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Quint has seen RED EYE and wants to tell ya' about it!!

Published at: Aug. 19, 2005, 10:34 a.m. CST by staff

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a little review of Wes Craven's RED EYE... Alright, that sounds really gross to me for some reason, so let me rephrase that. I'm going to take a look at Wes Craven's newest flick called RED EYE starring Rachel ("Everybody Loves Me!") McAdams, Cillian Murphy and Brian Cox.

I'm gonna start by saying that I liked the film and I'm really happy the response to the film has been pretty great, but I don't quite think it's as great as a lot of people are saying it is. I think it's like a reverse of what happened to Uwe Boll. ALONE IN THE DARK was a shitty movie, but not nearly as shitty as HOUSE OF THE DEAD, yet the stink of HOTD hadn't worn off and covered ALONE IN THE DARK, which is responsible for AITD getting even worse reviews and less money at the Box Office than HOTD.

What's happening to RED EYE is the positive opposite of that. People are so glad this movie isn't as shitty as CURSED that they're loving the movie that much more because of it. I guess since, unlike ALONE IN THE DARK, there is actually something solid to grab on to, some truly clever filmmaking and likable actors that's what's keeping the "Boll syndrome" from happening to Craven.

There is a lot to like about this movie, starting with the two leads, Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy. The chemistry between them is immediately noticeable and isn't lost when the flirting pretense is thrown aside. The chemistry starts as a sexual attraction and morphs into two big personalities at conflict. Cillian Murphy is sly, charming and creepy all at once. McAdams is a little harder to pin down. She's most certainly vulnerable, but she's also got a strength that makes her hard to peg. She does a good job at keeping the character from becoming an unlikable bimbo.

The script helps her in this regard as every move she makes to thwart Murphy on the plane is a smart one, but due to circumstance or just plain intelligence on the part of Murphy she's foiled.

If the movie had stayed on the plane, it would probably have been one of my favorite movies of the year. All the intelligent character work and all the clever plot points go down on the plane, forcing Craven to be equally sharp as a director. There comes a moment as the plane lands at its final destination where something big happens. If this something big had been the end, I would have thought it a tad anti-climactic, but would have greatly preferred it to SCREAM 4 which is what the last act turns in to. Especially if I consider that if they had ended the film on the plane they would have structured it differently and built to that ending as a true ending and not just an event.

I know I'm being vague, but I just don't feel the need to ruin the whole flick for somebody... plus there are tons of spoiler-filled reviews out there. I walked into the movie seeing nothing but that first, neat trailer... remember the one that started off like a romantic comedy trailer and then ends with Cillian Murhy's eye going over red?

I actually have to say that trailer kinda lead me to expect a different type of movie. I was certain there would be a supernatural element to it. I didn't know if Murphy was a form of the Devil or something else, but when that red floated around his eye in the trailer I thought I was going to be in for a completely different film. It doesn't happen in the film. Murphy's just a man. That wasn't a huge shock to me, ultimately. As human as the two leads are, they never got boring.

That's about all I have to say about the movie. I liked it. Didn't love-love-love it, but thank God it's not another CURSED. See how that works? C'mon back to the good side, Wes! I know you have another NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET level of film in ya'! Stay away from the WB and come up with something really nasty. That's all I ask...

So, on the whole... the film is a brilliant 45 minute short subject stretched to feature length. At 75-ish minutes, this movie is quick, but still filled with a half-hour of filler or ridiculous shit. However the stuff that works works well enough to keep me from disliking the movie.

Oh, and yes... I love Brian Cox and he's not bad in the movie, but he is woefully underused. He's also dropped a lot of weight and is kinda freaking me out... Just thought I'd bring that up 'cause I know that if I read a review of flick with Brian Cox in it and didn't read anything about Brian Cox I'd be a bit pissed off. So's you know.

I've also got to pop out a review of today's THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN, so I'm gonna start working on that. Hope you folks enjoyed the review. Be back soon with more. 'Til then this is Quint bidding you all a fond farewell and adieu.

