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Red Eye (DVD)
Member Name: Dangey2009
Red Eye (DVD)
Advantages: Gripping and intense
Disadvantages: Slow to start perhaps
Red Eye, originally released in 2005 is a pretty enjoyable action drama thriller directed by Wes Craven. It is definately worth watching on DVD.
The premise for the story is of a young, dedicated, but lonely hotel manager by the name of Lisa Reisert played by Rachel McAdams. She learns that hit man Jackson Rippner played by Cillian Murphy wants to use her to switch Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, Charles Keefe's hotel room. The purpose of changing the rooms, is that the switch will mean that Keefe and his family are in a large open room with a large window, and therefore vulnerable to attack by rocket launcher.
As the movie starts we see an unidentified man taking Lisa's father's wallet from his home and taking his credit cards and destoying the rest of the contents. Next we move to a large crate being broken open and inside a strange waterproof box being loaded into the back of a van. Meanwhile Lisa is on her way to the airport.
Once at the airport Lisa learns her flight is delayed and she meets Jackson in the queue. In the bar they have drinks together and sit next to each other on the plane. Her mood changes when she realises the real reason that Jackson has befriended her. She soon discovers he has been stalking and secretly watching her every move for weeks knowing she has managerial access to change Keefe's room at the hotel. She has a terrible choice to make and a no win situation. She either agrees and changes the room so Keefe and his family will be killed or disagrees and her father will be killed by an assassin sitting outside his home.
Because of the way the script is written and the awful situation she is faced with the movie drew me in and I became intrigued as to which way she should turn. Should she agree and in doing so condemn a man to death or stand and fight and try to save her father from being murdered?
Lisa Reisert's characters is very interesting and played extremely well. She does a great job of pulling the audience into her plight and bring realism to the impossible position she is in. She controls the move esentially from start to finish.
Although a little slow to start perhaps once this film got going I was gripped and it's intensity keeps you watching as you wonder what you might do in a similar situation. The movie does contain some bad language that would not be suitable for children and a little bit of violence as you might expect from a film of this nature. It is an action packed movie after the opening and is very engaging. Highly recommended
Summary: Overall an action packed movie