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Quint sees his first SXSW movie, DJ Caruso's DISTURBIA starring Shia LaBeouf!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a brief review of DISTURBIA, my first film at SXSW '07. I'm going to be brief, but I'm also going to split my review into two parts. Part one is completely safe, touching on very little of the plot, and part two will be a little more in-depth and spoilery. PART ONE I picked DISTURBIA as my first movie of the fest (costing me THE LOOKOUT, the big opening night film... but one that I hear was only okay) because of DJ Caruso's SALTON SEA and Shia LaBeouf in the lead. Caruso's SALTON SEA was a great film, one that I still think holds up. Outside of his first project, the Frank Darabont scripted throwback to Roger Corman crazy road chase movies BLACK CAT RUN, SALTON SEA is the best stuff he's done and I think LaBeouf is a fascinating actor, on the cusp of reaching super stardom. Plus it was an AICN screening, so how could I not be there? I knew nothing about the movie besides the director and the star. I didn't know the synopsis, the supporting cast, the genre. I knew there was some sort of car stunt somewhere in the film because of the interview I did with LaBeouf during my visit to the set of TRANSFORMERS, but I had no idea the context of the stunt... And oh man, what a great stunt it is... but no more on that until Part Two. This is by far Caruso's best film since SALTON SEA. It has everything. Romance, crime, suspense, gags, beautiful girls in bathing suits, blood, tears... everything. The acting across the board is great. Part Two will have more on that, but for the super spoiler-free Part One I'll just say that if you want to experience this movie the best possible way then on April 13th just go to whatever theater is close to you and playing the flick, avoid the trailers, avoid reviews, avoid everything and just sit back and watch. I don't want to build it up as something with, like, an amazing twist or something. It's nothing like that. It's a small film with some good surprises and I know from my experience with it that I liked it more the way I saw it than I would have if I had known certain aspects of the film. If that's not enough for you, then proceed to Part Two. I won't go spoiler crazy, but I will talk a little bit about the film's structure, plot and characters. If you just want to know what I thought and don't want specifics just know that I genuinely dug the hell out of it. I think this is the kind of film we could use more of. Smart, exciting, funny, thrilling and just flat out entertaining. PS - During the Q&A LaBeouf was asked about INDIANA JONES 4 and he said it's just a rumor right now (does that mean it can change... hrmmm), but would he like to do it? "Fuck yeah!" Now for a little more depth in Part Two... PART TWO I won't draw this out. I'm hoping to still be able to catch 6 hours of sleep tonight and to do that I need to wrap this up, code it and post it in about half an hour. What we have here is a great melding of genres. I love it when a movie pulls that off, be it AUDITION or FROM DUSK TILL DAWN or something like BRICK, which melded noir with the high school film, complete with jocks, nerds and everybody in between. We have what is a coming of age/girl next door romance story with a twist. Our lead boy is under house arrest, so he can't court the girl next door. At the Q&A, Caruso said he very much wanted this to be like SAY ANYTHING, with LaBeouf as his John Cusack. That's very apt. It's kind of sweet, a little frustrating, but funny and romantic. But there's a thriller aspect to the movie that creeps in, a REAR WINDOW angle. The TV's reporting a serial killer on the loose and LaBeouf, during his neighborhood spying while bored under house arrest, comes to suspect another neighbor, played by David Morse, is this man. The performances by LaBeouf and Morse in particular make this movie for me. I love how Morse can be the ultimate creepy guy in one second and then kind of charming in the next, keeping you unsure if LaBeouf is really onto the killer or if it's a misunderstanding. And the fact that some of it plays like a romantic comedy, you're not sure you know exactly which formula, if any, they're following. Also in the cast are Carrie-Anne Moss as LaBeouf's mother, troubled by her son's run-ins with the law. She doesn't have much screen time, but as always she's great to watch. Sarah Roemer plays the girl next door and boy... does she look good in a bikini. It's easy to see how LaBeouf's character becomes infatuated with her. She's absolutely beautiful. And, of course, Morse is awesome. I very much recommend this flick. I had a blast with it. It won't change your life, but it's smart, filled with great performances and it's entertaining as all hell. I have 6 films on the schedule tomorrow... hopefully I'll catch them all... and hopefully they'll be better than the midnight flick I saw tonight... I won't mention it by name since it's an indie, but boy howdy... seat-squirming bad. Be back soon! -Quint

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  • March 10, 2007, 3:25 a.m. CST


    by wackybantha

    ...SHIA IS INDY, JR!!!!!!!!

