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Red Eye (2005)
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Review Date: January 10, 2006
Director: Wes Craven
Writer: Carl Ellsworth
Producers: Chris Bender, Marianne Maddalena
Actors:
Rachel McAdams as Lisa
Cillian Murphy as Jackson
Brian Cox as Joe
Plot:
A redhead hottie meets a blue-eyed boytoy while waiting in line for her flight at the airport. Once in the plane, the girl is surprised to find that she also happens to be sitting next to the charming young lad. She is further amazed to find that he’s actually not that much of a nice guy and really just wants her to help him whack a government official…or he’ll kill her dad! Basically, take NICK OF TIME, replace Johnny Depp with Rachel McAdams, Christopher Walken with Cillian Murphy, and you get the idea. Oh, unfortunately for us, neither film really takes advantage of their ripe premises.
Critique:
What a weird movie. And I don’t mean “weird” in the sense that it’s an odd film, but rather that its design feels schizophrenic in a lot of ways. Add that to the fact that it barely registers 77 minutes in length (and that’s including the opening credits!) and you’ve got yourself one of the shortest thrillers of all-time, combined with a split-personality of a plotline. Consider how the movie opens on a cute romance note, with the lead couple, Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy, meeting “by chance” in an airport line-up, chatting it up and all the rest of the bullshit that usually goes into fake movie meetings of the sort (I wish I met someone at the airport who would drink with me). The film then downshifts into some heavy thrills once on the plane, as things don’t seem to be as they were, and despite the limited quarters, some potent suspense is generated by the two actors. Both of them come through in their respective parts, with McAdams really selling us on the girl “scared shitless” routine and Murphy really “scaring us shitless” with his nasty blue eyes routine. That bastard was creeeeeeepy. By that point, things were actually rolling along just great as I wondered how in the world McAdams would slip out of her dilemma, and how things would ultimately turn out, i.e. I was actually interested in the characters and invested in their plight.

So what do the filmmakers decide to do once the plane lands on the ground? Well, pretty much everything that would now take away from any believability built into the film, as people are stabbed, cops are tossed into the mix and the airport, in this day and age, suddenly becomes the easiest place to escape anybody, apparently. Things only get more ridiculous after that, as cars are stolen, McAdams suddenly turns into Wonder Woman, accomplishing anything she pretty much desires, and Murphy loses the capacity to retain his testicles as his character suddenly turns into a chump. It kinda felt like they were writing the script as they went and when they ran out of plot on the plane, they scratched out the most cockamamie twists and turns they could and in turn, took me completely out of the film…and its favor. It’s too bad too, because the midsection of this picture was actually pretty damn good. Sadly, the film’s final 10 minutes are beyond ridiculous and you really wonder what happened at that point. All in all, I guess I would still recommend this film to anyone looking to pad an hour and fifteen minutes over their weekend, especially if they like both of the actors and don’t mind weak endings.
(c) 2014 Berge Garabedian
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3:02PM on 02/12/2006
Nothing to special, but still a fun way to kill 2 hours. After "Cursed", I kinda thought the master was done for, but with this thriller I can see he's back. Kudos to the casting department, too. Rachel McAdams did a great job of looking cute and being scared at the same time. And Cillian Murphey, he was FANTASTIC! He could really play the seemingly charming but turning out to be creepy part damn well. "Red Eye" is worth your rental.
Nothing to special, but still a fun way to kill 2 hours. After "Cursed", I kinda thought the master was done for, but with this thriller I can see he's back. Kudos to the casting department, too. Rachel McAdams did a great job of looking cute and being scared at the same time. And Cillian Murphey, he was FANTASTIC! He could really play the seemingly charming but turning out to be creepy part damn well. "Red Eye" is worth your rental.
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5:48AM on 02/07/2006
This flick was short, sweet, and to the point. It wasted no time in freaking us out with the scenario presented. Cillian Murphy was great as the overpowering villain and Rachel McAdams, who's such a delight to see, was good as the heroine and hostage to Murphy's "abductor." The movie has nonstop suspense that keeps you guessing and/or freaking out. Great suspense ride from Wes Craven. Oh yeah, it's always cool to see Bryan Cox in a flick.
This flick was short, sweet, and to the point. It wasted no time in freaking us out with the scenario presented. Cillian Murphy was great as the overpowering villain and Rachel McAdams, who's such a delight to see, was good as the heroine and hostage to Murphy's "abductor." The movie has nonstop suspense that keeps you guessing and/or freaking out. Great suspense ride from Wes Craven. Oh yeah, it's always cool to see Bryan Cox in a flick.
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11:12PM on 01/19/2006

