02 March 2015

RED EYE (2005)

RED EYE

German Titles:
Red Eye - Die Angst fliegt mit / Red Eye - Nachtflug in den Tod

USA, 2005
Director: Wes Craven

7/10







The 00s weren't a great decade for horror legend Wes Craven. He started out with the horrid "Scream" threequel (2000), continued with the awkward werewolf hokum "Cursed" (2005) and a weird segment for the anthology "Paris, je' t'aime" (2006), and concluded with the promising but ultimately immensely disappointing
"My Soul to Take" (2010)...


...but in between all of this rubbish, there was at least one more flick, and this one gladly reminded us of the fact that Craven was once one of the most interesting, most surprising, most versatile American genre directors: "Red Eye", surprisingly not a horror film, but more of a traditional thriller in the vein of films like "Nick of Time", "Narrow Margin" or "Cellular" (and maybe "Turbulence"), following a young hotel manager who gets kidnapped on a routine red-eye flight by a stranger who's involved in the assassination of the US Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.

"Red Eye" is neither original nor groundbreaking, but it's definitely a wonderfully exciting thrill ride and undoubtedly Craven's most entertaining film since the first two "Scream" installments, gripping and suspense-packed over its entire super-short length (only 77 minutes long!). The script feels amateurish and uneven (Carl Ellsworth, "Disturbia"), and the characters all seem pretty unbelievable, but Craven perfectly managed to turn the medicore source material into a top-notch piece of entertainment that's actually hard to not like.


Driven by strong pacing and a gripping score by Marco Beltrami ("Halloween H20"), "Red Eye" captivates you from the beginning and never lets go. Cillian Murphy gives a flawless performance as fascinating villain who's charming and scary at the very same time, Rachel McAdams is solid as always, and Robert D. Yeoman's ("The Grand Budapest Hotel") camera work is just cool.

At one point, there were talks about a "Red Eye 2". Unfortunately, it never came to fruition. Pity, I would have loved to see some more Craven-esque
flight suspense...

6 comments:

  1. I've been meaning to watch this movie for a long time...I think I should dust off the 2 years worth of...dust and finally give it a try.

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    1. I think so too :D I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

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  2. I think it's one of his overlooked gems. Solid thriller

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  3. I love Red Eye! I even chose Lisa as one of my Heroines of Horror over on Wickedhorror.com.
    Such an underrated flick from my favorite horror dude.

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