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Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 08/07/2007 Run time: 104 minutes Rating: Pg13
Alfred Hitchcock fans may experience d¨¦j¨¤ vu upon exposure to this voyeuristic thriller. That's because director DJ Caruso (The Salton Sea) and co-writer Carl Ellsworth (Red Eye) use Rear Window as a jumping-off point before cherry-picking from more recent scare fare, like The Blair Witch Project. In the prologue, 17-year-old Kale (Shia LaBeouf, Holes) loses his beloved father to a car crash. A year passes, and he's still on edge. When a teacher makes a careless remark about his dad, Kale punches him out, and is sentenced to house arrest. After his mom (Carrie-Anne Moss, Memento) takes away his Xbox and iTunes privileges, the suburban slacker spies on his neighbors to pass the time. In the process, he develops a crush on Ashley (Sarah Roemer, The Grudge 2), the hot girl next door, and becomes convinced that another, the soft-spoken Mr. Turner (David Morse, The Green Mile), is a serial killer. With the help of the flirtatious Ashley, practical joke-playing pal Ronnie (Aaron Yoo), and an array of high-tech gadgets, like cell-phone cameras and digital camcorders, Kale sets out to solve a major case without leaving his yard (a feat that would prove more challenging for a less affluent sleuth). In the end, it's pretty familiar stuff, but there are plenty of scares once Turner realizes he's being watched, and rising star LaBeouf, who next appears in Michael Bay's Transformers, makes for an engaging leading man--despite his character's propensity for slugging Spanish instructors. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Why We Love Shia LaBeouf
- Love this remake
I'm usually not a huge fan of remakes, but I love this twist on Rear Window. There are so many crappy horror/thriller movies being made these days that I was really suprised and pleased with how good this was....more info
- Disturbia...Great Flick!
I bougght this movie because I've seen it once, and just HAD to have it for my collection. I got it for a really decent price, and the shipping wasn't bad either. I reccommend this dvd to anyone...All ages. Check it out!!...more info
- Disturbed That I Watched It
If silliness is your cup of tea, may I heartily recommend DISTURBIA? The premise is simple enough: A distraught teen upset over the tragic death of his father (Shia LaBeouf, isn't your 15 minutes about up?) gets a summer-long sentence of house arrest for slugging a snooty teacher (who had it coming, if you ask me). Confined to his house, and with nothing better to do, he decides to pass the time of day spying on his neighbors--particularly the silent, brooding neighbor next door (David Morse).
Does anyone ever bother to wonder how this teen has more high-tech equipment, cameras, handhelds, and gadgets than the FBI? Setting that aside, once the LaBeouf character and his pals (Sarah Roemer and Aaron Yoo) push the brooding neighbor too far, this movie dissolves into nonstop nonsense (dungeons, secret rooms, floating body parts, for goodness sake). The ending is predictable, but not what I would have wanted for DISTURBIA. The teens were so obnoxious and overbearing I was cheering for the bad guy to catch them.
--D. Mikels, Author, The Reckoning...more info
- The writers should be charged with theft
I sort of liked this movie - a high school teen version of Rear Window. It's no classic but a good B movie.
What irritated me, though, is the blatant plot theft perpetrated by the writers of this movie. They ripped off a little known made-for-tv movie called The Darklings. I understand being influenced or inspired by another movie or director, but come on. It's so similar that Disturbia should have been called The Darklings and touted as a remake.
The writer of The Darklings should sue. ...more info
- (3.5 STARS) Entertaining Teenage Verison of "Rear Window"
A troubled teenage boy Kale is under house arrest after hitting a teacher at school. He has to stay in his own house with a special device attached to his leg when Kale discovers that he may or may not be living next door to a notorious serial killer. But how can he prove it when his mother wouldn't listen and the police are unsympathetic? He can trust only his best friend Ronnie and a new girl (and love interest) Ashley.
