Red Eye (2005)



Critic Consensus: With solid performances and tight direction from Wes Craven, Red Eye is a brisk, economic thriller.

Movie Info

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.

Rating: PG-13 (for some intense sequences of violence, and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Carl Ellsworth
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 10, 2006
Box Office: $57.9M
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as Jackson Rippner

as Joe Reisart, Lisa's...

as Cynthia

as Nice Lady

as Blonde Woman

as Senior Flight Attend...

as Headphone Kid

as Charles Keefe

as Marianne Taylor

as Bob Taylor

as Taxi Driver

as Airline Representati...

as Irate Passenger

as Dallas Ticket Agent

as Dallas Ticket Agent

as Dallas Gate Agent

as Rebecca

as Rebecca's Mom

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as Tex-Mex Bartender

as Headphone Kid's Brot...

as Newscaster

as Junior Flight Attend...

as Flight Attendant

as Hit Man at Dad's Hou...

as Keefe's Assistant

as Keefe's Head Bodygua...

as Lydia Keefe

as Keefe's Son

as Keefe's Daughter

as Keefe's Bodyguard

as Keefe's Bodyguard

as Coast Guard Officer

as Man on Fishing Boat

as Man on Fishing Boat

as Man on Fishing Boat

as Male Flight Attendan...

as Coffee Shop Girl

as Coffee Shop Girl

as Marine Coordinator
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Critic Reviews for Red Eye

All Critics (188) | Top Critics (42)

The psychological mind-games are played to the hilt, the pressurised cabin air increases the edge-of-the-seat tension and the 85-minute flight time is gratifyingly short.

Full Review… | June 3, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

If constructing a thriller could be likened to building a house, then Wes Craven's Red Eye is a perfect piece of architecture: It's clean-lined and soundly structured, without a foot of wasted space or any materials left unused.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

I'm not claiming masterpiece stature for Red Eye, just a solid professionalism in the acting, writing and direction that seems inextricably related to the modesty of its intentions.

Full Review… | September 7, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

The movie turns into a complicated duel that depends on precise observation of physical detail and moment-by-moment continuity so closely calibrated that it's impossible to find a wasted shot or an exaggerated emotion.

September 6, 2005
New Yorker
Top Critic

While not particularly original, Red Eye is immensely entertaining and a fine example of the classic suspense-thriller.

Full Review… | April 25, 2011

Works extremely well as a fast-paced adrenaline rush, but not so well as an allegory on today's government and security issues.

Full Review… | September 26, 2009
Film and Felt

Audience Reviews for Red Eye

A hugely underrated character-driven thriller that highly thrives off of the lead performances of Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy. Additionally, it's an amusing change of style for director Wes Craven, who manages to pack this film with lots of tight moments of tension and twists throughout.

Tyler Christian
Tyler Christian

Super Reviewer


A tightly-paced, efficiently directed and acted slice of horror concerning a hotel manager (Rachel McAdams) whose father's (Brian Cox) life is threatened while on a "red eye" flight by a first-charming individual (Cillian Murphy), who demands that she switches the room of a politician in her hotel so that an assassination can be smoothly executed. Horror master Wes Craven effortlessly runs this picture, loading it with suspense, phenomenal music to heighten the terror, and gets the most out of his young two-some of McAdams and Murphy. The first 2/3 effectively build to a thrilling conclusion, which is a little silly but unmistakably entertaining. I really wish more horror movies were done like this, concentrated on characters and their decisions, as opposed to "boo!" moments and supernatural elements. This one gets it right.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


Good thriller, I liked it. Different type of movie for Wes Craven, but he delivered.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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