-Quint







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  • Aug. 19, 2005, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Good review.

    by Darth Kong

    Its a solid film.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Plus

    by Darth Kong

    Ive been first like 3 times today!

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 10:49 a.m. CST

    by faesforce

    I saw the film at a "red eye" midnight showing Wednesday night. I dug it. What I liked about is that there is nof iller - its simple, straightforward, and Craven does a good job at keeping the film interesting in the set up, then delivering some pretty good thrills. Most of my props go to the two leads, however - they elevate this film greatly with their performances. Cillian Murphy is especially great.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Brian Cox Has Lost Weight???

    by John-Locke

    Burl the Boy Cub will be dissapointed for sure.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Supernatural?

    by Moonrocks

    I thought the trailer was fairly brilliant in setting up this movie one way then turning on a dime. The trialer alone makes me want to check this out at some point. On that subject, I almost think we should have some sort of recognition of good trailer editing; some of them are quite memorable. For me, Independence Day had a brilliant teaser trailer. Anyone remember that? It had no VO and some looming shots of huge shadows covering New York and ended with that White House shot. It was so "OH MY FUCKING GOD" that so set up an etirely different movie from the POS that was released. WOTW came really close to delivering on that ID4 trailer. (For those who don't know, there is an entire industry in Hollywood just to make trailers.) As for Red Eye, The set-up in the trailer is very interesting, but unlike Moriarity, I didn't get the supernatuiral vibe; I really felt Wes Craven was going for something more real-world grounded from the beginning.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 11:21 a.m. CST

    I LIKE Cursed....not sure what the big deal was...

    by SydBarretsMyDad

    if it hadnt been a Wes Craven movie, youd all have loved it. Im not seeing why Craven elevates your expectations....he really is a hit and miss and miss again director. Vampire in Brooklyn? New Nightmare? People under the stairs? Deadly Friend?....all worse than Cursed. Cursed was light, jolty at times, fun....nothing wrong with that.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 11:25 a.m. CST

    hit, miss, miss, and miss...

    by Moonrocks

    That's really Wes Craven. How many movies did he actually hit on? Two by my count.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 11:31 a.m. CST

    People Under the Stairs...

    by BillEmic

    ...kicks ass.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Moonrocks, I agree....but I count more than two hits...

    by SydBarretsMyDad

    Scream, Serpent and the Rainbow (one of my favorites), Nightmare on Elm Street, Swamp Thing, Hills Have Eyes, Last House on the Left.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 11:45 a.m. CST

    RE: SydBarretsMyDad

    by KenKRK

    Sorry, but Cursed was complete ass cheddar!! How are you gonna have a werewolf movie with NO GORE!! This wasn't like Teen Wolf or anything, they purported this film as if it a hardcore horror film, and it was little more than a made-for-tv WB movie! People try to defend it as being in the vein of Scream, but Scream didn't skimp on the blood and guts the way Cursed did.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 11:50 a.m. CST

    No Gore? The guys bloody, EVISCERATED half corpse falls from the

    by SydBarretsMyDad

    Are you getting this movie confused with Silver Bullet or something?

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 11:57 a.m. CST

    By the way, since im here, I watched a movie last night with Pip

    by SydBarretsMyDad

    God Bless the Independant Film channel. And two ply toilet paper.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 12:06 p.m. CST

    brian cox getting thin?

    by BurlIvesLeftNut

    That totally pisses me off, but I will always have Brendan Gleason. If he loses weight, I am going to murder somebody.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 12:07 p.m. CST

    SydBarretsMyDad

    by Dick Fitzwell

    Lost and Delirious is the movie you're referring to.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 12:09 p.m. CST

    I certainly was Delirious after watching it.

    by SydBarretsMyDad

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Twentythird!

    by loodabagel

    Geez, it's ridiculous the lengths number people go to.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 12:37 p.m. CST

    "ALONE IN THE DARK was a shitty movie, but not nearly as shitty

    by Neosamurai85

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Fucking Enter Key...

    by Neosamurai85

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 12:55 p.m. CST

    "ALONE IN THE DARK was a shitty movie, but not nearly as shitty

    by Neosamurai85

    Um

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 1:01 p.m. CST

    StentorianVoices

    by Neosamurai85

    I don't mind the heads up, but I agree. It seems more fit for the Talkbacks. Always nice when the gang comes down to our level. Peace.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 1:04 p.m. CST

    OH MY FUCKING GOD!!!!

    by Darth Busey

    Why didn't anybody tell me JACK SCALIA is in this?!?!?!?

