director D.J. Caruso
travels from the shore to the suburbs for this suspenseful tale of a young man who suspects that his neighbor is a notorious serial killer. Kale (Shia LaBeouf
) is a high school senior who has yet to come to terms with the fact that his father is gone, the victim of a fatal accident. As Kale's mother (Carrie-Anne Moss
) struggles to pay the bills by picking up extra shifts at work, her son's behavior grows increasingly erratic. When an altercation at school finds Kale placed under court-ordered house arrest, the homebound student teams with newly arrived girl-next-door Ashley (Sarah Roemer
) to investigate the suspicious neighbor (David Morse
), whom Kale believes to be an elusive and wanted serial killer. Their attentions focused intensely on their suspect, Kale and Ashley trespass down a dangerous path while attempting to discern whether his suspicions are grounded in fact or just a combination of deep depression and suffocating cabin fever.