  • March 10, 2007, 3:41 a.m. CST

    I sent in a review a month ago saying the same shit....

    by i kick tits

    And it wasn't posted. BAH HUMBUG!

  • March 10, 2007, 4:05 a.m. CST

    So in other words its absolutely NOT a rumor

    by IndustryKiller!

    It's either a rumor or it isn't. Black or white. Yes or no. And when the answer is vague the answer is invariably yes. God dammit. So Indy 4 is going to be the train wreck we all knew it would be. I guess you really can't go home again. Also Quint I would say he's pretty good for his age but a "fascinating actor"? C'mon.

  • March 10, 2007, 4:38 a.m. CST

    CSI Miami rocks

    by TheBigDogg

    But Shia LaBoeuf is possibly one of the worst names ever. If that was my name, I'd change it to something cool like Ace. Or Rock. Doesn't LaBoeuf mean the beef? Yeah, Rock The Beef would be a way better name.

  • March 10, 2007, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Sloppy - Does Anyone Edit This Site Anymore?

    by AngelinasOilBoy

    Quint, when you say that you're going to discuss the car stunt further in part's probably a good idea to discuss the car stunt further in part two.

  • March 10, 2007, 4:47 a.m. CST

    I'll Shia You...

    by GunsForHands

    IN HELL!

  • March 10, 2007, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Shia needs to be banned from

    by AllieJamison

    Shia needs to be banned from the news. For his own good.

  • March 10, 2007, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Shi'a will be playing Indy, Jr....

    by cornponious

    ...very sunni.

  • March 10, 2007, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Rear Window! That's the movie this reminded me of!

    by Datascream

    Looks like a decent movie. The trailer DID kind of feel like a throw-away teen slasher flick tho. But the "Rear Window" feel to it peeked my interest.

  • March 10, 2007, 8:47 a.m. CST

    The Brilliant David Morse

    by Black Satin 2

    I don't think he gets enough credit how really good he is. If they had used him properly on House, he could have been a one-episode character who returned to torment House, instead they threw 6 meaningless episodes at us and really spoiled a good idea. Plus, if you saw him in that Russell Crowe movie where he played Meg Ryan's kidnapped husband, he more than stole the movie. I wanted him to outwit his kidnappers instead the movie tried to use Crowe and Ryan macking on each other. REALLY embarrassing.

  • March 10, 2007, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Leia LaBoushh

    by Immortal_Fish

    Less of this young man. Please? Faster...

  • March 10, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST

    I liked Disturbia when it was called Rear Window

    by andrew coleman

    A remake not calling itself a remake is just dumb. Secondly the Simpsons did this better anyway. Lebouf needs to really quit being in movies. He'll make Transformers harder to watch than it already is and if he's in INDy 4 he'll simply ruin it.

  • March 10, 2007, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Geez, let the haters come rolling out...

    by bralli

    I think LeBouf whether he sucks in Indy 4 or not is going to be a great talent. He caught my eye in Project Greenlight 2. I think the kid has a lot of personality and charisma and will be around for a long time.

  • March 10, 2007, 10:54 a.m. CST

    i agree with balli

    by rdsxfan8

    I mean come on, there are some serious other teen actors out there that deserve out hatred more than shia. he iwas good in "the greatest game ever played" and I think alot of this hatred stems from the projects hes in rather than it actually being about him as an actor. and i also liked the movie HOLES. and after seeing the trailer "rear window" def came to mind for me, and again agree with the poster above who said "the simpsons did it better" gotta love the simpsons

  • March 10, 2007, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Indy IV = Blues Brothers 2000

    by Gwai L0

    On an unrelated matter, I had a question about the appearance of the GOTTA TAKE A SHIT MASK in the script for Rob Zombie's Halloween remake. Now, I have the script, myself, but I don't want to read the whole thing. I was wondering if someone could please tell me what page number the GOTTA TAKE A SHIT MASK appears on, that is, if it is really in the script at all. Merci Beaucoup.

  • March 10, 2007, 11:33 a.m. CST

    The 'Burbs was better

    by slone13

    And funnier.

  • March 10, 2007, 11:51 a.m. CST

    This is such a ripoff of Rear Window...

    by Barrock

    Seriously they don't even credit the film? Sigh. Shia is annoying but he was decent in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. I've heard hes a dick though, but that is just a rumor.

  • March 10, 2007, 12:19 p.m. CST

    thank you barrock

    by thefoggiest

    i'm glad you said that. ever since the first trailer for this i've been absolutely pissed off. it looks like a modernized rear window. it's just fucking lazy.

