Disturbia (15)

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Time Out says

Mon Sep 10 2007

Audience demographics and business imperatives now dictate that every classic Hollywood movie be remade for 12 to 25-year-olds. Hack director DJ Caruso’s slick, adolescent reworking of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’ fuses John Hughes-style teen comedy with the darker suburban paranoia of Joe Dante’s ‘The ’burbs’. You’ll jump as if you’ve had electrodes attached to your sensitive parts; but when your nerve endings stop tingling, your brain won’t remember a thing.

Having lost his father in a road accident and punched out his Spanish teacher, mixed-up 17-year-old Kale (Shia LaBeouf) is fitted with an electronic tag that is activated if he strays more than 100 yards from his home. With the help of his nerdy tech-wizard pal Ronnie (Aaron Yoo), who also gets to do most of the legwork, Kale rigs up surveillance equipment and spies on his neighbours. Of particular interest is the new girl-next-door, Ashley (Sarah Roemer), but also the secretive Mr Turner (David Morse), who Kale becomes convinced is a serial killer.

The screenplay by Christopher Landon and Carl Ellsworth (‘Red Eye’) works best in the quieter, creepier scenes, where the threat is implied through hushed dialogue or telling (returned) looks. Sadly, the subsequent switch from playful voyeurism to life-threatening violence is abrupt, brutal and unconvincing. Also, it’s hard to work up the same emotional interest in three standard-issue teens (and Carrie-Anne Moss’s harassed mother) that one could invest in the urbane, wheelchairbound James Stewart and the glamorous Grace Kelly. That said, David Morse is physically and psychologically terrifying, and Caruso efficiently cranks up the tension and jeopardy during the extended finale.

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Release details

Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Sep 14, 2007

Duration:

104 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Shia LaBeouf, Aaron Yoo, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sarah Roemer, David Morse

Editor:

Jim Page

Production Designer:

Tom Southwell

Cinematography:

Rogier Stoffers

Producer:

Jackie Marcus, E Bennett Walsh, Joe Medjuck

Screenwriter:

Carl Ellsworth, Christopher Landon

Director:

D.J. Caruso

Music:

Geoff Zanelli

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Lee

I was really surprised with this film. Me and my friends went round our mates and my girlfriend's best friend chose this film out. I was a bit confused at the start with the fishing but once we had the crash I was like "Holy Crap" and from there the film was great! Most consider this a thriller but I'd say it was a good mix of thriller and horror. The thriller part of the film (which is most of it) was really good! I was wondering what was going on when Kale and his friends were watching Turner and at certain parts I expected him to jump out and kill someone. And when he didn't but the characters were missing I was completely hooked! There was one big in the film that I exc;aimed "Oh hell no!" and it turned out to be a joke on Kale. Once we got into the horror part I was amazed. THe direction was good, I was wondering where Turner was and when we had the gore (some will know what I'm talking about) I was seriously disturbed and even felt sorry for Kale. The finale was epic and satisfying. I felt one reason the horror parts of the film worked so well was because we were able to get to know the characters and begin to care for them. And when we thought they were dead we were seriously worried. One of the best films I've seen in years. If most horrors were like this we wouldn't have Rob Zombie ruining Halloween!

Lee

I was really surprised with this film. Me and my friends went round our mates and my girlfriend's best friend chose this film out. I was a bit confused at the start with the fishing but once we had the crash I was like "Holy Crap" and from there the film was great! Most consider this a thriller but I'd say it was a good mix of thriller and horror. The thriller part of the film (which is most of it) was really good! I was wondering what was going on when Kale and his friends were watching Turner and at certain parts I expected him to jump out and kill someone. And when he didn't but the characters were missing I was completely hooked! There was one big in the film that I exc;aimed "Oh hell no!" and it turned out to be a joke on Kale. Once we got into the horror part I was amazed. THe direction was good, I was wondering where Turner was and when we had the gore (some will know what I'm talking about) I was seriously disturbed and even felt sorry for Kale. The finale was epic and satisfying. I felt one reason the horror parts of the film worked so well was because we were able to get to know the characters and begin to care for them. And when we thought they were dead we were seriously worried. One of the best films I've seen in years. If most horrors were like this we wouldn't have Rob Zombie ruining Halloween!

Alex

The movie is OK, and Sarah is perfect like an actress as well as a very nice young women with a perfect body and looking as a miss Universe. Think everybody would like to have such a girlfriend ;)

Alex

The movie is OK, and Sarah is perfect like an actress as well as a very nice young women with a perfect body and looking as a miss Universe. Think everybody would like to have such a girlfriend ;)

Kiesha

Well i went to see it with my friend and we both quite ejoyed it! I thought it would be a bit better but i still liked it. Its a bit predictable though. has a few jumpy moments and a few jokes.

Kiesha

Well i went to see it with my friend and we both quite ejoyed it! I thought it would be a bit better but i still liked it. Its a bit predictable though. has a few jumpy moments and a few jokes.

Beth

Too be honest, not a bad fim really. Got my moneys worth. Bit creepy!

Beth

Too be honest, not a bad fim really. Got my moneys worth. Bit creepy!

smoochy sammy

it wasn't that good fair dos it mite have good plot to it but wasn't jumpy or scary and you could have guessed what would have happened not that interesting

smoochy sammy

it wasn't that good fair dos it mite have good plot to it but wasn't jumpy or scary and you could have guessed what would have happened not that interesting

Stuart Hawkins

A great film! I'd give it 5star! So gripping, but i real shock at the start, something involving a car crash, so realistic! If you think that you'll enjoy this film, then go and see it asap :)

Stuart Hawkins

A great film! I'd give it 5star! So gripping, but i real shock at the start, something involving a car crash, so realistic! If you think that you'll enjoy this film, then go and see it asap :)

Ash

It was really good. i loved the thriller bits a gore. It was jumpy but i some how a good thng i guess lol anyway i guess ian is reight it did a bit OTT but still great film. everyone must go see it noooooowwwww go on!

Ash

It was really good. i loved the thriller bits a gore. It was jumpy but i some how a good thng i guess lol anyway i guess ian is reight it did a bit OTT but still great film. everyone must go see it noooooowwwww go on!

Vikki

Great film, great injection of humour but at the same time has the gorey bits and jumpy bits. Recommended

Vikki

Great film, great injection of humour but at the same time has the gorey bits and jumpy bits. Recommended

yduric

I tend to agree with the latest user (ian): the idea of remaking 'Rear Window' was interesting and the first half of the film worked, but after that, how disappointing and cliché the film became is unbelievable. It seemed that the director and the screenwriter had totally ran out of imagination: the second half of the film is godddamn so CONVENTIONAL, especially the overlong finale in the serial killer's house, this is something we have already seen at least a thousand times in this type of film, it felt like watching some quickly written B-grade horror film.

yduric

I tend to agree with the latest user (ian): the idea of remaking 'Rear Window' was interesting and the first half of the film worked, but after that, how disappointing and cliché the film became is unbelievable. It seemed that the director and the screenwriter had totally ran out of imagination: the second half of the film is godddamn so CONVENTIONAL, especially the overlong finale in the serial killer's house, this is something we have already seen at least a thousand times in this type of film, it felt like watching some quickly written B-grade horror film.