It’s Man Vs. Car in NYC and Tim Robbins is “The Rectifier”

Granted, I always secretly hoped that Tom Hanks would play the Aaron Naparstek role in "Honku: The Movie" but Tim Robbins’ new film "Noise" is, without question, the early runner-up for Streetsblog’s 2008 Movie of the Year:

David (Oscar-winner and New York City resident Tim Robbins) is a successful lawyer who can’t stand
the fact that Manhattan is a place where it’s too noisy to get a good
night’s sleep, listen to classical music, or even make love to his wife
without disturbance. Every time David hears a car alarm going off, he
swings into action. Adopting the guise of “The Rectifier,” he engages
in acts of vandalism that satisfy him immensely but which generate no
end of grief from his wife (Bridget Moynahan). They also make him
politically controversial when he provokes the ire of the city’s
arrogant mayor (Oscar-winner William Hurt).

Best of all, "Noise" offers up the most concise and accurate summary of NYPD traffic enforcement policy I’ve ever seen:

"You don’t come when the car is attacking us, only when we’re attacking the car."

— Tim Robbins to New York City police officer.

  • jmc

    Awesome! This is my new favorite movie.

    I hope he goes after the cancer of the car customization businesses that install alarms and the ridiculous stereo systems that set them off.

  • Tony

    I second this movie!!! great trailer!!
    But I don’t care for the romance or affair part either way..

  • mike

    Oh my god, this is me in a fantasy world. 😉

  • Geck

    And the original score is by the street smart microscopic, ex-New Yorker Phillip Johnston.

  • Ed Ravin

    I’ve used a line like that for year – when the police respond to car alarm, they act like the car is the victim, not the perp.

  • Josh

    Is “The Rectifier” anything like the ERADICATOR?

  • Andy B from Jersey

    That is the movie quote of the year!

  • md

    Here’s hoping the film will inspire some copycats.

  • Jim

    Honku would make a nice sequel. He turns his rage against hornblowers then ultimately finds peace in poetry, activism and blogging.

  • Mark Walker

    I’ll definitely see this film.

    I think Kunstler’s World Made by Hand would make an excellent film. By depicting a world where cars have stopped running, it would be a healthy antidote to all those ridiculous movies (most recently I Am Legend) where civilized life as we know it has come to a stop but there is still one idiot with an inexplicable and endless supply of gasoline.

  • Ormond Otvoso

    Everybody cheers lawbreaking, wants no taxes to pay for policing, and wonders why things are falling apart.

    Sell your videogame and send the proceeds to your local police department.

  • Jen

    Oh wow, this is fantastic. I cannot wait.

  • uSkyscraper

    Kind of dumb. I mean, I’ve called 911 myself before to complain about a car alarm that kept going off every 5 minutes in the middle of the night but even I can’t agree with this. If someone with an alarm sees their car damaged in this way, they will assume that they need an alarm even more and so will everyone else who owns a car who does not have an alarm.

    The correct response is to simply ban, at a regulatory level, audible car alarms in New York. If California can write its own emissions laws, New York can surely ban audible alarms. Flashing lights, OnStar calls, etc. are fine but no beeping horns.

  • an old roommate of mine told me about a story of how he lived in a neighborhood where some idiot had a car with the loudest sound system on the planet. they would play it at any time of day or night. after a while, folks got sick of it and torched the guy’s car.

    there are people in my neighborhood with horns so loud, i swear they ripped them off of a train. i am not exaggerating. really, they are that loud. i can hear them honk their horn at least a mile away. also, some people’s car stereos rattle things on my shelf. in my my apartment’s lease, i am entitled to something called “quiet enjoyment.” this is anything but.

    i can see alot of copycat stuff happening after this movie comes out. after all, we are a nation disintegrating.

  • uSkyscraper, i doubt you actually called 911 because of a car alarm. that would have warranted you getting a big fat ticket or something worse for using 911 for a non-emergency.

    oh, and by the way, california cannot write it’s own emissions laws. california was stopped from doing this, ironically, by a certain agency called, get this, the “environmental protection agency.” what a laugh, right?

  • Ian Turner

    I have callled 311 regarding car alarms, and they will in fact connect you to 911. No big fat ticket for me, but an officer did (eventually) come out and yell at the owner. Dunno what the resolution was, but the alarms did stop.


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