Peeping Tom Or Neighborhood Watchdog?
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Sarah Roemer,
Carrie-Anne Moss, David Morse,
and Aaron Yoo
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 104 Minutes
Distributor: DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures
Director: D.J. Caruso
Executive Producer: Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock
Producer: Joe Medjuck, E. Bennett Walsh
and Jackie Marcus
Writer: Christopher Landon and Carl
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After his father is killed in a violent car accident, Kale does not know how to cope emotionally. His outbursts of anger include punching out his high school Spanish teacher. He is soon sentenced to three months house arrest. Once his mother eliminates his subscription to X-Box Live and iTunes, Kale finds himself getting a little stir-crazy, and he resorts to binoculars to find entertainment. Intrigued by his own “Reality TV without the TV,” Kale soon learns all of his neighbors’ dirty little secrets.
During his “stakeouts,” Kale comes to believe that his next-door neighbor may well indeed be a violent serial killer wanted by the police. Kale’s interest turns into an obsession. His obsession soon turns into a deadly game, a game that neither Kale, his mother, nor his friends may survive.
DISTURBIA is a well-made thriller with some exciting, albeit clichéd, moments of tension and suspense. Shia LaBeouf is a relatively new, talented young actor who gives a solid performance here. The story moves at a relatively good pace, but the plot of a next-door neighbor/serial killer is a worn-out story device that has been overused time and time again, and this movie really does nothing much to freshen up that plotline.
The movie is set in a relatively moral worldview, in that evil actions are punished with elements of heroism. However, the movie contains some cautionary elements, which include that Kale’s newfound entertainment involves invading people’s privacy through the lenses of his binoculars. It also involves some teenage sensuality as he watches the pretty young woman next door. These elements, coupled with some underage partying, a scene of young pre-teen boys watching pornography, relatively strong foul language, and strong violence earn DISTURBIA an extreme caution from MOVIEGUIDE®.
DISTURBIA is a well-made thriller with some exciting, but clichéd, moments of tension and suspense. Shia LaBeouf is a relatively new, talented young actor who gives a solid performance, but the plot of a next-door neighbor/serial killer is a worn-out, overused story device. Also, the movie contains some problematic material. Although evil is punished and good triumphs, there is lots of foul language, some teenage sensuality, underage partying, as well as the fact that the protagonist’s newfound entertainment involves becoming a peeping tom. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.