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Disturbia (2007)

  Tags: Aaron Yoo, Carrie-Anne Moss, D.J. Caruso, David Morse, Disturbia, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sarah Roemer, Shia LaBeouf, suspense, thriller

Your rating: None Average: 7 (5 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
7

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Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
D.J. Caruso
Runtime: 
104 minutes
Cast: 
Shia LaBeouf, Sarah Roemer, Carrie-Anne Moss, David Morse, Aaron Yoo, Jose Pablo Cantillo


The second week after the release of Grindhouse, movie-goers had a chance to view what they missed on Easter weekend, but instead, they chose to see Disturbia, making it #1 at the box office with $22-million, already covering the film's budget. It makes sense since it was PG-13 and the theme of the film had a chance to appeal to a more wide audience (mostly young teens obviously).

It was apparent from viewing the trailer that this wasn't going to be anything we haven't already seen. Clearly ripping off Hitchcock's classic Rear Window and giving it a suburban theme and modern edge, the film offered a cast of fresh leads and a script that attempted to thrill a younger audience. Regardless of the movie's lack of originality, it still proved to be an entertaining watch.

As if you didn't already know, the film follows a young teen named Kale (talented young actor Shia LaBeouf) whose given 3-months house arrest after punching out his Spanish teacher. Kale attempts to pass the time by doing what we've all done while stuck at home -- listen to music, watch television, play video games. That is, of course, until he spots his beautiful new neighbor Ashley (played by newcomer Sarah Roemer), whom he quickly becomes infatuated with.

While on his many peep-a-thons he spies what appears to be his neighbor Mr. Turner (played by veteran actor David Morse) killing a woman, leading Kale to believe that he may or may not be the killer that's been mentioned on the news. The rest of the movie plays out as we'd expect -- Kale recruits the young girl and his Asian friend (who naturally also plays the comedy relief) to help him prove that the neighbor is the murderer, but of course no one believes him.

Sure the story has been done before, but somehow I still found myself having a good time watching the flick. David Morse played a convincing average-looking guy with a dark secret, but this was really Shia LaBeouf's film. He played a bored teen and concerned (or nosey) neighbor quite well, and although the movie doesn't really offer much as far as scares or suspense (for me anyway), it does present a lot of interesting situations for our leads that make us question their fate.

With the theme and suburban setting I couldn't help but be reminded of the beginning of Fright Night, with Charlie spying on his neighbor, whom he believes to be a vampire. Disturbia proves that even if you take a tired theme, but present it with a fresh new take and talented actors that you can come out with a pretty decent watch.

Though not as disturbing as the title may suggest, the film does prove to be an entertaining watch, despite its lack of originality. If you're looking for a nice little thriller I say give this a check.

Posted on June 5, 2010 - 7:00pm | FrighT MasteR

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