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Quint loves Cox?

    by www.valiens.com

    Am I...am I reading that correctly?

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Dear Rachel McAdams -- Stop Trying to Make Brunette Happen

    by ZombieSolutions

    just kidding, you can do whatever it is your sweet hot little heart desires -- especialy if it involves sitting on my lap without yer knickers.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 1:42 p.m. CST

    I was surfing for pics of Rachel Mcadams all last night. Now I

    by oceansized

    "Wilma, I promise you; whatever scum did this, not one man on this force will rest one minute before until he's behind bars. Now, let's grab a bite to eat."

  • All I needed to read was the last part of the USA TODAY review"The movie devolves into a by-the-book action flick. There are some highly unlikely slip-ups by Jackson. Even harder to swallow are the nearly superhuman maneuvers by Lisa, who has endured Jackson's abuse and then turns the tables. Unfortunately, Red Eye goes from being a powerful thriller to a far more predictable story of revenge." Thanks for posting that. Wes Craven is like the uncle at the wedding who promises not to get drunk, starts out lookin like hes got it under control but ends the night in a stupor, just like he did every friggin time before. Or, hes like the girl you have been dating forever who gives every indication that tonights the night. The top goes, she grinding on you, you thin that this is it, its gonna happen, but she insists on keeping the pants on. No score for the bazzillionth time. And you guys who go to see this are the ones thinking that maybeye, just maybeye this time Wes is gonna pull it off. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and yet expecting different results. In the words of Pete Townsend, "I Wont Get Fooled Again."

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 2 p.m. CST

    Wes wrecked SWAMP THING

    by uberman

    That was a fantastic comic when done by Bernie Williams. As classic as they get. Wes took a dark, gothic, stylish concecept and turned it into a sunny, guy in crappy rubber suit movie that bore no resemblence to the original artistic vision. What a shame.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Saw it, enjoyed it a lot. Not a fan of Craven really, his best f

    by Mr. Profit

    Mean Girls, Notebook, Wedding Crashers, now Red Eye. Keep the streak going....

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 2:13 p.m. CST

    And there are 2 versions of Cursed. The Pussy PG13 Theatrical Re

    by Mr. Profit

    But I havent seen the DVD. No interest really. Kevin Williamson is a hack. And New Nightmare was not a bad film. Nightmare 1 was great for it's time, but when you watch it now... It's kinda cheesy at some points. But Red Eye was a good summer action thriller. Check it out before you diss it. The theater was packed at 12:30 today and everyone seemed happy with it. The audience was into it, clapping and cheering. I was a bit shocked.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 2:38 p.m. CST

    the premise of this review doesn't make any sense

    by K|LLDOZER

    simply a case of a movie reviewer that thinks his train of thought is exactly as everyone's in the moviegoing public. How is there a connection from a movie about werewolves to an airline thriller, other than a writer? it's two totally different premises. now, were this movie titled something like "Cursed 2: Electric Boogaloo" i would agree with the premise. but the statement that just because a former film sucked so bad that johnny q. public is rooting for a better movie from Craven this time, and affording him some slack, just doesn't hold true to me. when i saw the first trailer for this movie that looked like some dumb, brainless summer romance movie, then turned into a thriller - that interested me. i had no interest whatsoever in Cursed. these two movies appeal to two basically different types of viewers. no one is padding expectations for Red Eye simply on the effectiveness of Craven's last movie that barely anyone saw anyway.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Cursed was good

    by Purgatori

    until the end. Then they pulled a 180 with Pacey's charactr that made no sense. I did like seeing that skank with a torn in half torso. That was nearly as good as the cow throwing in Dog Soldiers. But I can see where if it was seen in the PG13 version that the suck would have been beyond tolerable. I have to seay that Deadly Friend is probably Craven's all time worse movies. I'm hard pressed to pick one that comes close to that fucked up Freddy wannabe ending. The book was better, but Little House boy was annoying and the whole movie was rank...especially the ending and having Buffy version 1.0 walking around with the damn scissorhands.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 2:54 p.m. CST

