An architect with a dubious past (Tim Robbins) moves to a suburb of D.C. His neighbor (Jeff Bridges) conveniently teaches a college course on domestic terrorism and is suspicious of the new guy, whose evasiveness about his latest project is supposed to seem sinister mainly because he’s left the plans lying around. The idiosyncratic instrumentation and melodies in the score by Angelo Badalamenti (Blue Velvet) and a masterful opening scene are wasted on this pathetic thriller, whose sidelong attempts at comic relief (mainly involving Joan Cusack as Robbins’s wife) seem a last-ditch effort to pretend that it isn’t supposed to be serious. Written by Ehren Kruger and directed by Mark Pellington.