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Director: D.J. Caruso

Cast: Shia LaBeouf, David Morse, Sarah Roemer


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Salton Sea 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


Salton Sea 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.

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As one of Alfred Hitchcock's best films and most delicious concepts, Rear Window has been primed for a modern reworking, beyond what it got when Christopher Reeve played the lead in a straightforward 1998 remake. Disturbia at first promises to be that satisfying update of the story, as the housebound protagonist swaps his wheelchair for an ankle bracelet, which will summon police cars if he strays beyond a certain radius. Everything about this setup works, from the whimsical notion that a home is anything but a prison for a teenager with Sony PlayStation to an opening that sets the events in motion with powerful immediacy. Shia LaBeouf's gifts of naturalism are on full display, reinforcing why he's considered one of the most promising leading men of his generation, and was cast in a succession of Hollywood's most anticipated summer blockbusters. But problems surface with the arrival of David Morse's nefarious neighbor, whose late-night activities look anything but wholesome through LaBeouf's binoculars. It's not that Morse doesn't have Raymond Burr's eerie presence -- in fact, Morse is capable of a chilling deadness that makes him quite an effective villain. The problem is that his behavior sabotages the credibility the rest of the film has worked to establish. Not only is he creepy in a way that would tip off anybody, but his crimes are executed with a total lack of shrewdness -- full of wild, murderous gesticulations in front of open windows. Perhaps that's the only way LaBeouf's Kale Brecht can witness them, but this was less problematic in Hitchcock's day, when audiences didn't have the sophisticated forensic understanding of the criminal mind that today's viewers have absorbed almost by osmosis. Disturbia has a basic tautness and some decent set pieces, but not surprisingly, it falls well short of the Rear Window standard.

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[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shia LaBeouf Kale Brecht
David Morse Robert Turner
Sarah Roemer Ashley
Viola Davis Detective Parker
Carrie-Anne Moss Julie, Kate's Mom
Aaron Yoo Ronnie
Jose Pablo Cantillo Officer Gutierrez
Matt Craven Daniel Brecht
Brandon Caruso Greenwood Boys
Luciano Rauso Greenwood Boys
Daniel Caruso Greenwood Boys
Kevin Quinn Mr Carlson
Suzanne Rico News Anchors
Kent Shocknek News Anchors
Rene Rivera Señor Gutiérrez
Amanda Walsh Minnie Tyco
Charles Carroll Judge
Gillian Shure Turner's Club Girl
Dominic Daniel Policeman
Lisa Tobin Big Wheel Mom
Cindy Lou Adtkins Mrs Greenwood
Bruce Fowler Conductor

Technical Credits
D.J. Caruso Director
Deborah Aquila Casting
Michael Babcock Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Babin Camera Operator
Douglas Cumming Art Director
Rene Dashiell-Kerby Makeup
Marie-Sylvie Deveau Costumes/Costume Designer
Carl Ellsworth Screenwriter
Bruce Fowler Score Composer
James M. Freitag Asst. Director
Jennifer Hawks Musical Direction/Supervision
Christopher Landon Original Story,Screenwriter
Dana Mackey Associate Producer
Jackie Marcus Producer
Kim Marks Camera Operator
Joe Medjuck Producer
Jim Page Editor
Kwame Parker Associate Producer
Tom Pollock Executive Producer
Ivan Reitman Executive Producer
Richard Reynolds Set Decoration/Design
Tom Southwell Production Designer
Rogier Stoffers Cinematographer
Mark Ulano Sound/Sound Designer
E. Bennett Walsh Producer
Randall D. Wilkins Set Decoration/Design
Tricia Wood Casting
Geoff Zanelli Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Disturbia
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18


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Disturbia 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
very cool movie i enjoyed it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This i heard was something similar to another movie called rear window with a similar plot no wonder a lot of people thought of that. Anyway you have a teen under house arrest suspects neighbor of being a killer with help from best pal and the new girl. I like it and it had some jump out of your moments and good suspense. So would see it again and love Shia too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
DISTURBIA is a fine little thriller of a movie. Though some viewers are commenting that it is merely a takeoff on REAR WINDOW and finding it not up to that caliber - and if that bothers potential viewers then be advised, for this viewer it is more a film that addresses our progressive invasion of privacy by high tech instruments, and as such the film makes an important statement. Writers Christopher Landon and Carl Ellsworth have produced a solid script that manages to capture teenage angst and view of the world and with director D.J. Caruso the story is propelled along with a hold-your-breath pace that makes for a very entertaining and scary movie! Kale (a very fine Shia LaBeouf) had a great relationship with his father (Matt Craven), but in a hideous auto accident Kale witnesses the death of his father, an event that disturbs him so greatly even a year later that he misbehaves in school and eventually is put under house arrest wearing an alarm bracelet on his ankle. Kale's mother (Carrie-Anne Moss) tries to cope with the 'incarcerated' Kale, but tires of his aimless wasting of time and energy. Out of boredom Kale stares out his windows with binoculars, observing the neighbors, not the least of which is an attractive young Ashley (Sarah Roemer). Kale's best friend Ronnie (a very promising Aaron Yoo) is Kale's only contact with the outside world and when the two boys spy on Ashley in her swimming pool, they together find more sophisticated means of voyeurism. And, once Ashley visits Kale the three join in spying on a strange neighbor Mr. Turner (David Morse), finding him similar to a media-described serial killer. From there the plot thickens and quickens as the threesome made dangerous discoveries and end up in an investigation of scary proportions. The final fifteen minutes of the film are a bit over-the-top, but the rest of the movie is so well done that the ending can be forgiven. There are some fine cameo roles by Viola Davis as the detective in charge of Kale's house arrest, Jose Pablo Cantillo as officer who is stuck with responding to Kale's multiple infringements of his house arrest, among others. Shia LaBeouf is young in his craft but demonstrates a fine screen presence and a lot of polish: he carries the movie well. This is not a major film (though it did very well at the box office!), but is a surefire entertainment! Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
i saw this movie in theater its great keep you guesing well played must see
Crypt-Keeper More than 1 year ago
This movie never gets boring, no matter how many times you watch it! Shia LeBeouf is a great actor. And David Morse is no slouch either!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't express in words how much i love this movie! It rox my sox!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is so far the best suspense thriller I have seen! I highly recommend this movie because it will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went in to see this movie and thinkin it was going to be one of those teen movies, but I thought it was really good because of its thrills and good acting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was excited to see this movie knowing it's a take on Rear Window, and I sure was let down. It's slow-moving and predictable. Don't waste your time. And the characters are all stereotypes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best thriller and horror movie i have ever seen. it has a little romance, suspense all mixed. ready to scare your but off? watch disturbia and buy it for keeps!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was so awesome! The whole plot was very well thought out. The storyline is basically that Kale, a boy on house arrest for throwing a punch at a teacher, suspects his neighbor of being a mass murderer. Eventually, the climax leads up to Kale finding out what this guy is really up to......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The obvious comparison is it is a modern day "Rear Window", and to some extent it is. However, whenever any movie maker decides to do a twist on a classic, it always falls on its face. Imagine creating ET, 30 years later, would not have the same impact, neither does this. The most outstanding part of this moving is Shia; he shows he is more than a pretty Disney face. David Morse is dreadful as the crazed psycho neighbor, totally unbelievable...no villian quality at all.
It is visually a well done movie, somewhat suspensful and worth seeing...at least once.
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