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on 30 December 2005
For an hour, this is one of the tightest, edge of your seat thrillers ever made. Wes Craven takes his time setting up the characters of Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy, their expectant meeting, and the set up on the plane.
In fact, it fairly plods along, but in such an interesting way you won't mind. You're so interested in these characters, that the factthat the film doesn't really start until 30 minutes in is irrelevant - because when it gets good, it gets very good.
Putting it simply, so not to spoil any new viewers, Murphy's character hold McAdams character hostage on the plane without anybody knowing. As she tries to alert people to her fate, her plans get ingeniously better, and its keep you guessing how she'll be able to escape.
Murphy particularly is brilliant, all easy friendliness covering up a bonkers mad criminal. McAdams too is spot on as lady in peril. Half the fun is watching the events unfold on the plane, and how Murphy's character will stop them.
However, come the ending, Craven resorts to his tried and tested slasher material. Although decent, it lacks the sinister edge of the previous hour, and becomes far moretraditional. The airport chase is absurd, and loses the film it's fifth star. How can you run unchecked through an airport without going through passport control or without the guards clocking on?
Still, the finale in the house is jump worthy material, and makes up for the slightly soggy airport section. Different, fresh and exciting, this was a real surprise treat, and I would highly recommend it for some Friday night easy entertainment.
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on 3 May 2008
The fact that this movie is classified as suitable for 12 years olds meant that the whole family could sit and watch it, which we did, and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.

However, don't let this fool you into thinking that this film is not for adults. It's a gripping movie right up to the end. I guess the rating is due to the fact that the movie does not contain sex, nudity or bad language - a blessing in my view and proof that it is possible to make an action/thriller/suspense movie without the need to introduce these elements (although the movie does contain some violence).

Other reviewers here have described the plot so it seems pointless to repeat these details but I highly recommend this movie. A thriller in which the suspense gradually increases to a dramatic climax with the two main characters, a seemingly friendly but ultimately evil villain and an unfortunate victim trapped and apparently at his mercy, both excellently portrayed by Cillian Murphy and Rachel McAdams.
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on 7 August 2008
The thing that I like about Red Eye is that most of the film is set in one location, the plane. Most films that are set in one location become boring after half an hour but Red Eye is different.

Lisa Reisert (Rachael McAdams), is flying home to Miami after going to her grandmother's funeral in Texas. After discovering her flight is delayed, she is asked by Jackson Ripner (Cillian Murphey), a fellow passenger is she would like a drink in the airport bar, at first, Lisa refuses but after thinking it through, she says yes.

After Lisa and Jackson finish their drinks and say their goodbyes, Lisa boards the plane and is delighted to discover that she will be sitting next to Jackson. After take-off, Jackson reveals that he is the head of a assassin organisation and he needs Lisa to call her her hotel in Miami, and put a high profile politition is a different room to make is easier for Jackson's assassins to kill him, and if Lisa refuses, then Jackson will tell a assassin who is waiting outside Lisa's dads house to kill him.

Red Eye is a fantastic film to enjoy on a Friday night with your family and friends.
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VINE VOICEon 15 May 2006
I wasn't expecting much from this film, some of Wes Craven's recent films have been a little below par and I was almost sure this was going to be the same. How glad I am to say then that it was actually a very serviceable thriller. Cillian Murphy plays Jackson Rippner, a nasty but intelligent piece of work who needs to get a job done. Rachel McAdams plays Lisa Reisert, she is the person who can help Jackson do his job. Most of the action takes place on a late night flight but don't let that put you off. It is because of this that the film is a step above others, it uses your mind to get the film across and not fancy stunts or gory violence. Murphy is excellent as the bad guy, you sense real danger from him hidden under a velvet suave exterior.

