You know, I really didn’t have a problem with this movie. It starts off with pretty standard dialogue, but that didn’t bother me so much as I knew it was simply working to establish character. This is, of course, so that when a shift in character arrives later on it seems more surprising and threatening. The rest of the film wasn’t necessarily ground breaking, but it was surely entertaining.
Let me get to the heart of this review: Cillian Murphy. This guy is why I enjoyed Red Eye so much. He’s just downright creepy. His performance is very subtle, very reserved, and that makes him all the more villainous. I honestly think this fella has a tremendous career ahead of him. And, to be fair, the film’s other star, Rachel McAdams, held her own with Murphy and I believe she too is well on her way to having an esteemed career.
I hate to say this, it’s so insulting to the director, but for a Wes Craven film, this thing was top-notch. Craven is kind of hit or miss for me. On the one hand, he scared the crap out of me as a kid with A Nightmare on Elm Street. But, on the other, he also brought us A Vampire in Brooklyn. All that being said, thanks to Cillian Murphy and Rachel McAdams, Red Eye is quite an enjoyable, edge-of-the-seat thriller. I’d definitely recommend renting it.