You will find the basic situation of "Disturbia" is too similar to that of "Rear Window," in which James Stewart's hero is trapped in his room because of his broken leg, but that doesn't mean that "Disturbia" is a worthless clone of Hitchcock's masterpiece. Well, you may call it a rip-off, but "Disturbia" succeeds as thriller (not completely though) and it also has some really funny moments. The main characters, three teenagers in particular, are memorable, thanks to the fine acting from the stars Shia LaBeouf, Sarah Roemer and Aaron Yoo. If you say Shia LaBeouf is on his way to be a big star, yes, I think so too. The film is also shot with stylish camera, but not in the showy way.
Sadly, like Director D. J. Caruso's previous films, "Disturbia" loses its narrative power in the final chapter where things happen in a more conventional way. Another disappointment for me is Carrie-Anne Moss, whose character as Kale's mother becomes a cipher in the film's second half. And at some point some characters behave in a too incredible way - David Morse's character, I think, talks too much - but maybe you find it differently. Please see it for yourself.
"Disturbia" may not be a great thriller, but it is still more entertaining than many of its ilk. ...more info
- Have you ever wondered...
Have you ever wondered what a boring hollow version of Rear Window would be like? Well you needn't wonder any longer because this movie is just that.
If you value your time & money, you will stay away ye fool.
- When the Average Imitates the Masterful - Disturbia ensues
Disturbia begins with a sequence of pure exposition built on the classic father/son bonding experience of fly fishing. The set-up seems a little overdone with the coming-of-age Kale Brecht receiving fatherly wisdom in the serenity of a mountain stream.
The moment, predictably, is not to last, and after a bad accident we flash forward one year to find that Kale Brecht is a lousy student with emotional problems, who earns himself a summer of house arrest after lashing out at one of his teachers.
When Kale's unsympathetic Mom (played by Carrie-Anne Moss) orders him to clean his room (after killing his TV and shutting down his iTunes and Xbox 360), Kale becomes desperate for external stimuli, and begins his metamorphosis into a teenage voyeur. He points cameras and binoculars all over the neighborhood, and soon knows quite a bit more than he probably should about his neighbors.
His spying quickly leads him to the discovery of a gorgeous girl next door named Ashley, who spends a lot of time swimming and lounging about in skimpy outfits, much to the delight of Kale. As a bonus, she isn't at all creeped out by Kale apparently spying on her, or the fact that he has obviously had a bit of a run-in with the law.
Ashley and Kale become friends, and joined by Kale's horny tagalong Ronnie, the trio soon begins to suspect their neighbor Robert Turner (played by the always-creepy David Morse) in connection with a crime that's reported on the local TV news. Turner's car matches an eyewitness description, and Kale sees him dragging a suspicious package into his garage.
A cat-and-mouse game transpires with the characters trying to discover information about the alleged killer, while the movie clumsily reminds us of Kale's limiting predicament.
The movie is obviously inspired to a large degree by Rear Window, and its imitation is unapologetic at times. However, where Hitchcock's classic made the characters resolve the situation within the strong confines of the film's initial premise, Disturbia eventually abandons it in favor of an awkward search-and-rescue mission involving Kale and his mother that feels tacked on and out-of-place.
Despite the movie's primary flaws (It's too predictable, it lacks any real chills or scares, and the romantic relationship between Kale and Ashley is wholly unconvincing), Disturbia still does a decent job of keeping the film from becoming too much of a Rear Window rip-off, all the while updating it for today's younger viewer.
For those who haven't seen Rear Window, this movie may even come across as better than it actually is. For those who've seen and admired the Hitchcock classic, however, it is barely any more than a pale imitation.
- I think I'm done
If this is the state that modern "culture" is in, we are all in BIG trouble. You see, in the past, there were shallow idiots... but they were not glorified and pandered to. I must tell you in the strictest confidence that I would willingly flog within an inch of his/her life everybody involved in the making of this thing. For this and only this is what they deserve. Shame on you for not attempting to edify the rising generations of morons. Shame! ...more info
- Too many endorsements leaves an average plot with some poor acting
Wow, so there is no doubt that many shia lebouf fans will probably respond to this review with some sort of attempt at being snappy to try and make it seem like what i'm going to say is flawed. I dont particularly care.
This story had potential!
