Red Eye

Red Eye (2005) movie poster

(2005) dir. Wes Craven
viewed: 01/25/06

Wes Craven’s PG-13-rated Red Eye is a lean, entertaining thriller, but one with limited impact. In many ways, this is a pretty by-the-books sort of flick, nothing really surprising or challenging in it. Rather, the whole point of it, I guess, is that it’s trying to be exactly what it is, a rather well-executed genre film.

It doesn’t feel dangerous or creepy. One almost wants more perversity or something. Something that doesn’t feel overly clean. Maybe it lacks it in part because the film has to stick to a PG-13 rating. Maybe it simply lacks it because it doesn’t strive to do more than what it does.

Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy should get reasonable credit for keeping the film going with its constricted premise, limited in large parts by their dialogue.

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