Directed by: WES CRAVEN
Starring: RACHEL MCADAMS, CILLIAN MURPHY,
Released by: Dream Works
Short: "Fear of flying" takes
on a whole new meaning in this taut sky-high
thriller from horror master Wes Craven.
Up for a Scary Trip
more than thirty years, director Wes Craven's name has
been synonymous with the word "horror" as well
as with expectation of extreme blood and gore. In prior
films like "Scream" or "Nightmare on Elm
Street," he stretched realism in favor of big scares.
Knowing this makes "Red Eye" a surprise, for
this time Craven shifts away from his tried-and-true genre
and has made a distinctly compelling film strongly rooted
in the reality of today's fears of terrorism. The scares
are still very effective; in fact, even more so than in
those horror flicks, because "Red Eye" is much
closer to something that could really happen.
McAdams stars as Lisa Reisert, a Miami hotel manager whose
position of power makes her a perfect target for a clever
band of terrorists. She meeting the charming Jackson (Cillian
Murphy) while waiting for her red-eye flight to wing her
home from Dallas, and all seems well. That is, until she
gets on the plane and discovers that not only is he her
seatmate, but he's not quite as nice as he first seemed.
resulting flight sequence is a brilliant two-hander, with
both actors giving completely believable performances
as the tension and fear builds between them. And once
the plane finally lands and the action heats up, the film
is as exciting as any good thriller of recent memory.
Craven understands exactly how to bring an audience to
the edge of their seats, with a terrorist scenario that
is all too believable and expertly realized.
hard to say too much about "Red Eye" without
giving away important plot points that should be left
for discovery by the viewer. And since the whole point
of a good thriller is to experience it not knowing what
is going to happen next, our advice is to avoid watching
the trailer, don't read or listen to any more reviews,
and just go and see it.