In the classic sense of a hitchcock thrillers, this movie would have done so much better if they didnt try and fit as many branded products into the movie so that the studio wouldnt have to put a dime in. A real shame since so many great movies now give up a lot for the sake of product placement in the movie.
What product placement you say? How about our hero lebouf in question is sitting at home eating smuckers and twinkies while playing his xbox 360 and swilling cans of red bull while he stocks his ipod with "60 gb of his life" while filming his neighbour serenade his mum with a panasonic camera in his mustang which was dented but suddenly its not when all the while he cant help but perv on his neighbour who drives her father's BMW X5 chatting to her friends on her nokia while his strange but quirky asian friend (note: they had to have an asian kid in it! how else will you represent a minority in a movie full of gadgets? Blacks and Mexicans, it seems, wouldnt fit) with HIS nokia phone multi tasking and his cRaZy hair do playing his PSP drinking red bull too eating dominos who winds up breaking into a lexus and walking around with a little slugger baseball bat to help save the day while helping to spy on his friends neighbour with some cool branded binoculars.
I mean this is how much the movie sold itself out: the final line of the movie is our hero lebouf and his love interest, making out while his friend is filming them who then turns around and says "This is so going on youtube"... and they just continue as if he's not there?!
WOW. What a meaningful and appropriate line for this two hour advertisment! What a creepy way to end it too, as if the movie director didnt see the point in showing that despite vouyerism got everyone into this whole mess, "its still ok to do so cause we have to work on theme a bit LOL".
What a waste of time, and there I was thinking how awesome would it be if Labeouf made this whole story up in his head, became the actual stalker and wound up killing his neighbour, the girl he likes and then bricks on his friends chest while they serenade each other over how stupid they thought the audience and Labeoufs neighbours were. Thats about all that would have excused this movie from being one big advert and would have had a standing applause from me.
Ignore this movie, go spend your money on something like an original hitchcock movie, there are no product endorsements and there is actually focus on the acting! ...more info
When his father is killed in a road accident, Kale Brecht goes off the rails and winds up under house arrest for punching out his Spanish teacher. When his Mom Julie initiates a disciplinary programme of no X-Box, no iTunes and no TV, Kale takes to spying on his neighbours for amusement. Enter new neighbour family the Carlsons and their pretty daughter Ashley, who, drawn to Kale, begins to investigate the possibly murderous goings-on of neighbour Robert Turner.
Shia LaBeouf and David Morse give great performances as Kale and Robert respectively: LeBeouf in particular is one of the better young actors working in mainstream movies today. Morse's is-he-or-isn't-he-crazy neighbour is most effective, and the pair create believable, watchable characters. The rest of the cast is reduced either to mere cameos (Carrie-Anne Moss, Viola Davis), or becomes another forgettable teen face in a forgettable teen movie (Sarah Roemer, Aaron Yoo).
The script is very very bland.
Directed with great style by mostly-TV's D.J. Caruso, "Disturbia" starts off well, with fluid storytelling and a nice tension to the opening scenes. It's got some nice sequences in the middle, too, when Kale, Ashley and Kale's buddy Ronnie are spying on Turner. And the ending is well-made with some pretty believable tension.
Sadly, the rest of this 105 minute movie is mere filler for comparatively few scenes of interest, and it's difficult to force one's eyes open while Angry McTeenager is trying to seduce Generic Sunkissed Girl, or larking about with his very own Ronald Weasley-style sidekick. "Disturbia" is billed as a teenage "Rear Window": teenagers would be better off with the original. This movie, well-directed as it is, is massively boring when the action cools down: sadly, this accounts for most of the scenes in "Disturbia".
