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4.0 out of 5 stars Rear Window for the 21st century, 6 July 2009
This review is from: Disturbia [DVD] (DVD)
There is no shying away from the fact that this film is first and foremost Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window for the modern era. All of the Hitchcockian elements that made the original film so popular are all here including when the main character sends a friend in to explore the neighbour's house while he is away and the classic moment when the spied on becomes aware of his privacy being invaded and looks directly at the spy and us as an audience. The film does not attempt to hide its homage to Hitchcock but it is its modern edge that makes it retain a unique appeal. Jimmy Stewart's camera and binoculars are shoved into nostalgia by Shia Labeouf's modern equipment, including cameras, computers, televisions and phones. At one point he is able to get a live feed of his suspicious neighbour shovel shopping via the internet and his friend's phone. Fans of Hitchcock (like myself) may be cynical of the film for 'stealing' the tone of Rear Window but there is still lots of newer elements to be found in this film. An adolescent twist sees Shia Labeouf's character on house arrest, filling his time with spying on his neighbours and the attractive girl next door. Humour also plays a large part in the film. One particularly funny moment sees him blast an old soul song from his hifi atop his roof in an attempt to gatecrash his love interest's party. The film keeps a nice balance between, shocks, tension and humour and although many of the scare techniques are unashamedly borrowed; in the same way that a period war film creates discussion about today's society, this film (among other broader issues) explores the utilisation of technology in a world undergoing 'a heightened state of paranoia.' Well worth a watch.
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