    I'll Wait For Rachel M. In The Sequel: "BROWN EYE"

    by Deandome

    It's a pity some actresses (i.ei. LiLo, Katie H.) get so 'big' before they're forced nakedly cavort on film...especially Rachel, SWEET body/titties!! I think there's hope for Cuthbert...her films have all struggled, and then there are always those who ARE doing OK but decide to go arthouse & show their tits in some indie indulgence (Michelle Williams, Christina Ricci). Still, Rachel would look amazing naked, and Brown Eye is just the vehicle that might do it!

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 3:04 p.m. CST

    SydBarretsMyDad... Jessica Pare, the other chick in that is waaa

    by Uncooked_Meat

    if we're talking about the same movie.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Moonrocks...

    by Uncooked_Meat

    Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, Nightmare on Elm Street, Serpent And the Rainbow (ok, barely), Scream, Shocker (for pure humor value). That's more than two.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 3:26 p.m. CST

    I saw it a while ago, thought it was crap...

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    I liked Cillian Murphy, I thought he was the only good part. Other than that, it was Scream-lite. It's just a retread of every thriller ever. There was never a point that I didn't want Cillian to win. I was praying he'd win, but nooo, Craven just didn't have the balls. But God, what a soulless movie.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one who thought "Last House On The Left" was Crap?

    by www.valiens.com

    And that "Deadly Friend" was kinda...heartbreaking?

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Serpent and the Rainbow...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...is teriffic, as is A Nightmare on Elm Street. Other than that, I'm not really very impressed with his work. In fact, I find him these days to be as much of a hack as Carpenter and Argento have become. Sad, but true. As for Stephen King, I think his decision to retire soon is a good one. I enjoyed From a Buick 8 and the fact that the bizarro car from another dimension which spat out monstrosities from time to time as it progressively grew weaker was a sly take on King and his career, but the most of his stuff for the past 8-9 years has been tired. I fucking LOVED The Talisman, but Black House was horrible. Or maybe I'm just old and cranky these days.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 3:41 p.m. CST

    ""Deadly Friend" was kinda...heartbreaking?"

    by DocPazuzu

    The most heartbreaking thing about Deadly Friend was seeing a few years later that Kristy Swanson had had a breast reduction. Criminal!

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Doc... you are correct...

    by Uncooked_Meat

    ... the Craven/Carpenter comparisons are accurate, if frustrating. Though I think that Carpenter has a MUCH stronger body of work, and therefore will always have my admiration. Craven did some good stuff, but BTILC, Prince of Darkness, The Thing, The Fog, Escape from New York, AOP13... god, don't get me started on Carpenter, I'll just go on and on and eventually mess myself. In fact, fuck it, I'm gonna ditch work, go home, take a couple bonghits and watch Big Trouble In Little China again.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 4:08 p.m. CST

