A Very Cool Teen Romantic Comedy/Drama... With a Serial Killer thrown in! (by WoodsboroFountain)
I was very entertained when I saw an advanced screening of this last night, I was happy that this focused on the characters more, for they are very likable - It just makes the terror far more terrifying! It is of course similar to other thrillers, but what isn't? The young cast give very good performances in what is much like a smart teen romantic comedy, and the opening scene is very well done.If you just enjoy sitting back and watching a thriller then you'll enjoy this, A LOT, but if you're a fussy nit-picker who think they are beyond teen thrillers, you better stay <more>
away.It's co-written by Carl Ellsworth who also wrote RED EYE and if you enjoyed that you should enjoy this. The direction is good also.The music choices are cool too.Lot's of quirky humour and scary set pieces keep you entertained in a fun suspense-mystery-thriller."Rear What?" Disturbia - 9/10.
I just came back from Disturbia and I was really impressed! I went with some friends, excited to see it, not knowing what to expect, and it was amazing! There was the perfect balance of scares, mystery, comedy, and romance to make it more than your average thriller. Shia Labeouf plays troubled teen Kale who, a year after the death of his father, punches an insensitive teacher, ends up under house arrest. After his mother cuts his video games, iTunes, and television, all he has is his window. He starts to suspect one of his neighbors just might be a serial killer based on a series of clues and <more>
evidence. With the help of his best friend, Ronnie, and his new neighbor, Ashley, they try to solve what really goes on in Mr. Turner's house. The romance between Kale and Ashley, the excellent suspense, the comic relief of Ronnie, and the horrors and action balance out to make a great flick that excedes more genres than just thriller. As I've said before, I just saw this movie and already it has become a favourite. It is a must-see, whatever your taste in movies is!
In a world where technology rules all, "Disturbia" fits right on in. Kale is your average seventeen-year-old, who just so happens to have been put under house arrest for assaulting his Spanish teacher. He's distant from his mother, has only one close friend, and finds his days at home becoming increasingly dull. He has a tracking device around his ankle, preventing him from going further than one hundred feet from his house. With little to do as a result of his mother canceling everything from his iTunes account to his XBox , Kale takes to spying on his neighbors, who lead very <more>
different lives from what most might think. Especially Mr. Turner, who Kale suspects, is a serial killer. With the police not believing him and his mother thinking he's just acting out, Kale enlists the help of his best friend Ronnie, and the new girl next door, Ashley, to further prove his suspicions.I'd been following the progress of this film since I first heard about it some months ago. I thoroughly enjoyed the film "Rear Window" and assumed this would be a great take on the same story. People think of "Disturbia" as a remake, or a rip-off, when in actuality, it's not. "Disturbia" is it's own film, and it's a damn good one at that! Shia LaBeouf will definitely surprise you; clearly, he's grown up since his days on "Even Stevens". All around, the acting is great. Sarah Roemer plays Ashley, the hot-to-trot girl, who's just moved in next door to Kale. She, along with Kale's friend Ronnie hilariously played by Aaron Yoo; honestly, he's the definition of what comic relief should be help Kale sift through Mr. Turner's life, and discover what he's really hiding. David Morse is excellent here as Mr. Turner, he's hulking, intimidating, and absolutely horrifying; but he doesn't show his "psychotic side" until the last parts of the movie. Just watch for the scene in which he runs into the character of Ashley in a parking deck; it'll have you in complete shock.Granted, I would have liked to have seen a little more of Carrie-Anne Moss' character, but her delivery of Julie Kale's mother was excellent. She was caring and sweet, just like a real mother. The film also has it's fair share of scares, with various tension-filled stalk sequences, and action scenes that would put Michael Bay to shame, this film does no wrong. The sets are beautifully put together. It's funny, as Kale's room reminds me of my own room in so many ways.Is it original? No. Is it a fun film, that will never leave you bored? Yes. With a classic, slow-build, characters you actually care about I was all for the relationship between Kale and Ashley and a last act that will have you on the edge of your seat, "Disturbia" is definitely a film for fans of the genre to check out.
Disturbia was a great movie. I personally thought Shia LaBeouf did an excellent job in this movie. He proved that he could be serious a times but also be a hilarious teenager. It had many high tension moments but there were also many comical scenes. I enjoyed the many comical scenes that was present during the movie. It had a lot of surprises that came out of no where. This was a great thriller, it kept me on the edge of my sit during the high intense scene. The section of the age group turned out to be a great picked. I can really relate to what LaBeouf did when he was really bored during <more>
his house-arrest. I highly recommend this movie if you are into Thrillers.
