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Red Eye (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

A movie directed by Wes Craven

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Above Average Thriller

  • Mar 3, 2006
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"Red Eye" deserves three-and-a-half stars more than four, but I graded it up for one simple reason: It isn't boring. So many of today's so-called "thrillers" are just dull. With "Red Eye," Wes Craven manages to create a bit of suspension by skillfully building up our primary characters in Lisa(the lovely Rachel McAdams) and Jackson(the sinisterly perfect Cillian Murphy). When we are first introduced to Lisa, we learn that she's the one solid rock in a world full of chaos. She helps a co-worker, talks with the taxi driver, and has a phone conversation with her father all at once. She appears to be very control of not just her life, but the world around her as well. Jackson's the typical gentleman, almost too nice. He handles a situation that could have gotten nasty in a very nice and toned down way. He is precise and calculating. With these aspects of our primary characters fleshed out, we get on the red eye flight to Miami with them.

Calculating as ever, Murphy's character makes sure that he and McAdams end up seated together. As the plane takes flight, Murphy makes a proposition to McAdams. It's a proposition that can quickly tear her world apart. Does she give in to Jackson, or does she try to outwit him? I can't say much more without giving away the conclusion of the film.

Just know that this is an above-average thriller. It won't make you fear flying anymore than you already do, but it will hold your attention for its brisk running time. It's worth a look, and perhaps a purchase.


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review by . April 14, 2010
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review by . May 16, 2009
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review by . February 23, 2006
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review by . January 17, 2006
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review by . August 19, 2005
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Veteran horror director Wes Craven lends his proven talent to the non-horror thrillerRed-Eye, turning it into an above-average potboiler that makes the most of its 85 tension-packed minutes. That's a perfect running time for a movie like this, in which a resourceful heroine Lisa (Rachel McAdams, the breakout star of 2005) is trapped on a red-eye flight with creepy villain Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy, even more menacing than he was as the Scarecrow inBatman Begins) who's playing middle-man in the plot to assassinate a Homeland Security official. He's got her father pinned down by a would-be killer, using that advantage to coerce Lisa into phoning the luxury resort where she works and arranging to move the target into a pre-set position. It's a situation from which there is seemingly no escape, but of course Craven and screenwriter Carl Ellsworth find a way to milk the suspenseful dilemma for all it's worth, even managing to wedge in a few intriguing character details to enhance the fast-moving plot. It's still a B-movie, but it's tightly constructed and well-executed by Craven, whose previous films made him a perfect choice to maximize all thatRed-Eyehas to offer.--Jeff Shannon
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Director: Wes Craven
Screen Writer: Carl Ellsworth, Dan Foos
DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
Runtime: 85 minutes
Studio: Dreamworks Video
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