    DocPazuzu

    by uberman

    Yeah, Stephen King really started to suck in the last decade, but I thought BLACK HOUSE was waay superior and really very creepy, very original and very good. A serial killer from an Old Folks home pretending to be senile while preying on kids? That was very well done and was a good book. FROM A BUICK 8 was tedious as everthing he has ever wrote where the narrator tells the story ie. Delores Clairborne. The reason is that nobody really talks like that or gets into that much detail when telling a story, plus the fact that the attempts at making the narrators speach sound backwoods and local just sounds contrived after awhile. I tried the Gunslinger series, endured 1, loved 2, kinda like 3 but as for 4, good god, that was the most painful read ever. In fact, it was that book that turned me off to King for good, and I am/was a collector of his 1st edition hardbacks. Also, the speech patterns and motives of his kids in his books all now sound the same. Theres always the nerdy, weezy kid, the strong athletic kid with a heart of gold, the jokester kid who is the same character with a different name in every damn book but was beat to death in IT. King jumped the shark with his aliens crashing in the forest and taking over humans minds book, whatever it was called. That was a real been there done that book. And did you ever get through the movie version of 'RIDING THE BULLET'? King actually praises this adaptation, which I made it through 10 minutes of. The start credits make it look real promising, but then it just jumps into suckage big time.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 4:09 p.m. CST

    SydBarretsMyDad

    by Mr Brownstone

    like father, like son.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 4:20 p.m. CST

    uberman

    by DocPazuzu

    Funny you should mention his recurring character types and contrived speech patterns. You see, that was one of the things that bugged the hell out of me in Black House - his ridiculous biker gang of philosophical genius beer brewers. WTF? Also, he can't seem to write a supernatural horror tale anymore without the climax somehow involving other dimensions and cosmic showdowns between Good and Evil, where even the most mundane characters have Unknown Powers or fulfill some Destiny in a deux ex machina-riddled endgame. I miss the lean, nasty, "narrow" stories like Pet Sematary, 'Salem's Lot and Christine.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 5:17 p.m. CST

    DocPazuzu

    by uberman

    True. I hated those charatcters as well, but like the radio DJ guy (probably a Peter Straub invention) and Jack was more adult seeming that most of Stephens characters. The bikers we BS for the most part though, and Stephen is the MASTER! at messing up a oerfectly good story with the crappy ending, Black House being no exeception to the King rule that the ending must suck. My favorite book of his in the last decade, hands down, is BAG OF BONES. He wrote it right before his accident, and seemed to find a brand new, fresh voice with that book, but then he got hurt and his writing went to hell again. I am glad the no one has adapted that story BAG of BONES to a movie. It is too good to go with the typical crap fest that is ussually associated with a King movie adaptation. I'd like to see a really great director handle it. But who would do it justice? Fincher? Speilberg? Coppola? Scorsese? Just glad its memory is not destroyed by some quick fix crap movie.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 6:45 p.m. CST

    why?

    by heywood_jablomy8

    Why oh why does everyone say "lead me to believe" or something like that? It's led, L-E-D! I wouldn't have said anything but it's become all too commonplace.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 7:44 p.m. CST

    How's This For Useless Trivia.......

    by AttackingClone

    Cillian is pronounced Kill-ian. Ha! Ha! Ya like dat shit.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Red Eye was a terrific "beach read" movie.

    by Osmosis Jones

    I.E.; you know it's stuff you've seen before, but it's so skillfully made and wel-acted, you don't care. Credit Craven for keeping the movie lean & mean and not adding a ton of needless subplots and dumb, post-Shamalan "twists". Red Eye is like last fall's Cellular, only even more enjoyable. Great fun.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Note to Quint: ALONE IN THE DARK did poorly not becuase of Uwe B

    by Negative Man

    Much like us. I think that anyone that does not pay attention to this site has no idea who Uwe Boll is. So to bring him into a review of any movie beyond his own crapfests seems silly. And to think that a reviewer is giving praise to a movie because it's not as bad as the directors last movie is idiotic. Crap is crap no matter how the crap is sliced. I mean no offense Quint, but your review of RED EYE sounds like a review of the trailers or you had an assistant see it and give you a brief. "I know I'm being vague"-indeed! Sorry Quint, but this 'review' sounds more like you needed a paycheck.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 7:07 a.m. CST

    heywood_jablomy8: English is good...

    by Negative Man

    ...Don't you wish everyone used it when speaking/typing it? LOL (And yes, the 'LOL' was meant as irony...)

