Disturbia wasn’t exactly what I expected. From the trailers, it looked like it was going to be a cheesy teen horror flick like the remake of When A Stranger Calls. The fact that it had Shia LaBeouf in it didn’t have me any less worried, because let’s face it – everyone makes a bad movie eventually. Luckily the movie wasn’t the crap that I was expecting it to be.
Kale (LaBeouf) is under house arrest for punching his teacher in the face (but the guy deserved it). Kale’s mom (super-hot, but less hot than she was in The Matrix, Carrie-Anne Moss) has canceled his XBox Live and iTunes accounts, leaving him with nothing to do but build Twinkie towers and spy on the neighbors. Of course he catches the usual neighborhood gossip – affairs with the maid, kids watching things they shouldn’t be, and the hot new girl in town going for a swim. He also thinks he sees evidence that his semi-creepy lawnmowing neighbor is a serial killer.
The neighbor (played by David Morse – yes, Captain Brian from The Langoliers) mows his lawn twice a day, carries large bloody plastic bags down his stairs, and mysteriously fixes a dent in his car overnight. He also happens to show up in Kale’s house, after helping his mother with a flat tire.
The whole movie we’re right along with Kale – is he a killer? Are we just seeing things? While the build-up to the finale is much, much longer than I would have thought, it’s worth it. The finale is excellent, and the lead-up is just as entertaining. Shia LaBeouf has a long career in front of him, if he manages to stay out of the rehab crowd of stars his age. He’s charming, entertaining, and a natural on screen. Co-stars Aaron Yoo and Sarah Roemer are almost as talented, and definitely both have excellent on screen chemistry with Shia.
The movie isn’t the terrifying thriller the trailers made it out to be, and it’s certainly not the psychological thriller that 1408 is, but it’s definitely worth an afternoon of your time to sit back and enjoy.
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