Friday, February 23, 2018

Red Eye (2005)

Director: Wes Craven

Writers: Carl Ellsworth, Dan Foos

Composer: Marco Beltrami

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox, Terry Press, Robert Pine

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Fear Takes Flight

Plot: A woman is kidnapped by a stranger on a routine flight. Threatened by the potential murder of her father, she is pulled into a plot to assist her captor in offing a politician.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

As soon as I starting thinking about what was going on this picture turned to shit.  This is far more convoluted than it would ever be in real life.  To go through this much trouble to do one simple thing, as to kill a man, is an exercise in stupidity.  Why approach Lisa (McAdams) on a plane?  Why not somewhere easier like, uh, anywhere else?  Hell, why go through all of the bullshit they did just to get a man moved to a different hotel room?  And that Rippner (Murphy) spent two months following her in preparation for this crazy scheme to begin is utterly stupid.  There are far too many things that could go wrong for him to think this was the best and easiest means of achieving his end.  Despite all of the cliche'd BS, it's base level entertainment but be damned if you don't check your brain at the door and end up rubbing two brain cells together, enough so that a spark ignites and you begin to think about how dumb this plot is.  At the very least you can thank this movie for giving Brian Cox an easy paycheck, not that he'll ever share it with any of us. I'm probably being generous by giving this a 6 but it didn't bore me.  My yelling at the TV gave me some pleasure.

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