All in all this was a nice surprise and at only about 80 mins long it flys by. Well worth a watch.
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on 14 May 2007
Whoever wrote the script for this movie would have made a good writer for the theatre because most of the action in this film is in the dialogue between the two main characters Lisa Reisert (Rachel Mcadams) and Jack Rippner (Cillian Murphy).This is a thriller rather than a horror film
and Wes Craven the director showed considerable dexterity in moving from
one genre to another.Red Eye is interesting to watch throughout its duration and the last 20 minutes or so move at a cracking pace.The extras section of the dvd has long interviews with Wes Craven,several of the actors and production crew,and is worth seeing in itself.In particular watch the movie again with a full commentary from Craven and you'll get a deep insight into just how sophisticated the script was,how many times some scenes were shot and how much work went into choosing which scenes should be put together - the production team were doing 20 hour days! The sound quality of the dvd is good and so is the picture quality.
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on 15 March 2014
Wes Craven (Nightmare on Elm Street.) utilities 30 years of directing experience and creates Red Eye. An intense, turbulent, psychological thriller. Starring Rachel McAdams (Mean Girls, The Notebook.) Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins, Inception) and Brian Cox (Troy.) Red Eye takes place mostly on a late night 'Red Eye' flight to Miami where recluse Lisa Reisert (McAdams.) is seated coincidentally next to Jack Rippner (Cillian Murphy. who she initially meets when the two exchange a flirtatious drink at an airport bar. Soon Lisa comes to realize that a plane at 30,000 feet is not the only thing she should be worrying about as the gripping tale digresses.
Red Eye takes the damsel in distress role and completely turns it on its head, shattering the conforming fabric of film stereotype as Lisa battles with psychological and physical danger throughout the whole suspense fueled 82 minutes. This achieves what all good thrillers aim to and neatly places the viewer on the edge of their seat.
Lisa's meek innocence is played exquisitely by McAdams who delivers a perfectly executed performance, her co-star Murphy is on the top of his game with character Jack Rippner who is portrayed with brilliant intensity and powerful psychotic charisma, inducing the viewer into a complex mixture of awe and hatred. It is these complex emotions that influence Red Eye's success.
The film delivers emotive themes by encompassing so many genre features. Red Eye first confounds the viewer with what is seemingly a blossoming romance that twists into the main plot and ejects the viewer into an intense thrill ride and at last lands them in a scene of horror created by Craven, the main influence to the genre itself. These emotions make Red Eye unique and captivating and are its main reason to watch.
Being filmed in a shell of an aeroplane Red Eye has a claustrophobic effect and due to Lisa's obvious entrapment it does work well, realistic turbulence also focus's on the raging mental battle between Lisa and Jack. The film meets its success with this, the complex tuning of man on woman, locking their horns so ferociously with Rippners cool, chilling demeanor and Lisa's Brisk defiance. Here Red Eye is well and truly up in the air of Cravens greats, it is unfortunately when the plane lands that the film plummets.
Lisa has escaped Jack's clutches and she now must rush home to her father (Brian Cox.) Rippner follows and a completely out of context cat and mouse ensues making the film feel rushed and despite being filled with suspense it just didnt fit with the strong psychological themes of the movie, and was if anything too action packed and too physical.
Another subtle anomaly in Red Eye's fluency is that both Brian Cox (Joe Reisert) and Jayma Mays (Cynthia) are both well established actors,however their parts in Red Eye are brushed over and seem of no real significance. The dialogue is at times weak and despite some of Cox's more emotive lines his character still lacks direction, not so much a flaw but this Disconnects Lisa and her Fathers relationship and therefore slightly tilted empathy toward the main decision Lisa has to face.
There is absolutely no doubt that Wes Craven is not only a horror genre genius but also a directing brilliance and Red Eye's deep psychological detail and Intense character-actor combinations in the form of Murphy and McAdams exaggerate Red Eye's success, despite its obvious weak ending. Red Eye still holds Turbulent twists and thrills to satisfy most film lovers and its fluency and direction creates a memorable, captivating film.
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on 5 February 2014
After attending the funeral of her grandmother in Dallas, Hotel manager Lisa is waiting for a flight to Miami.

Due to the bad weather and consequent flight delays, she meets in the airport bar Jackson Rippner, who is also in the waiting list.

They sit together on the plane, and Jackson reveals that he wants Lisa to change the room in her hotel of an important American politician to facilitate a terrorist attempt against him.

Otherwise, Lisa's father will be killed by a hit man.

