johnlink ranks RED EYE (2005)

My night last night went like this… at midnight I decided to watch a movie. I figured I could watch something up to three hours. After twenty minutes of indecision, I began to think about the ranking system. I decided that I had only watched one movie this year, and that it would be a good time to rekindle the thing. SO I came back and wrote the rankings post, as well as the SILENT HILL post. Then I went back to pick a movie. Now it was more like 1 AM. I figured I could watch a two hour movie. After twenty minutes more of indecision, I decided I needed to find something shorter. I decided to watch RED EYE because it comes in at an economical 85 minutes. Sometimes, this is how decisions are made.

Anyway, on with the show…

Briefly, RED EYE is the story of a Lisa (Rachel McAdams) who is quietly held hostage on a plane by Jackson, the guy in the seat next to her (Cillian Murphy). He wants to kill someone she has access to. She can’t really say no, because he has someone holding her father hostage as well.

I watched RED EYE (2005) on 1.5.09. It was my third viewing of the film.

NOTE: THIS RANKING UTILIZES THIS SITE’S ORIGINAL SYSTEMIC ARTICLE WRITING METHOD. THE METHOD BY WHICH THE RANKINGS WERE ARRIVED AT, HOWEVER, REMAINS THE SAME.

FILM

Not too much groundbreaking stuff here. It’s nice to see Wes Craven doing something suspense without any horror elements. He does get to direct one of his vintage killer-in-the-house-with-a-girl-scenes. Thematically, the film is pretty cut-and-dried. SCORE: A nice average 5.

MOVIE

The suspense holds up nicely, even after repeat viewings. Enough creativity in the plot on the plane keeps it from getting old, and because it comes in at that nice, tight, 85 minutes, we get in and out of the story quickly. Too many small stories try to ramp themselves up to two hour films when it is not needed. SCORE: 8.

ACTING

Better than you’d think in a movie like this. I’ve always like Rachel McAdams, and Cillian Murphy is good at cold and heartless. They quickly establish a nice chemistry in the first act, making the act two twist a nice betrayal. Nothing earth shattering in the acting field, but effective for a suspense film. SCORE: 6.

WRITING

Big cell phone gaffe at the end. In what airport can you not get service? But whatever. Most of the script is well constructed. Things are set up in the first act which come to have weight in the second and third. The outcome is predictable, sure, but the events that lead up to it often come off surprisingly. SCORE: 5

TOTAL SCORE:

FILM: 5; MOVIE: 8: ACTING: 6; WRITING: 5 BONUS: 0

TALLY: 24

FINAL SCORE: 6

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~ by johnlink00 on January 5, 2009.

One Response to “johnlink ranks RED EYE (2005)”

  1. You need to check your math 🙂

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