Film Review – RED EYE (2005)

Red Eye (2005; USA; Technicolor; 85m) ∗∗½  d. Wes Craven; w. Carl Ellsworth, Dan Foos; ph. Robert D. Yeoman; m. Marco Beltrami.  Cast: Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox, Laura Johnson, Jayma Mays, Jack Scalia, Loren Lester, Angela Paton, Suzie Plakson, Dey Young, Max Kasch, Terry Press, Robert Pine, Carl Gilliard, Mary Kathleen Gordon. A woman is kidnapped by a stranger on a routine flight. Threatened by the potential murder of her father, she is pulled into a plot to assist her captor in offing a politician. Preposterous and unsubtle, it wastes some well-handled suspense sequences through the absurdity of the plot and cardboard characters. Those looking for a fun, unsophisticated thriller may find some reward through Craven’s genre experience and the conviction of the lead performers. [12]