RED EYE (2005)

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I was surprised how well this movie delivered. I wasn’t expecting much; in fact I really thought it was going to be pretty tough to get through. However, I really enjoyed watching this and I thought the plot was fairly compelling.

This movie does a great job of being tense throughout. Not quite the same as No Way Out but still pretty decent. I think what brought this movie to another level was the casting. It was spot-on with great actors. Had they gotten another couple that wasn’t as good at acting, I think this movie really would have been a wreck. Luckily it was spot-on though and I think if you haven’t watched this movie it’s definitely worth it!

Elizabeth (spoilers)

Yeah, I fucking love Red Eye. It was one of the last movies I saw when I lived in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina struck (it was either Red Eye or Me and You and Everyone We Know – I saw both in the same weekend) and I loved it so much that I suggested we see it again after we evacuated to Texas, because the movie was awesome and kick-ass and would be a good distraction.

I think what I love the most about Red Eye is how tight it is. It’s not even a full hour and a half and it moves really fast. But given the nature of the movie, all that does is make you feel like time is always running out and makes everything that much more tense. It follows Lisa (Rachel McAdams) a hotel manager from Miami, who sits next to Jackson (Cillian Murphy) on a flight home from Texas. Once the plane is in the air, Jackson tells Lisa that he’s not actually this charming guy that’s been flirting with her, but actually a terrorist who is going to force Lisa to switch the room that Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security is staying at in her hotel so that the terrorists can bomb the room and kill him. To drive the point home, Jackson gives Lisa her father’s wallet as proof that there is an assassin waiting outside her father’s house, ready to kill him if Lisa doesn’t follow through.

And Lisa is smart. She cries, but she contains herself. She nervously tries to alert for help, from writing a help message in another passenger’s book to writing on the bathroom that Jackson’s seat has a bomb underneath it. While all of this is going on, everyone on the plane is oblivious, making Lisa’s situation that much more stressful. In fact, everyone on the plane just thinks Lisa and Jackson are a couple; after they exit the bathroom together, everyone assumes that they were having sex, rather than Jackson choking her and threatening to kill her and her father. Jackson gives us glimpses of his humanity; he asks Lisa how she got a scar on her chest and when she reveals that she was raped at knifepoint years earlier, he softens a little. He tells her that what happened to her was beyond her control. Instead of giving into Jackson’s slight concern, Lisa tells him that she will never let herself be taken advantage of again and stabs him in the throat with a ballpoint pen as soon as the plane doors open after landing. BAD ASSSSSSSSSSSS!

The chase and fight continues to Lisa’s father’s house, which becomes sort of a home invasion nightmare after her father is knocked out and Jackson chases Lisa through her childhood home, Lisa armed with only a lacrosse stick. She eventually defeats him while saving her father, the deputy, and his family. It’s extremely satisfying that Lisa defeats him in her house, after all the frustration that came from being trapped on an airplane with no one to help her.

Red Eye is straightforward but exciting. There isn’t a huge twist at the end, everyone is who you think they are. This movie is legitimately stressful and frightening, all without much gore and while telling a fairly simple story, which I think is impressive. I’m jealous if you haven’t seen Red Eye because you still get to eventually see it for the first time.

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