Red Eye

Red Eye

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Director: Wes Craven

Cast: Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox

     
 

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Terror rides the night skies in this thriller from horror auteur Wes Craven. Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) is a young woman with more than her share of anxieties about flying. However, when circumstances demand she go to Miami, she gathers her nerves and books a seat on a late-night flight. Sitting next to her is a handsome and charming man named Jackson (Cillian… See more details below

Overview

Terror rides the night skies in this thriller from horror auteur Wes Craven. Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) is a young woman with more than her share of anxieties about flying. However, when circumstances demand she go to Miami, she gathers her nerves and books a seat on a late-night flight. Sitting next to her is a handsome and charming man named Jackson (Cillian Murphy), whom she already met in the airport, but once their jet is safely in the air, Lisa discovers he's not the pleasant traveling companion she imagined. Jackson is part of a terrorist cell plotting to kill the head of Homeland Security, and he's decided to draft Lisa into helping him. While Lisa has no interest in abetting Jackson's plan, he soon reveals he's holding a trump card -- his compatriots are holding Lisa's father hostage, and will kill him if she doesn't cooperate. Red Eye was the first feature film credit for screenwriter Carl Ellsworth, who previously scripted episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Xena: Warrior Princess.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Following up on her comedic triumph in Wedding Crashers, the versatile Rachel McAdams makes her thriller debut in this gripping opus directed by veteran shudder film specialist Wes Craven. She plays Lisa Reisert, the resourceful customer service manager of a large hotel catering to government officials as well as visiting tourists. While flying home to vacation with her dad (Brian Cox), Lisa is essentially kidnapped onboard the plane by a fellow passenger who calls himself Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy, the creepy Scarecrow in Batman Begins). He's working for an unnamed terrorist group that aims to assassinate a Homeland Security bigwig who's about to check into Lisa's hotel, and he orders her to help facilitate the hit or lose her dad to a shooter lurking outside the Reisert home. It's a simple premise, but Craven develops it skillfully, without extraneous characters or time-wasting subplots. Once the basic situation is established, our attention is riveted on Lisa's plight: Trapped in an airplane with an admitted killer sitting next to her, can she possibly foil his plan without risking either her life or her father's? It's a tour de force for McAdams, who makes Lisa totally believable within the confines of a narrowly defined character. Murphy, too, is excellent, conveying oily charm and quiet menace with seeming effortlessness. Red Eye isn't a lengthy or complex thriller; it sustains suspense with constant forward motion, progressing seamlessly from one plot point to the next, and without a single superfluous scene. It's not unlike the very best B-movies of Hollywood's Golden Age, which told their formula-bound stories concisely. It's the best film Craven has directed in years.
All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Wes Craven's Red Eye is an efficient and professional claustrophobic thriller, boosted by a strong, simple premise (along the lines of Speed or Phone Booth) and the director's unassailable skill at creating suspense and sustaining tension. While the focus of the story is two passengers on a commercial flight engaging in a life-or-death battle of wits and will while seated beside each other, screenwriter Carl Ellsworth and Craven open things up by having other, minor characters just involved enough in the action, highlighting both Lisa's (Rachel McAdams) need to connect with an outsider to her ordeal and Jackson's (Cillian Murphy) need to keep her isolated on the crowded plane. Lisa, played for maximum sympathy and audience identification by McAdams, is a surprisingly rich character for such a film, and it's gratifying to watch her natural resourcefulness come to bear as she faces down her pragmatic captor. The way Jackson sees it, he's simply doing his job, and while Lisa's job requires her to salve egos and smooth over mishaps, Jackson arranges to have people killed. With his ice-blue eyes, Murphy is effectively charming and creepy by turns until the movie leaves the plane, at which point things get a bit too ludicrous (not that his elaborate plot is ever quite convincing to begin with) and his performance veers off in an unfortunate over-the-top direction as the cat-and-mouse finale becomes more entrenched in the tropes of the genre. The film's purposefully muddled politics don't help. Still, Red Eye offers an expertly made, enjoyably suspenseful movie experience.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2013
UPC:
0883929313884
Original Release:
2005
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
17,904

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Commentary by the Filmmakers, including Director Wes Craven; Get Inside the Mind of Wes Craven, the Master of Suspense; The Making of a Thriller at 30,000 Feet; - A behind-the-scenes featurette; Outtakes and Bloopers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rachel McAdams Lisa Reisert
Cillian Murphy Jackson
Brian Cox Joe Reisert
Jayma Mays Cynthia
Colby Donaldson Head Secret Service Agent
Jack Scalia Charles Keefe

Technical Credits
Wes Craven Director
Lisa Beach Casting
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Chris Bender Producer
Ron Bolanowski Special Effects Supervisor
Andrew Cahn Art Director
Mick Cukurs Set Decoration/Design
Bonnie Curtis Executive Producer
Carl Ellsworth Original Story,Screenwriter
Dan Foos Original Story
Mary Claire Hannan Costumes/Costume Designer
Sarah Katzman Casting
Elizabeth Lapp Set Decoration/Design
Jim Lemley Executive Producer
Stuart Levy Editor
Patrick Lussier Editor
Marianne Maddalena Producer
Bruce A. Miller Production Designer
Mason Novick Executive Producer
J.C. Spink Executive Producer
Jim Steube Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Yeoman Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Red Eye
1. Chapter 1 [6:31]
2. Chapter 2 [9:20]
3. Chapter 3 [3:47]
4. Chapter 4 [6:44]
5. Chapter 5 [3:47]
6. Chapter 6 [7:37]
7. Chapter 7 [4:42]
8. Chapter 8 [2:59]
9. Chapter 9 [1:18]
10. Chapter 10 [3:34]
11. Chapter 11 [4:52]
12. Chapter 12 [5:11]
13. Chapter 13 [3:44]
14. Chapter 14 [4:12]
15. Chapter 15 [6:42]
16. Chapter 16 [1:41]
17. Chapter 17 [8:19]
18. Chapter 18 [:00]

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