Fun yet forgettable

I had a fun time seeing RED EYE. It had many flaws and some stupid plot turns but overall it was a very entertaining film. Rachel McAdams added a lot with her very strong performance and beautiful looks. I would say this is a very fun yet forgettable movie. From the teaser trailer I thought it would be a lot better.
I had a fun time seeing RED EYE. It had many flaws and some stupid plot turns but overall it was a very entertaining film. Rachel McAdams added a lot with her very strong performance and beautiful looks. I would say this is a very fun yet forgettable movie. From the teaser trailer I thought it would be a lot better.
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2:13PM on 01/16/2006

Great

I thought Red Eye was an excellent movie and an excellent thriller. I was kept on the edge of my seat ever since he exposed his dark secret. The last 15 minutes generated a lot of suspense and
I loved it. Even though I thought the ending was a bit anti-climactic it was still an excellent thriller.
I thought Red Eye was an excellent movie and an excellent thriller. I was kept on the edge of my seat ever since he exposed his dark secret. The last 15 minutes generated a lot of suspense and
I loved it. Even though I thought the ending was a bit anti-climactic it was still an excellent thriller.
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10:49PM on 01/11/2006
I liked this movie. I was Wes Craven's Redemption for the other crap he has done in a while. *Awesome part* When Cillian Murphy gets stabbed in the throat with a pen. Haha.
I liked this movie. I was Wes Craven's Redemption for the other crap he has done in a while. *Awesome part* When Cillian Murphy gets stabbed in the throat with a pen. Haha.
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8:31AM on 01/10/2006
NOT perfect by any means, and it suffers from its own lack of logic, and it is indeed very short that it felt like a 24 episode. But it was well-done and thrilling through out its slim running time with a couple of awsome performances by Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy. The Scream-like final chapter of slasher imitations felt out of place but was fun nonetheless. I loved the film despite my awareness of its flaws and thats a good thing (I guess!!)
NOT perfect by any means, and it suffers from its own lack of logic, and it is indeed very short that it felt like a 24 episode. But it was well-done and thrilling through out its slim running time with a couple of awsome performances by Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy. The Scream-like final chapter of slasher imitations felt out of place but was fun nonetheless. I loved the film despite my awareness of its flaws and thats a good thing (I guess!!)
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7:53AM on 01/10/2006

Tight and vicious. Just what thrillers ought to be!

*I* personally thought this movie was very well-done. The twist in the romance was great and well-done, the tension was tight, the paranoia/claustrophobia was plentiful, and I was very pleased with all three leads. Cillian Murphy definately plays a great villain, and I enjoyed Rachel McAdams' role here even more than in _The Notebook_. As for the film's length, so what? Would you (anyone) rather the movie have ridiculous action scenes and extensive, over-the-top twist after twist after
*I* personally thought this movie was very well-done. The twist in the romance was great and well-done, the tension was tight, the paranoia/claustrophobia was plentiful, and I was very pleased with all three leads. Cillian Murphy definately plays a great villain, and I enjoyed Rachel McAdams' role here even more than in _The Notebook_. As for the film's length, so what? Would you (anyone) rather the movie have ridiculous action scenes and extensive, over-the-top twist after twist after twist to stretch it past the 90-minute mark? By keeping it short and sweet, Mr. Craven cut (hah!) the fat out of what could potentially have been just another overdone thriller and made something tight and vicious. I, for one, was very impressed.
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