  • March 10, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Hitchcock must be spinning in his grave.

    by AshesOfDonnie

    woohoo. so instead of a wheelchair he's under "house arrest" with a ankle bracelet and now he looks at chicks in a pool?? yeah no thanks, and same here Barrock, no credit given to Rear Window. if im gonna watch a remake, id rather watch that Simpson's episode.

  • March 10, 2007, 12:53 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Hitchcock...

    by AshesOfDonnie

    ..and he says just rent Rear Window, and fuck Shia LeBeuf!!

  • March 10, 2007, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Remakes..

    by AshesOfDonnie

    but isn't that Mark wahlberg vehicle, Shooter, juts a rip-off of that Wayans film, Most Wanted??

  • March 10, 2007, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Caruso also did...

    by Crimson King

    Taking Lives, which is a pile of shit.

  • March 10, 2007, 2:46 p.m. CST

    I think The Simpsons where Bart breaks his leg

    by Poacher

    Might have borrowed less from Rear Window than this piece of shite. Same for De Palma's Body Double.

  • March 10, 2007, 3:09 p.m. CST

    "I think LaBeouf is a fascinating actor..."

    by Lance Rock

    Really? I think he seems like another kid cut from the Disney drama department. So very earnest and safe.

  • March 10, 2007, 3:54 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

  • March 10, 2007, 4:06 p.m. CST

    In Disturbia 2...

    by lsrdsc

    He's in a town that gets attacked by a lot of birds, while people go missing at a hotel run by a creepy guy. I hear someone gets killed in a SHOWER. But, it isn't a remake.

  • March 10, 2007, 4:48 p.m. CST

    He was the bomb in Phantoms yo

    by liljuniorbrown

    He was really the bomb in Constintine. For real!!!!!!

  • March 10, 2007, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Disturbia: # 4 on the list of worst movie names ever.

    by bobbyjoe

    Saw the preview for this today at Zodiac, and if the preview for Disturbia sucked an harder, wigs and toupees would have been flying off people's heads and gotten sucked into the screen. Just what I want to see, "Teenage Rear Window" with a career-low embarassing role for David Morse. Morse's character got prison-raped all the way back on St. Elsewhere, and somehow that storyline looks easier to take than this steaming pile of shite. The one funny thing was at the end of the rpeview when the name "Disturbia" appears on screen, and beneath it it says "Group Rates Available at 1-800-***-****." What the hell kind of group would you take to see this crap? Hey, kids, field trip!

  • March 10, 2007, 6:44 p.m. CST

    When I saw Zodiac at the Dome and this title came up...

    by nopix

    lot's of giggling.

  • March 10, 2007, 7:39 p.m. CST

    "Your Epidermis is showing!"

    by AshesOfDonnie

    this will be the classic line that Shia's character will say to distract the baddie( Morse) and make him fall into his grave!

  • March 10, 2007, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Rear Window for the teen set.

    by Barry Egan

    That's what this looks like.

  • March 10, 2007, 7:55 p.m. CST

    I didn't read carefully enough

    by lsrdsc

    and notice that this was an AICN screening. Gee.. then I'll take this review to heart and RUN to see it. You have a little... something... on your CHIN.. is it cream?

  • March 10, 2007, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Shia LaDouche

    by polyh3dron

    That is all.

  • March 10, 2007, 11:28 p.m. CST

    I think Shia is the next Tom Hanks

    by RedJester

    Seriously. I could be way off but that's what I see in the kids future...

  • March 11, 2007, 6:10 a.m. CST

    you're nothing but a GOD DAMN tweaker!!!

    by Doc_Strange

    Funniest line in Salton Sea.

  • March 11, 2007, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Shia LaDouche is the next Corey Feldman

    by polyh3dron

    You know this to be true.

  • March 11, 2007, 12:45 p.m. CST

    I saw the trailer w/Zodiac...

    by blacklodgebob

    And this movie looks like crap. What am I missing here?

  • March 12, 2007, 12:24 a.m. CST


    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    did u forget to get back to that "amazing stunt?" haha...get some sleep FOO'!

  • March 12, 2007, 10:32 a.m. CST


    by mad_taffer

    I saw this a month ago. It is an average thriller at best. I would put it in the same league as Cellular. I did enjoy the asian sidekick though and Sarah Rhomer is good on the eyes, but other than that it was extremely predictable. Some nice suspense at the end tho. I would give it a B or a B-.