The Glass House Reviews
Aside from the sheer joy of watching Stellan Skarsgard be bad, there is nothing unique or new about this thriller, which is as predictable as it is lame. Leelee Sobieski is a boring heroine, and Diane Lane is woefully underused.
Overall, I have very little to say about this film because the film has very little to say.
Trust can be as transparent as glass. When Ruby Baker's parents are killed in a car accident, her and her brother, Rhett, must travel to Malibu, to live with Terrence and Erin Glass, their former neighbors. At first, Ruby and Rhett are comfortable and happy. Ruby is making new friends at school and Rhett is getting more video games and flashy toys then he could possibly know what to do with! But, when Ruby speaks to her family's estate lawyer, he tells her that her parents have left her and Rhett $4 million. Suddenly, Ruby begins to notice odd behavior from Terry and Erin.
The house itself looks awesome, but it doesn't really contribute much to the movie. Weird directorial decision, especially since you can tell that they went all out on a lot of aspects of it.
The Glass House's achilles heel (or its rock, whizzing toward the window, if you will) is its writing. The dialogue is good, but the pacing is all over the map and there's very little "thrill" for a thriller movie. Ruby is a poorly-done character and you don't really feel much fear for her. Similarly, the villain doesn't really have enough opportunities to flex his evil muscles - he spends almost as much time getting threatened as Ruby. And as I said before, if you don't see nearly everything coming before it does, then you need to watch a few more bad thrillers.
Still, it's not a total wash. The Glass House is disposable fun - nothing that will end up on any Top 10 lists, but worthy of the hour and a half you fritter away on it.