Don't buy the DVD: this won't need to be watched twice. Catch it on TV where, if you're lucky, there'll be plenty of commercial breaks to add some much-needed variety to this mostly boring film....more info
- Don't punch your Spanish teacher
For me, the first 90% of this film is very enjoyable. The last 10%, with the secret room, the dungeon, the body-pool seemed like they belonged in a slasher-type film, not this one. A bad detour on what had been so far a good Hitchcockian ride. Sad when such a well made, acted and shot film goes the way of a cheapo teenage film at the end....more info
- Thriller for teenagers
If you are looking for a light thriller, this one is the film for you. A troubled young man gets confined to house arrest. When his mother suspends his e-mail account, x-Box video games and other communication toys he takes for granted, he has nothing left but to observe his neighbours in order to avoid his boredom. With comical best buddy scenes and sexy girl next door, he has to find ways to keep them coming back so he is not too lonely in his confinement during hot summer days. As luck has it, his neighbor next doo turns out to be a serial killer, so the game of the cat and mouse starts. All ends well when cops close their murder case(s) and our young lad finally gets off for "good behavior". This is no "Silence of the Lambs" but it will keep you entertained. Lots of funny moments in this film despite the fact that this is a thriller. It is definitely geared towards younger audiences....more info
- I loved this movie
If you go into this expecting a slasher film with lots of gore you will be let down. There is something for everyone in this film from heart racing scenes to a little romance and some good laughs. Shia LaBeouf delivers a great performance (as he always does) but manages not to outshine the other very talented cast members. If you aren't a horror movie fan (like me) you will enjoy this film. I didn't see it in the theaters and refused to watch it at first but after watching it once I couldn't stop. This movie (in my book) is a must have!...more info
- Unintensionally funny: peeping is a danger
In places I don't think it wants to be funny, this movie is.
It is almost a spoof of other paranoid classics
where people imagine stuff about their neighbors
and it turns out to be true
in some strange way.
A "designed" teenage "so modern" movie as well,
with cell phones and gadgets galore.
The teen female lead Sarah Roemer is the best part of the movie:
the two adult actors should have known better,
but I guess it is a pay check?
One gag hits home : a burning bag of s**t. ...more info
- Not your average teen flick
Disturbia is one of those rare suspense movies that I actually enjoyed. I am not one who typically likes Teenager movies, although this year has been the exception. First the Invisible, and now this one.
In essence, it's a remake of an old classic Alfred Hitchcock movie, called the Rear Window.
Both movies have several themes in common - someone essentially trapped inside their home due to circumstances, and out of boredom they begin to spy on their neighbours.
Growing up is difficult for everyone. I remember how tough my teenage years were. You've got pressure from your family to do well in school (that is, if you have a family that cares), you have to deal with peer pressure, bullies, and of course the worst part of growing up - raging hormones.
To make things even worse, throw a tragic loss into the mix and it is nothing more than a recipe for disaster.
That's what happened to the Kale Brecht (portrayed by Shia LaBeouf). In high school when he loses his father right before his eyes in a tragic car accident, he ends up retreating into himself.
His marks in school suffer and after his Spanish Teacher ends up making a comment about his father, he loses his temper and hits the teacher.
That ends up leading to him being charged for assault and placed under 3 months house arrest.
Now, as a parent of a teenager myself, I know how tough things are. The hormones are especially difficult to deal with, and they turn even your best child into a rebellious monster.
Well, not monster, but you get the picture.
I know that when my kid disobeys, I punish him by taking away his privileges. And that's exactly what happened to Kale. His mother (portrayed by Carrie-Anne Moss) cuts off his I-tunes and Xbox live.
And to make a point, she even cut the power cord to his television. Thus increasing the tension between the two of them.
So, boredom sets in and he begins to spy on the neighbours in order to keep himself from going crazy. In a few short weeks he discovers how interesting his neighbours are - trouble makers, obsessive compulsives, even infidelity!
Now, the movie is quite entertaining, with several scenes of laugh out loud humour, and even a little bit of sensuality when new neighbours move in and Kale notices the beautiful and very well built daughter. She does spend a lot of time lounging in the pool, after all.
The suspense begins to build after Kale listens to reports about missing girls and suspects it's because of his one neighbour, after realizing that the car he drives matches the description of the vehicle last seen with one of the victims.
With the help of his best friend Ron and the lovely girl from next door, he ends up setting of a chain of events that culminates in one very intense confrontation.
Oh, and his friend Ron pulls off one hell of a practical joke - something that I'd love to do myself!