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Too much information.

    by Diazanon

    Was it me or did Quint admit in that review that he liked Cox.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 8:21 a.m. CST

    McAdams

    by Mafu

    I'm a fan of Cillian Murphy's work. I think he brings an unsettling slickness to the characters he plays, similar to the idiosyncracies of Rutger Hauer or Christopher Walken. Rachel McAdams I've only seen in "Mean Girls," a film I was surprisingly entertained by. McAdams reminds me of a slightly shorter and less athletic Jennifer Garner, but sporting similar acting chops to the hot Mrs. Affleck (ewwww... I still can't get used to that!). Hopefully, going forward we'll see Rachel in creative and varied roles.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Mafu... Check her out in The Notebook

    by Mr. Profit

    A movie that surprised me because it was actually pretty good and the acting by McAdams and Gosling was great.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Notebook

    by Mafu

    Thanks, Profit. I will.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 11:17 a.m. CST

    McAdams has already shown her sweet cans...

    by SonnyC79

    in an Italian film called "My Name is Tanino"...i think it's pretty much impossible to find anywhere in the states, but there are screencaps and a trailer on yahoo italy (yahoo.it something?) where you can see a dandy underwater show of them. she is, in my opinion, one of the most gorgeous actresses around right now. we are lucky to have her.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 11:18 a.m. CST

    underwater *shot* that is

    by SonnyC79

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Yeah, The Notebook was pretty good...

    by Neosamurai85

    Had a good balance of spoon feeding the chickflickers and soberness for the rest of us in the real world. Good cinematography. Oh, and you ya always got to support your local sheriff! Peace.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 12:06 p.m. CST

    A new beginning for Wes perhaps?

    by AngryRedHerring

    I was really surprised at how much I liked this film. I though it great how simply it was and how it didn't resort to any extraneous crap. I kept expecting Murphy's character to pull out the little blond girl from the plane and hold her hostage or some crap like that. Hopefully this is a new beginning for Wes Craven. It was very well acted by both McAdams and Murphy especially up until they get off the plane. Rachel McAdams has been great in everything she's done so far. I don't know if you guys in the States get to see a show called "Slings and Arrows" but it's a great Canadian show starring Mark McKinney, Callum Keith Renne, Paul Gross, Don McKellar of course Rachel McAdams (for the first season). Check it out if you can.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 6:27 p.m. CST

    I just gt back from RED EYE and it SUCKED!

    by NapoleonDynamite

    The biggest problem is that Rachel McAdams can't fucking act. All the cutesy, practiced facial expressions are so phony and self-aware that it's obnoxious. Another big problem with the movie is that the audience is never given a reason to care what happens to her father, what happens to the jack off politician or what happens to McAdams. McAdams' character in particular is such a goody-two shoes little twat that I WANTED her to lose. Yet another huge problem with the film is that it fails to generate a single second of genuine tension or suspense. There isn't a single moment in the movie where you think that anything bad will happen to any of the "good" people or that there's any chance the bad guys will win. The last act of the movie is especially bad. Completely hackneyed, predicable, auto-pilot movie ending all the way. The villains actions don't make any sense. Why does he continue to pursue McAdams when all he has to do is grab a pay phone and tell his conferate to whack the dad? Why would McAdams not assume he would do that? And how inept is supposedly professional assasin that he can let himself get taken out by a hotel clerk with ballpoint pen. He doesn't even know hpw to stab a bitch with a knofe. He just flails around like an idiot. Then we get the incredibly trite scene of the previously incapacited dad saving McAdamss at the last second. As soon as I saw Brian Cox on the floor, I said, "he's going to get up and shoot the bad guy right before he's about to kill the ho." I'm surprised Craven didn't do that thing where you see the bad guy with the gun, then you hear the shot, then the bad guy falls down and you see the other person behind them. Craven's usually better than this. He's really sold out. And Rachel McAdams cannot fucking act. I just wanted to stress that once again. THE NOTEBOOK was one of the worst movies of last year. My favorite part of RED EYE whe was Cillian Murphy clocked McAdams in th head and knocked her out.Don't waste your money on this thing. If you've seen the trailer, you've seen the mildly twisty little setup and that's everything worth seeing. The film does absolutely nothing WITH that setup. RED EYE is ass.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Loved the movie. Pegged it as being good when I first saw the tr

