"Red Eye" (2005)
Genre: Action, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Wes Craven
Written By: Carl Ellsworth
Released: Sept 2nd, 2005
Runtime: 85 minutes
In the wake of her grandmother's funeral, hotel manager Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) is waiting to fly back home when she meets charming Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy) at check-in. She thinks it luck that they're seated together on the plane, but soon learns otherwise. Jackson hopes to assassinate the head of Homeland Security, but to do so, he needs Lisa to reassign the official's room number at her hotel. As insurance, Jackson has kidnapped Lisa's father (Brian Cox).
This came on the TV recently and I unintentionally ended up watching the entire thing. I got really sucked in. It starts off all very innocent (well, this in itself may add to audience’s suspicions) but then the mood shifted in the subtlest way possible and in doing so created chills stronger than any sudden explosion could have.
Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy are quite remarkable when you consider how small a space they are working with (a plane) and all the tension arises almost purely from their conversation…as well as the odd outburst of violence of course. The character build-up in the beginning was done quite effectively during the airport scenes I thought before the sh** began to hit the fan on the plane. This made the moment we realised Cillian Murphy’s character was going to be a baddy all the more chilling. The whole film was suspenseful and grabbing without let-up thereafter.
A thoroughly enjoyable thriller in every aspect. I recommend it 100%.