So, as a teenage flick goes, I enjoyed it and found it to be worth seeing.
I also took the time to watch several of the bonus features that were included on the disk. It had your typical deleted scenes, of which none really helped progress the plot, so I can see why they ended up on the cutting room floor.
I did enjoy the outtakes, the second one in particular. I was disappointed though that the Serial Pursuit trivia pop up game didn't work on my disk. It kept brining me back to the main menu.
The music video for the song `Don't make me wait' by This World Fair was ok.
Speaking of music, I didn't really care for the soundtrack. Hey, I'm more of a heavy rocker than pop, and the music didn't really catch my interest. But as I've stated many times in the past - this is strictly my opinion, and no one else's.
The DVD is worth checking out.
4 out of 5
- Bored in the burbs
A young guy gets sentenced to house arrest, so out of boredom he starts watching his neighbors. he suspects one of them is a serial killer and tries to get him arrested but nobody believes him. It's okay, but the allegded serial killer doesn't have a big enough part therefore there isn't that much fear and tension throughout the film....more info
- A slowly-protruding thriller that should not be missed.
Shia LeBeouf is outstanding in this movie. Besides being an eye-catcher to the ladies, he actually shows good emotion throughout, the key scene being the car crash.
He's on house arrest for punching out a totally disrespectful teacher who stepped out of line. Instead of doing anything productive, he plays army games online with the headset and all, mimicking one of the many interests of my eldest brother, eating so unhealthily and trying oh so hard to stay out of trouble while unable to do anything at all.
The neighborhood he happens to live in is anything but boring. There's a cheating spouse over yonder, a hot new neighborhood girl next door (Ashley) and a possible killer across the street who mows his lawn all too often.
It's a suspenseful thriller at heart but you really wouldn't know that unless you looked at your guide or heard about it previously to watching the film. The actual action slowly, slowly comes about. But it's all worth it in the end.
Without destroying the major highlights of this movie I will say that this movie takes many turns; some that you will predict easily and some that will leave you speechless. There were only a few moments where I wasn't that interested in the movie and I still don't understand the "low" rating here.
In fact, I liked the movie so much, especially by the ending that I will refuse to look at a lot of negative reviews here. I usually look at both, tend to check out the 3's and 2's first but won't do so for this one.
It is what it is and I found that interesting. The characters were well-rounded, the questions I had throughout the movie were answered (minus maybe one) and the acting was more than decent.
Worth your time and recommended.
End note: Ashley playing hard to get was one of the most awesome personal parts in the movie. What Shia admits to her on the roof when she holds his Ipod was the true highlight in this aspect as well as one of the highlights of the movie period.
The alternative music that Shia jammed to in this film was pretty good. I didn't actually know any of the artists because I tend to listen to poppier rock but one of the bands sounded like something my cousin would listen to.
End note: Watch it!!...more info
- never spy on your neighbors
Disturbia is a really good suspense movie. It's about a teenager who is under house arrest for punching his teacher in the face. While in his home all day, he has nothing to do but start a hobby where he spies on his neighbors all day. This turns out to be both good AND bad. Good in that, his new neighbor turns out to be an attractive female around his age, and he develops a relationship with her as the story goes along. Bad in that, you guessed it, one of the neighbors is a killer.
Throughout the movie you're left guessing whether this supposed killer is actually doing any killing, or whether the teenager is just imagining all the things he believes he sees. There's also some humor thrown into the mix, but it never occurs during any inappropriate moments- the suspense parts are definitely believable and it's overall a good movie that kept my interest. Are there better suspense movies out there? Absolutely. But I enjoyed this one....more info
- THE MOST AWESOME HORROR MOVIE YET!!