Shia LaBeouf is fascinating as a teenager, who loses his father in an automobile accident after a fishing expedition together. This, of course, disturbs Shia very much. As Shia recovers, he loses concentration in his Spanish class and is embarrassed by his teacher. Shia then lashes out physically and is arrested and taken to juvenile court, which sentences him to three months of house arrest with an ankle bracelet monitor that restricts him to within 100 feet of his house. Shia is banned from using his usual video games and IPOD by his mother. So, Shia becomes bored and begins to spy on his <more>
neighbors with binoculars. And, one neighbor becomes suspected by Shia of being a serial killer.The film does a good job of not only describing a typical teenager confined in his house but also the outward normalcy of David Morse as a serial killer in a suburban setting. Dennis Rader might have been the model for David Morse, who has a habit of binding his victims and then killing them. These separate themes of a bored teenager spying on his neighbors and a serial killer pursuing his gruesome work behind a veil of respectability come together, at the end of the movie, in a thrilling climax.It is amusing, in this film, to see that, unlike most suburban neighborhoods, the residents of these houses seem to always be at home. And, most of the windows of the houses are wide open to peering eyes. But, for the most part, the film does communicate plausibility and resulting dramatic impact. Shia is a remarkable young actor, who inhabits his role well.
Definitely one of the best thrillers in film history. (by Chrivhec)
What a movie! My God! This has got to be the best thriller I've seen in years, and maybe the best thriller ever? Dare I say it? Yes I do: to me, Disturbia is the best thriller there ever was. It totally blew me away! I was actually stunned when the credits appeared on the screen, and the first word I said afterward was "Wow". This movie is very impressive, definitely D.J. Caruso's best movie to date.To make a good thriller, the first thing you need is a good script, a good story. Then you need a good crew which consists of a qualified director and qualified producers to deal <more>
with that story. Finally, you have to look for the right cast. Disturbia has a great story, a great crew and a fantastic cast, and those things resulted in a unique film. The way D.J. Caruso can bring such tension and such excitement into this movie is absolutely amazing. He paid a lot of attention to the structure of the movie, and you can really notice that. The film evolves from an average teen movie into a suspenseful thriller which makes sure you don't blink during the whole second half of the movie. I went to see this movie because I heard it was good, but 'good' doesn't even come close to define this movie, 'incredible' would be more appropriate. I liked everything about this movie, but when I think about it, the thing that surprised me the most was the cast, especially Shia LaBeouf. He did great! Really, he did a very good job and proves to be a talented young actor. You could really admire him for this role. David Morse's performance is another honorable element on his respectable career, and also Carrie-Anne Moss deserves to be mentioned: she did good, as always. I recommend everyone to go and see this movie in theaters, you will NOT be disappointed. And although the so called critics say that it's a rip-off of Hitchcock's Rear Window, I can assure you: it's not. Yes, it has some elements that also occur in Rear Window and also in other movies, but Disturbia has got a whole different storyline. I guess some people just can't admit that not only Hitchcock could made great thrillers. Because that's what Disturbia is: one of the best thrillers in film history.
I understand that the new movie Disturbia is about a person who is unable to leave his room and must look out the window for entertainment. During his peeping sessions, he finds that his neighbor might be a killer and by doing so, tries to get everyone around him to help find out the truth. That premise, and that premise alone, is the ONLY thing that likens this movie to Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece of tension and technical genius, Rear Window. Director D.J. Caruso has taken this script, no credit listed to the writers of that classic, and created a contemporary world around which he <more>
can create a cat and mouse chase from the small radius that our protagonist is allowed to travel within having a house arrest anklet affixed to his leg. If the critics are to be believed that this is a ripoff/remake, then every romantic comedy coming down the pipeline is one as well. Boy meets girl, boy must win girl, conflict causes relationship to stay strained, boy ultimately wins girl. Actually since every rom-com follows that exact plot sketch, they are more derivative than Disturbia to Rear Window because Caruso takes a premise, updates it, and makes it his own.Worried that this might end up as another lame duck attempt from the director, I didn't have too lofty of expectations. I am a fan of Shia LaBeouf, ever since his "Even Stevens" days, and knew he could give it credibility. Fortunately, after the highly disappointing Taking Lives and the ho-hum Two for the Money, it seems Caruso has come back to the form he had with his brilliant debut Salton Sea. Maybe it was the recent work on "The Shield," but we have some nice grit, close-up composition, and stylish camera-work. The realism from Sea is back and Disturbia brings it all to make one of the most entertaining films I've seen this year. We have fantastic humorLaBeouf's delivery and everyman rapport lends to this wellas well as effective scares and edge of your seat suspense. This is a PG-13 movie that knows what it is and rather than titillate with coming as close to the line as possible, stays in check and deals out a healthy dose of mood and emotion rather than blood and sex. I'd even go as far as saying Sarah Roemer's girl-next-door is the most sensual role this year. It is all about her confidence and eyes, her body language makes it work, and you fall for her just as LaBeouf does, whereas the usual R-rated nudity and over the top craziness has been going so far as to numb audiences by doing what every film now does. Credit Caruso for showing restraint for everything and leading us along by uncovering pieces of the story only when we need to know them.Besides LaBeouf, Roemer, and a funny turn from Aaron Yoo, the main driving force here is David Morse. This gem of a character actor is at the top of his game as the villainous, did he or didn't he, neighborhood serial killer. He is good as the conflicted heavy who does wrong only when the world around him has forced him to, like in Dancer in the Dark and Down in the Valley , but he is perfect as the all out creepy, sly-smiling force being accused of kidnapping and killing numerous women. Morse was allowed to run free and he took the opportunity and went even further with it. Where many suspense films like this would become laughable eventually, the realism brought out through LaBeouf and Morse keep the audience enthralled and interested in how everything will play out. I was never bored and at times actually wondering what would happen next because I was so caught up. When the climax comes, I actually was surprised thinking it was crazy that they would get us there so early, but I was just so into it that I didn't realize how much time had past.Disturbia is a genre film and won't be winning any awards any time soon. What it may lack in total originality it more than makes up for in mood and effective thrills. It had everything you could want from a movie without making you have to think too much. Sit down, go for the ride and walk out of the theatre with the knowledge that your time was well spent. D.J. Caruso, thank you for redeeming yourself.
