Aside from the usual unrealistic chase scenes and room-to-room stalking scenes you find in each thriller, Red Eye is a decent suspense film. I really admire how much they could do with the story when most of the movie is two people sitting and talking. The movie feels claustrophobic in a cramped airplane and its lavatory heightening the sensation of the victim being trapped.
We see some really good escape attempts and bids for help from the hostage. And once we're free from the plane there's some good action as well. Wes Craven really dials the horror down to make a movie more about psychological helplessness rather than a physical threat. The film makes excellent tension and the actors are really great in their roles.
Related movies: Flight Plan, Air Force One, The River Wild, Cellular, and The Net.
It's not enough for this film to strand its characters in the remote winter wilderness. Oh no. There is tension between the characters as they now have the perfect opportunity to do murder and blame it on the treacherous environment. Fighting cold, hunger, exhaustion, and each other, they also end up repeatedly fighting off a HUGE bear. A real bear was trained for the stunts in this movie and jeem alive if those actors weren't wearing diapers for their scenes with it. This movie has remarkable tension from situations with both man and beast as the characters refuse to lay down and die; each attempt at survival is great to watch. I highly recommend this movie.