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RED EYE (2005) ** ½

Horror master Wes (A Nightmare on Elm Street) Craven sells out and makes a glossy Hollywood popcorn thriller with mixed results. Rachael (The Notebook) McAdams stars as a young hotel manager who strikes up a conversation in an airport with stranger Cillian (Batman Begins) Murphy. They have all the beginnings of a good friendship until after their plane takes off when he reveals his true intentions. He wants her help to assassinate a Homeland Security advisor (Jack Scalia) or else he will have her father (Brian Cox) killed. It has the makings of a potent thriller thanks to the stars chemistry and Craven’s tight direction but unfortunately it gets stupid fast as soon once they get off the plane. The ending involving a boat, a bazooka and last minute hotel reservations is ludicrous and the cat and mouse finale wouldn’t have cut it for Scream 4. Murphy’s slimy turn is the reason to watch it, though he sadly has little dialogue in the last third of the movie. It can’t hold a candle to old school Wes, but as a departure (no pun intended) for Craven; it’s a lot better than Music of the Heart.
Tags: craven, r, thriller
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