Best thriller I've seen in a while. (by theshadow908)
Disturbia tells the story of a teenage boy named Kale who is sentenced to three months house arrest after punching a teacher in the face for making a comment about his recently deceased father. When his mother takes away his TV and his computer, he resorts to spying on the houses surrounding him. Things begin to get frightening when he begins to suspect one of his neighbours is a serial killer. He gets his friends involved with his impromptu investigation, and soon the neighbour realizes he's being watched...And he's not too happy about it. Disturbia is loosely based off the 1954 <more>
Alfred Hitchcock classic Rear Window, but it is still a film all in itself, and it is the best thriller I've seen in a while.What makes this movie better than most horror movies that are released today is that is doesn't rely on excessive gore and gross out tactics to frighten you. It relies on mood and suspense, and that works so much better. As the film went on, the tension got so high that I was literally on the edge of my seat rubbing my hands together because I was so anxious to see what was going to happen next. I actually felt the adrenaline rush that the characters in the film must have been feeling when they were snooping around in the neighbour's garage. The movie has a realistic feel of how creepy it would be to have a serial killer living across the street from you and you had no way to prove it. Everything in this movie is done well. The writing, the directing, the way it all pans out. I was actually shocked when I left the theatre over how good this movie really was.The acting was very good from everybody involved. Shia LaBeouf has come a long way from Even Stevens. Something tells me that he has a nice career ahead of him. David Morse is perfectly sinister as the neighbour. He's just one of those actors that you might not know who he is to hear his name, but he pops up here and there and you always say, "Cool, it's that guy." Overall, this was an amazing thriller, and I'm glad I went to see it because I really wasn't expecting that much. It leads me to wonder why Hollywood continues to pump out absolute garbage like the Saw trilogy, Hostel, and Dead Silence when they could be making movies like this instead.8/10
Disturbia is one of the best PG13 thrillers that I've seen in a long time. After all the other rated PG13 thrillers that have come out in the past six years or so, DJ Caruso, who directed, proves that it has always been possible to make a good suspenseful thriller these days without all the gore.Shia Labeouf plays Kale Brecht. After witnessing the death of his father in a car accident, he becomes sullen and withdrawn. This leads to him being put under house arrest after he punches out an unsympathetic teacher. Imprisoned in his own house, and unable to go beyond 100 yards, he finds <more>
himself turning into a peeping tom and spying on all the neighbors. One of them is the attractive new girl in town named Ashley Sarah Roemer and another may be a killer named Mr. Turner David Morse . With the help of the new girl Ashley, his friend Ronnie a great comedic turn by Aaron Yoo , Kale goes about investigating Mr. Turner to see if he is the killer or not. The three teenagers use cell phones and the internet as well as video cameras in the investigation, and DJ Caruso shows some of his sly wit by using these same devices in the film to not only investigate the spooky neighbor, but also to create some humor to go along with everything else.The plot is a familiar one. That would be because the great Alfred Hitchcock used it first with his famous suspense thriller Rear Window. Yes Disturbia is a blatant rip-off of that movie, but it is done with skill, and the acting by all, including Carrie Anne Moss as Kale's mother, was very good. All the characters are likable, and David Morse's turn as the creepy Mr. Turner was well done as well.Disturbia may not be a great movie, but it is definitely one of the best PG13 thrillers in years. It outshines such horror thrillers as Cursed and Pulse, as well as the recent horror thriller The Messengers. Disturbia also once again proves that you don't need a bunch of gore to make an effective horror thriller. Horror directors take note.