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Total Crap: 10.78%

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Red Eye
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by Erik Childress

"Quicker Than A Standard Ted Flight Delay"
4 stars

Occasionally at the movies you can just sense a director just eager to direct something. Sometimes they’ve been out of the game for a while; other times they have just been coming off of a bad experience. If there’s any truth to one film being the answer to a previous one, it’s most certainly Red Eye. With Wes Craven going through the ins-and-out of the disaster that was the aptly titled, Cursed, it’s a wonder he would ever want to get behind the camera again. But he’s back on the horse at full speed, looking to get in and get out as swiftly as possible and taking the audience along with him. You may not consider 76 mins of entertainment (from studio logo to the start of the end credits) worth your $9 at the box office. But most rollercoasters last less than two minutes and you have to wait an hour to ride them. For that I consider Red Eye one helluva bargain.

Craven works so fast that we’re barely through the opening credits when we’re introduced to some not-so-humanitarian plot being put in action and our heroine, Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams), a hotel manager workaholic returning home from her grandmother’s funeral. Her dad (Brian Cox) has the fatherly habit of constantly being worried for her. So much so, that he’ll be up all night watching the “comedy marathon” until her flight arrives safely.

While awaiting the delayed flight (surprisingly not a “Ted” flight) she meets Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy), a blue-eyed charmer that would be right at home in a romantic drama with Lisa if only he wasn’t saddled with a name that got him ridiculed on the playground. Psychological history aside, Jackson is one bad dude. Acting as a handler for some terrorist group, Jackson startles Lisa on the plane with intimate knowledge of her and promises to kill dear ol’ dad if she doesn’t follow his precise instructions.

Carl Ellsworth’s script is so efficient that even Jackson’s instructions, while morally horrendous, are fairly simple. 1-2-3 without the 2 & 3. Daddy lives but someone else doesn’t. There are only so many moves Lisa has in mid-air and nearly all of them are precisely what we would think to do, if only because we saw them in a movie some time. With time a factor to both a crisis being averted and our own suspension of disbelief running out, Craven presses forward until he can get to what he’s really exceptional at – the girl-stalking killer routine.

If Red Eye starts out Hitchcockian and two-thirds of the way through becomes Scream, hey, so be it. Without winking to the audience, we’ve got a great villain (terrifically played by Murphy) who goes from calm & collective to a doubly psychotic Batmanesque nemesis and its great fun. Large credit goes to McAdams and the overall handling of Lisa who doesn’t behave like just another victim (despite the no-no of running upstairs). The only error in judgment comes in the form of a poorly photoshopped McAdams pasted onto the body of a LaCrosse player. But chalk it up to McAdams to sell us on knowing how to use that LaCrosse stick.

Wes Craven clearly is having fun playing with territory where Brian DePalma would have been a pig in slop. Setting up various key passengers on the plane as accomplices in Lisa’s salvation is done just subtly enough to keep Craven maybe just a quarter beat ahead of us; although the young girl’s intro could have been jettisoned and not a beat (quarter or otherwise) would have been lost. Speed may be the modern granddaddy of this genre but over the years, both Phone Booth and Cellular have succeeded in delivering fast-paced thrills out of a miniscule concept. Red Eye falls directly into that camp. The villainous plot couldn’t be more simplistic. There are no grand twists to challenge the logic any more than it already could and there’s a nice, proficient crackle to the dialogue between McAdams & Murphy that rises the material above the average dolts we meet in Hollywood thrillers. Red Eye gets you in, gets you out and you leave hoping the next ride is just as fun.

