(PG-13) 1.5 StarsMatthew Socey
Lisa (Rachel McAdams) and Jackson (Cillian Murphy) Meet Cute in line at an airport during a flight delay. They Meet Cute again at an airport bar. They Meet Cute inside the airplane, sitting next to each other. Meet Cute turns into Meet Creepy as a plot unfolds involving the hotel Lisa works at, an assassination attempt and the fate of Lisa's dad (the always reliable Brian Cox). That's all of the plot that I would like to reveal. Cillian Murphy and Rachel McAdams
Red Eye starts out as a tight, well-done B-movie. The claustrophobic feel inside the plane is well-shot. The continuous close-ups help keep the film tense. The film fortunately clocks in under 90 minutes. There are also good performances by the two leads. McAdams has been on a hot streak of hit films lately (Mean Girls, The Notebook, The Wedding Crashers) and has been showing promise as a young leading lady. Murphy (28 Days Later), who had no pulse or presence in Batman Begins as The Scarecrow, oozes menace.
Once the film leaves the plane, it turns into yet another Big Dumb Thriller. Logic is pissed away for the sake of cheap thrills. You can fault Carl Ellsworth's film script debut and Wes Craven wanting to remind us he directed the Scream franchise and is running it into the ground. Seeing McAdams running and hiding reminds us that 10 years ago this film would have starred Neve Campbell and Skeet Ulrich. It's an ending that almost wrecks the entire film experience.
File Red Eye at the video store under When Bad Endings Happen To Good Films (The Last Samurai for example). It's a shame because the first hour is pretty good.