Dub Cee Reviews: Red Eye (2005)
Directed By: Wes Craven
Written By: Carl Ellsworth
I really enjoyed how from the first moment this movie has you wondering just what in the hell is going on. The majority of the story takes place on the airplane with two people sitting next to each other. If not handled correctly this movie could become extremely droll. However, I felt the pacing of the story was actually quite good. The characters were interesting and well developed.
I also liked the small little clues about the situation and the characters that were decorated along the trail. For example, the fresh wound on the chest of Rachel McAdams character. The event that caused that wound is part of what defines her now. Along those lines I truly was thankful that McAdams did not portray her character as some sobbing, weak female we see so often in these style films. Instead she is trying the entire time to outwit Cillian Murphy but he is constantly just ahead of her. Finally in desperation she gets physical.
I have always liked films that allow you to put yourself into the characters position and force you think about exactly what you would do. This movie is at least somewhat plausible and thus I enjoyed it.
There are some fair gripes about this one. Particularly the lack of action. After all, the majority of the film is two people on a plane. However, I enjoyed the character interaction we get from this. Cillian Murphy is both charming as flat out creepy in the same instant and I would love to see him in more roles like this one.
Overall, I really like this film and would recommend it to most people. However, it is not a film everyone will enjoy. Thus my final rating for this movie is a C+.