THIS MOVIE WAS ONE OF THE MOST SCAREST MOVIE I EVER SEEN BEFORE !!IT WAS ABOUT IS A A BOY WHO GETS ON HOUSE ARREST AFTER HE PUSHS HIS TEACHER IN THE FACE AT SCHOOL.HE FINDS HISSELF SO BORED THAT HE DECIDES TO WATCH HIS NEIGHBORS.WHILE HE WATCHS HIS NEIGHBORS AND HE SEES A NEW NEIGHBOR THAT HE FINDS ATTRACTIVE.LATER SHE FINDS OUT THAT HE IS WATCHING HER SO SHE COMES OVER.THEY START TALKING AND BOTH OF THEM WATCH THE NEIGHBORS.ONE DAY HE AND THE GIRL SEES THE VEHICLE THAT WAS SAID TO BE MISSING FOR A GIRL WHO WAS MISSING. THE NEIGHBOR SEEMS TO BE CONSTANTLY DOING WEIRD THINGS AND WOMEN ENTER BUT NEVER SEEM TO LEAVE.LATER THE NEIGHBOR FINDS OUT THAT THE GIRL AND GUY IS WATCHING HIM AND KNOWS HIS SECRET. SO THE GIRL AND GUY SECRETLY GOES TO THE NEIGHBORS HOUSE AND FINDS SOMETHING THEY THOUGHT WAS A BODY BUT REALLY WAS A DEAD DEER AND THE POLICE COMES BECAUSE THE GUY'S HOUSE ARREST DETECTOR WENT OFF SO THEY DON'T BELIEVE HIM AND LEAVE.THEY DECIDE TO TRY AGAIN AND THIS TIME THEY FOUND DEAD FEMALE BODIES SECRETLY HIDDEN.HE COMES HOME AND THEY CALL THE POLICE AND HE GETS ARRESTED AFTER TRYING TO KILL THE GIRL AND BOY.I'M SURE YOU WILL ENJOY THIS MOVIE!!I SURE DID!!I NEVER SCREAMED AT ANY OTHER HORROR MOVIE LIKE I DID FOR THIS ONE!!THEY WERE SOME GREAT ACTORS!!...more info
I am not normally into this kind of movie, but I bought it as a gift for a friend who loves Alfred Hitchcock and all sorts of horror/suspense movies. He said that it is the closest thing to an Alfred Hitchcock movie he has seen in a long time. Very creative and suspenseful!...more info
- Nothing disturbing here... Move on!
You can enjoy this movie if you're a 10 year old but since this is PG-13, it's not for those audiences. Gave it 2 stars because it's mildly funny but otherwise nothing interesting or suspenseful. Just the regular serial killer next door wrapped around a lame screenplay!...more info
- A Lot Better Than You'd Expect
Newer horror films are a seemingly endless string of cliches nowadays. They all follow the same pattern involving silent (or wise-cracking) serial killers and stupid (potentially naked) teenagers.Well, "Disturbia" departs from that and delivers a funny, suspenceful, exciting, and very entertaining movie that defies typical convention. I want to call it original, but seeing as how it's an update of Hitchcock's "Rear Window" and the subject of voyeurism has been quite common in movies since Michael Powell's "Peeping Tom." Despite these factors, "Disturbia" is very original when compared to the pile of crap that's been spewed out by studios for the last 10+ years. Shia LeBeouf (whom I remember from the Disney channel series "Even Stevens") turns in a terrific performance as Kale, who early on in the film loses his father in a car accident. Now, he's going down a wrong path and, pretty soon, is sentenced to 3-months house arrest for assaulting his teacher. With his X-Box Live cut off and his Itunes account gone, Kale resorts to watching his neighbors...He slowly begins picking up on suburban affairs, including sexual affairs across the street and his beautiful new neighbor (Sarah Roemer) next door. But the other next door neighbor is beginning to scare him. The man, Mr. Turner (a delightfully sinister David Morse) catches Kale's attention and Kale is soon convinced that the man is a serial killer. With his friend Ronny and the aforemention hottie neighbor (Ashley), he begins staking out the man as his evidence mounts. For a movie in which the outcome is known from almost the beginning, it's amazing how suspenseful this film is. It's entertaining from the get-go, even before the serial killer aspect turns up. The movie portrays a different kind of teenager than we see in modern movies now. Kale is not stupid, he's got raging hormones (which, without them, these teenage movies would be unbelievable) and an obsession with junk food and video games...But he's not the typical mindless stoner teenager we see in all these movies. The neighbor, Ashley, is beautiful...But she's not bitchy or stupid. There are scenes in which she seems to have a rather overly slutty mentality, but she's overall a good love interest. LeBeouf is turning up in movies all over the place now, but this film really gives him some merit. He's very funny, but also very believable and proves that he can actually act. Who would've thought that a movie (cleverly) titled "Disturbia" would be a showcase for young acting talent. David Morse is terrific, being charming and extremely sinister while never sleepwalkig through the film as he has in others (Morse fans, don't get mad...He's a terrific actor, all actors tend to sleepwalk through a movie at some point). Carrie-Anne Moss turns in some really good supporting work as Kale's mother and the solid script and directing all equal a terrific movie. I've enjoyed this movie more than most films I've enjoyed this year; Don't look for it on any top 10 lists and don't expect its name to pop up on any Oscar telecasts, but this is one of the most entertaining movies I've seen this year. Who knows how it will go during a 2nd viewing, but the first one was terrific and I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this movie.
