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Overall Rating
3.43

Awesome: 20.59%
Worth A Look36.27%
Average: 19.61%
Pretty Bad: 12.75%
Total Crap: 10.78%

9 reviews, 48 user ratings


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Red Eye
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by EricDSnider

"The most terrifying part is that she paid FULL FARE!"
3 stars

Spare, unadorned and competent is "Red Eye," a compact thriller about an innocent woman being used as a pawn in a deadly game of cat and mouse, or something like that. It's barely 80 minutes long, it avoids extraneous characters, or even unnecessary traits for the characters it does have, and it has a scene where a female victim stabs her attacker in the neck with a pen. You want a thriller should give you more than that?!

Directed by alleged horror-master Wes Craven, there's nothing supernatural in "Red Eye," unless you count Cillian Murphy and Brian Cox struggling against nature to achieve American accents. It is, rather, a straightforward suspense film about Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams), manager of Miami's Lux Atlantic Resort and an expert in customer satisfaction. While returning to Miami from Dallas, she is befriended by a handsome stranger named Jackson Rippner (Murphy) who is evasive about his line of work.

Once they're airborne, with Jackson sitting next to Lisa, he tells her what's up. The deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security is about to arrive for a stay at Lisa's hotel. Lisa is to call from the plane and have him moved to a different suite, one specified by Jackson, where it will presumably be easier to kill him. If Lisa does not do this, Jackson will tell the hitman currently stationed outside Lisa's father's house to go inside and kill him.

There are all the usual shenanigans while they're still in the air, with Lisa making desperate attempts to deceive or disable Jackson or to alert authorities to her plight. None of it adds up to much suspense; we're too smart to believe everything will be resolved and the film will end with Lisa and Jackson still cruising at 30,000 feet.

Sure enough, the plane lands and that's when the actual excitement begins. Lisa's dad (Cox) is in danger, as is the deputy secretary of Homeland Security, as are all the guests at the Lux Atlantic. And only Lisa can save the day!!!!!!!!!!

This isn't much better than his recent horror efforts, but Craven (working from a script by Carl Ellsworth) has an admirable work ethic, cranking through the movie's standard twists and turns without ever losing pace. There is not a single bit of the plot that is not predictable, but there is always a giddy thrill in seeing someone pop out from behind something where you had not expected him to be.

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originally posted: 08/19/05 11:29:38
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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
8/02/10 PAUL SHORTT TENSE, EXCITING AND GRIPPING 4 stars
11/24/09 Albert Valentin Cillian Murphy is great in this! Very disturbing role and great movie! 5 stars
8/03/09 Rachel Wow..you 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 movies...it'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
1/18/06 DARIJA VAN HOUTEN KEEP ME ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT 4 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
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  19-Aug-2005 (PG-13)
  DVD: 10-Jan-2006

UK
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Australia
  01-Sep-2005


Directed by
  Wes Craven

Written by
  Carl Ellsworth

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



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