Spunky Heroine Saves the Day
Release Date: August 19, 2005
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Cillian
Murphy, Brian Cox, Jayma Mays,
and Jack Scalia
Genre: Suspense Thriller
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 85 minutes
Director: Wes Craven
Executive Producer: J.C. Spink, Bonnie Curtis, Jim
Lemley, and Mason Novick
Producer: Marianne Maddalena and Chris
Writer: Carl Ellsworth
Address Comments To:David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg
1000 Flower Street
Glendale, CA 91201
Phone: (818) 695-5000
One of the reasons the movie is so entertaining is the simplicity of its plot. Rachel McAdams of THE NOTEBOOK plays Lisa Reisert, a hotel reservation manager who's taking a late-night flight back to Miami, Florida after attending the funeral of her maternal grandmother. On boarding the plane, Lisa is pleasantly surprised to find that she is seated next to Jackson (Cillian Murphy), the seemingly charming man with whom she had struck up a friendly conversation while waiting in the airport terminal.
Moments after takeoff, however, Jackson informs Lisa that he has an assassin waiting to kill her beloved father at home in Miami, unless she calls her hotel and changes the room number for the arrival of the tough-minded deputy secretary of Homeland Security. With nowhere to run and no way to summon help, Lisa desperately looks for ways to thwart her ruthless captor and stop his evil plan.
Coming in at a brisk 85 minutes, RED EYE successfully builds acute tension and excitement. Though most of the focus is on two characters, director Wes Craven effectively spotlights other characters, including the spunky heroine's nervous young assistant back at the hotel. Everything leads to a satisfying ending, where the values of family, courage, compassion, determination, and the connection between a father and his daughter thwart the worst parts of the terrorists' plan. RED EYE also continues the American storytelling tradition of dark forces threatening the family, especially women and children. Thus, its story has a classic feel to it that could help it succeed at the box office.
Director Wes Craven usually does violent horror slasher movies that earn MOVIEGUIDE®'s rebuke. Here, however, as he did with the MOVIEGUIDE® Award-winning MUSIC OF THE HEART, Craven shows he is able to create an entertaining movie without resorting to excessively violent shock techniques. If RED EYE is successful, perhaps Mr. Craven can break out of the slasher horror genre and use his considerable talents in more appropriate endeavors.
RED EYE contains some foul language and a couple sexual references. There is also some alcohol use and light feminist content where villain makes sexist comparison between the intelligence of women versus men.
Coming in at a brisk 85 minutes, RED EYE successfully builds tension and excitement. Everything leads to a satisfying ending, where the values of family, courage, compassion, and determination thwart the worst of the terrorists' plan. RED EYE contains foul language, alcohol use and some sexual references, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution.