Red Eye (2005)
USA / English
"Fear Takes Flight
"A woman is kidnapped by a stranger on a routine flight. Threatened by the potential murder of her father, she is pulled into a plot to assist her captor in offing a politician.
The perfect in-flight movie
Red Eye is not the kind of movie that's going to win the Palme D'or,
but Wes Craven has never been that kind of director, anyway, and his
branding is a good indication of what a film-goer can expect.
The fact that Red Eye is a tight little, undemanding package at 94
minutes is part of its charm and an indication of Craven's craft in
producing lightweight, but generally enjoyable, box office fare. In
fact, it's the perfect kind of movie to show as inflight entertainment,
attention-holding without putting any intellectual or emotional
challenges on the viewer.
Overall there is a cheesy feeling to the plot, vague terrorist subplot
motivation and the supporting characters, and the main section has a TV
movie feel. However, there are definite elements of Hitchcockian
suspense, and echoes of Schumacher's Phone Booth, which ultimately is a
more sophisticated (and pretentious) play on the same idea of emotional
crisis being played out suppressed in public.
For a film that focuses mainly on two people sitting in airline seats,
it lives or dies on the characters and script. Cillian's icy but
eloquent Jackson Rippner and Rachel MacAdams resourceful Lisa are the
main reasons the film gets carried off. Not only making the dialogue
zing but also giving some sort of Adam's Rib type dimension to their
battle of 'male logic' against feminine 'sensitivity'.
In the final portion of the film Craven indulges himself a little
Scream style as man-chases-girl-with-knife. The most surprising
revelation here is what Brian Cox looks like after the 'Just for Men'
treatment, his ubiqutous appearance in films as diverse as Super
Troopers, The Ring and this making him the sexegenarian version of Jude
Short haul fun.
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