    by The Founder

    Red Eye was good. This is one I knew i would like and it didn't dissappoint. Gotta agree with some, the movie did go slightly down hill somewhat when they got off the plane, but not because i thought it was bad, it just went predictable. Still nothing is wrong with that. It would have been nice if they could stayed on the plane for the whole film, cause it did build a lot of suspense and with the situation of being on a planer and limited room it makes it that much more interesting. I'll give this a 9/10

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Oh Please NapoleonDynamite, everyone is entitled to their opinio

    by The Founder

    Yeah it had some problems, like the predicatability factor. Still turned out good. Yeah Wes would've done better if he keep the movie on the plane, but hey he didn't. McAdams played her character like she was meant to be. Cutsey face expressions? Um the character's career was pleasing people as the Hotel manager or front desk manager. She was a nice person and it was established from the begininng. The guy was also flirting with her, and she had an interest in him. Um in case you haven't been around females for the 1st time when youre trying to pick them up and they are interested, that is how they act.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Answer one question.

    by NapoleonDynamite

    Can anyone honestly say they ever believed for a second that McAdams was ever in danger? Did anyone think there was any chance at all that her dad would get killed? When was there a second of genuine suspense? What happened to the guy whod irrect LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT? This was like a Lifetime movie.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 9:51 p.m. CST

    I liked the 3rd act quite a bit, to be honest.

    by JiggamanSpence

    I know it was formulaic, but it was damn entertaining. The 20 minutes at the end of the film are a great pay off to the tension built up on the airplane, and had the audience I saw it with laughing, screaming, and cheering. Great fun thriller, all around.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Napoleon Dynamite

    by Smokey McSpliff

    I agree with some of your points. McAdams didn't really appeal to me and the cat-and-mouse throughout the house was pretty lame, but I thought everything before that was pretty damn good and suspenseful. Overall, I enjoyed the movie as sort of a B-movie, throwaway kind of experience. Though, It says a lot about the McAdams character that I actually found myself rooting for Cilliam Murphy most of the time.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 10:49 p.m. CST

    OT: King

    by DefyThis

    Black House was an excellent follow-up to The Talisman, albeit in a very different style and tone. I had no problem with the bikers; the one true weak character was the small town reporter - he seemed like a stereotypical king character. The bikers were something different, and Symphonic Stan/The Wisconson Rat/Henry Shake/George (forgot the name)/Uncle Henry was an incredible character, whether it was Straub's or King's. One of the most interesting characters in any novel I've read in the past 10 years. From a Buick 8 was a solid, low-key affair that, once you get into the narration, is quite good, and avoids that huge "Good vs. Evil" climax. In fact, the supernatural stuff is just window-dressing and not part of the greater message, something pointed out clearly in the novel. Dreamcatcher, on the other hand, was a fairly weak novel (but still a hell of a lot better than the horrible movie adaptation... feel bad for Tom Jane on that one).

  • Aug. 21, 2005, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Founder: Giving RED EYE 9/10????????

    by uberman

    Your kidding, right? I have seen enough 'Cravin' movies to believe that Napolian has most likely hit the nail on the head on this. After all, how many times can a directors movies suck ass before you learn to NEVER throw your money at their films again? There comes a time when, as nice as the trailor looks, you read the name attached and go "I trusted this guy not once, not twice ,not three times, but more, and I have been let down every time with predicatable plots, characters who only act in a certain way to move the writers plot, no sense of tension, fear dread, nada, stupid teens,inept villians who stab and slash wildly at nothing but air while some lame assed main character dmanages to 'excape' once again, on and on and on. No, Napolian, I am sorry you wasted your money on this. For the initiated, you all should know better. Insanity is going to the same directors crappy films and always expecting that this time it will be different. Spend that hard earned money of somebody who at least tries to do something fresh. DO NOT FEED THE MACHINE!!!!

