Sunday, October 08, 2006

THE CURSE

Lisa Reisert, a hotel manager who attends to some very high profile customers, is catching a red eye flight back home after attending her grandmother's funeral. Unfortunately, there is a flight delay (What!? This never happens in the real world) and she's forced to spend a little extra time at the airport. While there, she meets a handsome and charming man by the name of Jackson Rippner. Lo and behold, the same handsome and charming man just happens to have the seat next to hers on the flight. Coincidence? Of course not. You saw the commercials!Once in the air, Jackson Rippner reveals his true intentions. There's an assassination plot afoot involving an important official staying at Lisa's hotel. Old Jack and his cohorts need Lisa's help to execute their plan (and the official). If she does as she's told, she'll live. If not, she will be Jack's next victim, and her beloved father will meet an untimely demise as well.In an age where the name Wes Craven has become more of a warning label than anything else, you can imagine my suprise when this movie didn't completely suck. But be warned, Red Eye is not a horror movie. It's more like an action/thriller that just happens to have a horror director at the helm.While the details plot are somewhat lacking (once they are revealed), the performances of the two main characters more than made up for it. Especially Cillian Murphy. This guy is starting to become one of my favorite actors. His simultaneously charming and chilling demeanor in this movie makes me think he could have been an understudy for the role of Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. Rachel McAdams's character could have easily turned into an over the top heroine, but she manages to keep things down to earth and believable.There is a genuine aura of tension and uneasiness in the first half of the film, and I applaud both McAdams and Murphy for creating that. It is only compounded by the claustrophobic setting of an airplane. But then the second half of the movie just turns into a straight-up action flick, so unfortunately that previously created aura dissipates. What really bothered me was the last 15 minutes, which reminded me way too much of the last 15 minutes of Scream. There were also some subplots and dialogue thrown in to incorporate humor that I really could have done without, especially towards the end. This film isn't great, but it is much better than the other crap Wes Craven has been putting out during the last half of his career. I give it 2.9 out of 5 guys who killed their parents because they didn't like the name they were given.(2005) Wes Craven, Carl Ellsworth Rachel McAdams .... Lisa Reisert Cillian Murphy .... Jackson Rippner Brian Cox .... Joe Reisert Jayma Mays .... Cynthia Angela Paton .... Nice Lady Laura Johnson .... Blonde Woman Suzie Plakson .... Senior Flight Attendant Max Kasch .... Headphone Kid Jack Scalia .... William Keefe Theresa Press-Marx .... Marianne Taylor Robert Pine .... Bob Taylor

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