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David Morse, Sarah Roemer, Carrie-Anne Moss
||It's meant for the
teens. Keep the little ones at home.
||Only if she likes
||Just running and
||There are some
||When Kale gets
back at his "ding-dong-ditch" hooligans.
||D. J. Caruso
||Jackie Marcus, Joe Medjuck,
E. Bennett Walsh
All I have to say is "Damn you filmmakers! Damn you for
taking a movie that had potential if it were rated ĎR,í and
taking out all of the Ďwhat would have been great stuffí out
so that it ended up PG-13." Such is my end take on "Disturbia."
A Movie Review
"Disturbia" gives us Shia LeBeouf as Kale. He seems to be
a good kid and actually prefers to go fishing with his dad
rather than hanging with his friends. Sadly dad ends up dead
and Kale is screwed up. After punching his Spanish teacher
(who so deserved to get punched), Kale finds himself under
house arrest, with an ankle bracelet, and mom (Carrie-Anne
Moss) further punishes him by canceling both his X-Box and
iTunes subscriptions. Tired of gluing Twinkies together,
Kale starts spying on the neighbors, especially the new
neighbor-girl Ashley (Sarah Romer).
But strange things are afoot in Disturbia Lane, namely
there might be a serial killer living in the neighborhood
and after Kaleís buddy Ronnie (Aaron Yoo) and Ashley come on
board, itís time for our young sleuths to investigate. But
the might-be killer, Mr. Turner (David Morse in super,
creepy form) is on to our meddling kids, and subtly at
times, but not-so-subtly at other times, lets the would-be
detectives know that he knows that that are watching him,
and that they should know that he is watching them.
So, yea, a couple of times Kale goes outside the
confinements of his house arrest and the cops come, and they
even almost go along with his story about his neighbor being
a killer, but of course there is something else dead in the
bloody tarp, and Mr. Turner is free for a little while
Can Kale save Ashley and Ronnie and Mom? Of course he
can. What kind of uplifting movie would this be if he
didnít? But itís not really meant to be an uplifting movie,
itís supposed to be a thriller, and I suppose, in the end,
itís not bad, as long as you suspend a little disbelief of
Look, the trailers pretty much give a lot of this movie
away and thatís too bad. We know Kale goes outside of his
"safe" zone. We know the new girl next door plays with his
affections. We know the neighbor is creepy and a killer. And
since "Disturbia" isnít rated "R" it is easy to guess that
things will end up happy, that Ashley wonít get naked
(though she is hot in her bathing suit), and that the
murdering and slashing will be boring.
Now that previous paragraph isnít meant to say the movie
sucks, because I actually liked "Disturbia" once things got
rolling. The problem I really had with the movie was it took
too long to get there. We get the extended set-up that Kale
is a mixed-up kid: Got it. We get the extended set-up that
the hot, new girl moves in and that Kale likes her: Got it.
We get the extended set-up that Kale starts spying on the
neighborhood: Got it. And it all takes a little too long
until creepy neighbor dude is forced to play his hand, and
Kale saves the day. Again, got it.
"Disturbia" probably wonít do much for you if you are an
adult because this movie has been PG-13íd down for the,
well, PG-13 crowd. With some easy tweaks this could have
really been a movie that played for everyone, but since I
havenít grown up, well, I guess I still liked it. Itís 3
stars out of 5, but "Disturbia" could have been a 5 star
thriller if they didnít make it for the teen folks.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!