  • Aug. 21, 2005, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Founder: Giving RED EYE 9/10????????

    by uberman

    Your kidding, right? I have seen enough 'Cravin' movies to believe that Napolian has most likely hit the nail on the head on this. After all, how many times can a directors movies suck ass before you learn to NEVER throw your money at their films again? There comes a time when, as nice as the trailor looks, you read the name attached and go "I trusted this guy not once, not twice ,not three times, but more, and I have been let down every time with predicatable plots, characters who only act in a certain way to move the writers plot, no sense of tension, fear dread, nada, stupid teens,inept villians who stab and slash wildly at nothing but air while some lame assed main character dmanages to 'excape' once again, on and on and on. No, Napolian, I am sorry you wasted your money on this. For the initiated, you all should know better. Insanity is going to the same directors crappy films and always expecting that this time it will be different. Spend that hard earned money of somebody who at least tries to do something fresh. DO NOT FEED THE MACHINE!!!!

  • in Scream. Way to step backwards. As for McAdams, she's cute but just seems like a prettier Parker Posey without the indie cred.

  • Aug. 21, 2005, 9:43 a.m. CST

    This movie sucked

    by Tsunami3G

    I caught it last night and was thoroughly disappointed. I would liken it to a bad episode of 24. The only time I didn't feel sorry for Brian Cox was when he was unconscious. Lucky bastiche.

  • Aug. 21, 2005, 4:57 p.m. CST

    hainesrs:"They were captivated and loved the shit out of it"

    by uberman

    Cockroaches and dead people dont count.

  • Aug. 21, 2005, 9:11 p.m. CST

    McAdams looks okay as a blonde, but ultra hot as a brunette IMHO

    by Big Bad Clone

    Now if could only get a look at her "goodies".

  • Aug. 21, 2005, 11:27 p.m. CST

    it was o.k.

    by geek molester

    I gotta agree with NapoleanDynamite here to a certain extent, although I did enjoy the movie and thought it cranked up the tention and thrills pretty well, despite the ridiculous plot and script. *spoilers* personally I couldn't give a fuck if the polititian, and, yeah his family too, got killed. There would be no reason for me to risk the life of my father for someone who's probably a corrupt scum-bag. And when the "ho" drives away from the airport, of course the batteries go dead in the cell phone. So what would you do, how long does it take to drive to a suburban neighborhood from the airport? Do you drive to your dad's house while the assassin with the puncured neck calls his dog to take out your dad? Or do you get off the fuckin freeway, go to the gas station and call your fuckin dad and tell him whats going on. WTF yeah then at the end ,of course, when you're in a knife-fight with some psycho and you get a gun, of course you aim it at them and tell them to freeze. Dont blow the scum-sucking bitches head off without a moments hesitation, nah, that would be too easy. Besides all the silly moments and giant plot holes, however, it did deliver some decent thrills so I didn't think it was all that bad.

  • Aug. 22, 2005, 1:18 a.m. CST

    I usually don't say this, but Quint is bang-on about this mo

    by Tall_Boy

    First 2 acts are awesome, 3rd act is a huge letdown considering how nicely the first chunk was handled. Its very hard to pull of people running from an explosion and make it work.

  • Aug. 22, 2005, 6:45 a.m. CST

    It was good but..

    by weebay

    I thought this was an effective little thriller, sure it had some major plot holes but what Wes Craven movie doesn't. For that matter what hollywood horror movie doesn't. The part where the cell phone starts to lose batery power was the worst though. The Ripner character is using his cell phone to make important assasin or whatever calls and he leaves the house without charging his phone? Not likely. Still I did think Rachel McAdams was a sympathetic lead and I was rooting for her to win. Cillian was a very good bad guy. He had to be scary just using his face and he was good at it too.

  • Aug. 22, 2005, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Isn't "Red Eye"

    by HGHGHG

    slang for an "asshole?" Quite appropriate, as is aptly describes Wes Craven.

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