After arriving just in time for her flight back home to Miami,
Lisa (McAdams) finds out that the plane has been delayed. In the check-in
line she meets Jackson (Murphy) and the pair strike up a conversation and
share a drink in the departure lounge. When they actually get to board the
plane, Lisa finds that her seat is actually next to Jackson but this is
no coincidence because Jackson has a hidden agenda.
Horror master Wes Craven moves away from this favourite genre
to bring us a psychological thriller but can he bring his trademark style
to a new kind of movie?
The move from gore to suspense isn't that big a leap for a
director who is used to keeping the tension rate extremely high in all of
his movies, Wes Craven brings you another kind of terror. Instead of blood
soaked killings we have a premise that relies on the threat of violence
than the actual act itself because this is a movie all about two people
in a very small environment.
Taking place primarily on an airplane, the film is all about
the interaction between the two main characters Lisa and Jackson. The tension
builds as Jackson reveals his true intension for actually showing Lisa so
much attention. This is when the film really takes off, as Jackson turns
from an endearing, mild-mannered, friendly guy into a calculated, driven
soldier who knows exactly what he needs to do to get the job done. With
no weapon, his power comes from fear and the promise of a threat, that drives
Lisa to do what he needs her to do. This is where the film works extremely
The film would be nothing without two competent actors bringing
the main characters to life. Rachel McAdams is really starting to make an
impact in Hollywood and as Lisa, as she brings both fear and determination
to the character as the situation develops. This is a character that you
might think is a usual silver screen victim but she soon turns into a strong
female lead, which Wes Craven really likes to promote in most of his movies.
Cillian Murphy proves again that he is an actor to watch. As Jackson, he
creates a character that transforms from a charming nice guy into a man
who will do anything to complete his assignment. This is another great part
for Murphy, which he really gets to grips with. The rest of the cast really
don't get much of a look in but Brian Cox and newcomer Jayma Mays are the
ones that really standout.
'Red Eye' is a psychological thriller that pushes the envelope
for a while but then falls into clichéd. The reasons and people behind the
plot are never really revealed and the finale falls back into the normal,
run-of-the-mill thriller ending but this doesn't spoil what has gone before.
This makes the movie a tensioned filled thrill ride that will keep you on
the edge of your seat as soon as Jackson's mission is revealed.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1, the
movie is presented extremely well.
Director Wes Craven, producer Marianne Maddelena and editor Patrick Lussier
come together to talk about the making of 'Red Eye'. This informative
and fun track reveals how they got involved in this very different project
for the horror veterans and how the script drew them in. They talk extensively
about casting and the characters of the piece and what it was like shooting
in the confided space of a plane. This is a good commentary track from
a master of the genre.
The Making of 'Red Eye' (11.38 mins)
Director Wes Craven, executive producer Mason Novick, production designer
Bruce Miller, special visual effects supervisor Ron Bolanowski, writer
Carl Ellsworth and stars Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Jayma Mays and
Brian Cox take you behind the scenes of the making of the movie. The group
talk about the script, take you onto the plane set, talk about the challenges
of shooting in such close quarters and take you through the shooting of
the airplane bathroom scene in this informative featurette.
Wes Craven: A new kind of Thriller (10.50 mins)
Director Wes Craven, executive producer Mason Novick, writer Carl Ellsworth
and stars Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Jayma Mays and Brian Cox talk
about moving into a different genre but injecting some of Wes Craven's
trademark horror into a thriller. The director and his cast and crew talk
about creating a different kind of fear in such a small space with only
two main characters. They discuss the strengths of the story, the casting
of the piece and the actors reveal what it is like working with the horror
Gag Reel (6.29 mins)
Watch behind the scenes footage as the cast and crew make hashes of their
lines and have fun on the set of 'Red Eye'.
Watch the trailer for 'Just Like Heaven'
With an excellent commentary track and informative and fun featurettes,
DreamWorks has done a good job with the DVD transfer of 'Red Eye'. Fans
of the movie will be pleased as the bonus features offer an insight into
how the horror master adapted to the change of genre.
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