Lisa has to decide what to do with the menacing man at her side....

After the crassness of Scream 3 and Cursed, it's nice to see Craven do a little thriller movie which really sets the heart thumping during the first two acts. Murphy steals the show from everyone as the protagonist who wants Lisa to make a simple phone call.

His name gives a lot away to who he is and what he is capable of, but it just gets laughed off during their first encounter. Comic relief is provided by the girl from Glee, and the urgency provided by the ever reliable Cox and the man waiting outside for him.

There are little macgufins though in the film that are featured (pens for sure) that make you think 'hmmm, i;m sure they will be used later' and sure enough they do.

and this is where the film slightly falters, Craven goes back to his Scream/horror roots, and turns Rippner into an all slashing, all maniacal corridor stalker.

He even has a killer as trait with his voice distorted thanks to a pen in the windpipe, and a weird gait.

it sends the movie a little bonkers, but thanks to a very solid first two acts, the film manages to hold up. Mcadams is fine in the film, but she does nothing memorable.

This film is all about Murphy, and proves he is one of the best young British actors in the business.
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One simple phone call saves your dad's life.

Red Eye is directed by Wes Craven and written by Carl Ellsworth and Dan Foos. It stars Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy and Brian Cox. Music is by Marco Beltrami and cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman. McAdams plays a hotel manager who is kidnapped by a stranger on a routine flight to Miami and threatened by the potential murder of her father. To save him she must assist her captor in the assassination of a powerful politician.

Wes Craven drifts away from horror to craft this psychological thriller. Were it not for a final third that is unintentionally pantomime in execution, then it surely would have been a better movie. The set-up is a good one, having McAdams' aviophobe have her fears exasperated aboard a plane is a great move, the tense and claustrophobic feel is prominent and once Murphy's "too nice to be true" villain reveals his hand, there's genuine intrigue introduced as to just how can she get out of this pickle? So far so good. The rest of the plane journey consists of the fraught but game girl trying to get out of said pickle courtesy of some bona fide and rational perks in the screenplay. But once the big move is made and the plane lands, film loses its grip on thriller status and becomes a preposterous action movie trailer. The leads are good when the screenplay is sizzling, McAdams engages and proves believable with her mounting panic, and Murphy makes for an icy cold but charming villain, but then Craven has the former turn into Wonder Woman and the latter into Coco the Clown! A shame because it promised so much more.

A better than average time filler, especially if expectations are set at medium. But Craven seems to get bored entering the last third and decides to make the film more fun and popcorn muncher friendly. A misstep for sure. 6/10
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on 17 March 2013
[Spoilers Ahead]

You know the heroine is important because she walks fast through the airport while talking on her cell phone. Yet she doesn't break out a laptop on the plane. Wes Craven discombobulates you like that. Also, at her father's house, there are two close-ups of a picture of her playing field hockey.. so you know she's mentally and physically tough. However, standing in line at the airport -- she's reading a soft headed Dr Phil book. What is going on here?! My mind was spinning and I got vertigo!

The look of the film, mostly taking place in an airport, plane, and hotel, is modern-travel-sterilized-chic. If you like Scandinavian Designs with its angular clean lines, you'll like the look of this film big-time. If you have nick nacks everywhere and three layers of antique doilies on every surface, the film will be like a well needed vacation that clears your head.

By the end, Cillian Murphy gets his comeuppance -- a beat down from Rachel McAdams. Once again in a scary movie, the woman raises her pimp hand and puts the smackdown on a man. (A man who is wearing a symbolic ascot to represent the so-called male WASP "power structure"). That gave me goose bumps and made the hair on my arms stand up. As the credits rolled, the film left a lot to ponder. Like, when will white men be treated as equals? And what is the world coming to.
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on 10 March 2006
A slight twist on the traditional 'emergency on an aircraft' plot makes it worth watching & held our attention (actually only part of this film is set on board an aircraft). The male lead is sufficiently creepy to get your pulse racing and you can empathise with the nightmare predicament into which the previously unsuspecting female lead finds herself. Our only minor bug was a few "she wouldn't have done that/survived that" shots in the second half of the film. But hey, we can live with that...
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