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Red Eye
DVD disk
01.24.2006 By: Sturdy
Red Eye order
Director:
Wes Craven

Actors:
Rachel McAdams
Cillian Murphy
Brian Cox

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Jackson (Cillian Murphy) threatens to kill Lisa’s (Rachel McAdams) father unless she helps him in his assassination plot.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I hate to steal a line from David Spade’s old Saturday Night Live skit, but I liked this movie better when it was called NICK OF TIME. It’s a basic tale of an innocent person being threatened with the murder of a loved one so they’ll help kill a politician. Nick was good because it was shown in real time and it was a neat gimmick that not many movies have been able to recreate. RED EYE, however has no gimmick and is about as average of a film as you can get.

I wouldn’t call this a “thriller”. It was mildly intense at a select few moments, but hardly thrilling. Maybe I have a problem with Wes Craven. It would be easy to have a problem with him since he churns out mindless drivel like this every year or so. It’s a shame too, because I think Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy are talented actors that deserve better.

The story is very linear with no plot twists or turns. You basically know how this one’s going to end. I do think it would have been better served to at least try to surprise the audience, but maybe I’m asking too much. I also couldn’t buy Lisa going from whimpering little girl to bad-ass in about six minutes. It didn’t fit and felt very forced on the part of the film-makers.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by Wes Craven, Marianne Maddalena and Patrick Lussier: As you’ve probably guessed, my opinion on the film differed from their opinions on the film. So I got bored listening to them talk about their film. However, if you somehow liked the film, you’ll probably enjoy this one.

Gag Reel (6:29): Average stuff, but obviously some of the crew put the little girl up to saying some pretty funny stuff. I wish they would’ve put that much time into the script.

Making of Red Eye (11:36): Standard fluff piece with the main players involved telling you about the film. At one point Wes Craven said “A director can do nothing if he doesn’t have a good script.” I couldn’t have said it better myself Mr. Craven.

Wes Craven: A New Kind of Horror (10:49): This is ten minutes of everyone slurpin’ up Wes Craven. Also, they use the words “horror”, “suspense” and “thriller” WAY too liberally. This movie was none of the above. These featurettes make me wander if they even watched the film or if they’re reading a cue card.

There are also some Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This film was so pedestrian that it’s hard to actually come up with adjectives to describe it. It offered nothing new or interesting and like I said, I feel like I’ve seen it before.
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