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User Comments

2/21/17 morris campbell tight & tense 4 stars
9/20/15 James Doesn't deserve a star. Waste of talent. 1 stars
10/01/12 Mike grant Terrible. I can't believe how stupid this film becomes at the end. 1 stars
6/20/12 Turd Ferguson Murphy is amazing, McAdams is gorgeous, the rest of the movie is a disaster 1 stars
10/07/10 LKim This crap deserves 2 stars at most, but I'm giving it 3 cause Murphy did incredible with it 3 stars
11/24/09 Albert Valentin Cillian Murphy is great in this! Very disturbing role and great movie! 5 stars
8/03/09 Rachel never knew what to expect next! 5 stars
8/21/08 Shaun Wallner The storyline is well made! 4 stars
4/27/07 Total Crap I'm giving it 2 stars cuz of suspense, But the story is bland and redundant. It sucks. 2 stars
2/19/07 Nick Maday By itself, it was pretty good. Compared to Cursed, it was a masterpiece. 4 stars
2/10/07 MP Bartley It gets in, it gets out, it gets the job done with panache. Murphy is great. 4 stars
1/30/07 Matt Don't try and read too much into it. Instantly forgettable, but perfectly watchable. 4 stars
1/10/07 Anthony Feor It's like gravol before a plane flight 2 stars
10/03/06 bullit16 Best thing I can say about this? McAdams sure is pretty 2 stars
9/28/06 MMB We were very disappointed. Was pretty good until the plane landed, then got cheesy. 2 stars
8/28/06 Ryan_A Murphy's nice and creepy, and McAdams is good. The movie, not so much. 2 stars
8/26/06 Stanley Thai It's an average thriller with great acting. 3 stars
8/16/06 xxx A great thriller...I highly recommend it! 5 stars
6/02/06 Danny Very suspensful - I liked it a lot. 4 stars
5/31/06 Bryan McAllister one of the best movies ive seen in a long time 5 stars
4/05/06 Alison Not necessarily a scary's more like a thriller. I loved it. 5 stars
3/16/06 chris f very entertaining film 5 stars
3/11/06 Dillon Rachel McAdams is great, but the movie usually didnt work 3 stars
2/17/06 Indrid Cold Solid but uninspired. I think Craven's only good movie ever (Scream) was sort of a fluke. 3 stars
2/07/06 Anthony This movie was 1hr and 10 min and was boring 3 stars
2/05/06 Shawn Gadberry Sorry...Put me to sleep. Was this supposed to be a TV movie? Seemed like it was... 2 stars
2/02/06 Gary Mitchell Not bad....very entertaining! 4 stars
1/29/06 Zaharin Bin Abdul Razak Pretty much the same as "Nick of Time". So what's the point? 2 stars
1/20/06 Mike Pulido Predictable.over too quickly seemed like something was missing 3 stars
1/15/06 Quigley One can basically sum of this movie's awesomeness in two words: Cillian Murphy. 5 stars
1/15/06 Jeremy Fassler (the artist formerly known as JFas) This film was extremely overrated. Never had any suspense for me. 1 stars
1/13/06 Perry Mason idiotic, dull, witless thriller 1 stars
11/09/05 Priscilla Posthlethwaite Uncommonly original, tense thriller. More evidence of Rachel McAdams as a serious talent. 5 stars
10/26/05 Katie Evridge Red Eye is definatly a great thriller. 4 stars
10/18/05 Agent Sands Cillian Murphy steals---and saves---this otherwise dull thriller. 4 stars
10/08/05 Frenzy Ending was to HAPPY 3 stars
10/05/05 Naewar Loved it! Can't wait to see it again! 5 stars
9/25/05 Josh Standlee This movie kicks more ass than anyone could possibly imagine! Brilliant!!!! 5 stars
9/07/05 bentable just a great movie 5 stars
9/05/05 marge a real a hitchcock 4 stars
9/04/05 Quigley Cillian Murphy ruled so much! McAdams wasn't bad either. This movie is full of awesomeness. 5 stars
8/26/05 S Davis Wes Craven is back from that "Curses" mess. Outstanding performances...great plot. GREAT! 5 stars
8/25/05 ES A suspenseful, fun ride, McAdams gives her best performance, ending completely satisfies 4 stars
8/24/05 Brandy Harrington Check it out, this is better than Scream and Elm Street. 5 stars
8/22/05 Seymore great 5 stars
8/20/05 Hockeytown A heroine in heels wielding a field hockey stick? I miss the NHL SOOOO bad! 3 stars
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  19-Aug-2005 (PG-13)
  DVD: 10-Jan-2006



Directed by
  Wes Craven

Written by
  Carl Ellsworth

  Rachel McAdams
  Cillian Murphy
  Brian Cox
  Jayma Mays
  Jack Scalia
  Colby Donaldson

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