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With solid performances and tight direction from Wes Craven, Red Eye is a brisk, economic thriller.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Rare these days is the thriller that takes its time, allowing us to get comfortable with the characters before starting the chase or inducing the shocks.
For Wes Craven, who I like a lot as a slasher director, he really goes into a different direction with this.
Red Eye is the best Hollywood can do: a nifty flick about nothing.
The plot device of "woman in trouble meets woman triumphant" has grown a little long in the tooth lately but that doesn't mean it doesn't work.
The movie gains an effective footing by, basically, thoroughly exploiting one's fear of being blackmailed into something dangerous.
While not particularly original, Red Eye is immensely entertaining and a fine example of the classic suspense-thriller.
Works extremely well as a fast-paced adrenaline rush, but not so well as an allegory on today's government and security issues.
Quick but satisfying.
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.
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.
Good thriller, I liked it. Different type of movie for Wes Craven, but he delivered.
Weird and scary. I liked it! A must see!
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