- My favorite movie of 2007
I walked into the theater never having heard of Disturbia...My friend wanted to see it though so I went along. 10 minutes into the movie I could already tell I was going to buy this movie on DVD. Shia LaBeouf and David Morse are awesome!! This movie turned me into an instant Shia fan. I like how its not all scary there are some really funny parts also. ...more info
- DISTURBIA IN SUBURBIA!
'Disturbia' is one of the those films that has that "seen it all before" feel to it. It does have a few thrills along with a good cast, but on the down side some of the characters do some really stupid things. Normally I can overlook some of this, but when it effects the authenticity of the story, it hurts the overall experience. It's worth a look but, rent it before you buy it. ...more info
- A POLISHED TURD
This is just another piece of glamorized, over produced,Hollywood garbage. Uninteresting & boring. I give it 1 star for the T&A. ...more info
- This one's a stinker.
Good grief, what an awful movie. After seeing the mess that was Transformers, I went into this movie merely hoping Shia wouldn't let me down again. Honestly, that was the only expectation I wanted fulfilled. Not that I think this kid's a bad actor or anything, but his character, Kale, is exactly like Spike from Transformers: a rude, disgusting, horny prick who frankly deserved to be knifed by the end of this flick.
I find it amazing that we're supposed to believe Kale's been constantly suffering after a tragedy early on in the movie, but by the very end, it's like nothing's happened to him at all! This movie is filled will holes and scenes that ultimately add nothing to the plot. My biggest gripe: Haven't ANY of these characters heard of 9-1-1? Everyone has a cell phone that practically lives on them like a symbiotic parasite, but suddenly nobody can call the police. Gimmee a break. And I have a hard time believing the tech-savvy Kale in the film wouldn't have had the entire incriminating video of the killer on YouTube by the time the badguy made it to his front door. I try to check believability at the door, but Disturbia pushed and pushed until it broke at the scene where the girl very obviously follows the killer and we're actually supposed to believe he doesn't see her snapping photos of him at the hardware store. (As if a killer like that wouldn't already own a shovel. Why would he need to buy one right after the murder? Ridiculous.)
Unless you reeeaaally like Shia, skip this turkey and go with Rear Window instead....more info
Not as disturbing as I'd hoped. The plotline is predictable and it isn't as thrilling or frightening as you'd like. Despite this flaw, there isn't a boring moment in the movie which is a huge credit to the director and the actors. It kept me watching. One of the best parts of the movie was the discovery of the young actor, Shia LeBeouf (impossible to spell!). I remember him in very small roles in big movies but he did amazingly well playing the male lead of the movie. Definitely an actor to watch out for. ...more info
- Forgettable yet entertaining...
Shia LaBeouf is the new `it-boy' in Hollywood I presume. First we have `Disturbia', the `Transformers' and soon the new `Indy' flick. In `Disturbia' he takes on the teen-horror flick and does so well enough. `Disturbia' is not brilliant, and it is nothing new, but thanks to some well placed intensity it does serve it's purpose in getting under our skin.
Kale Brecht is a tad bit troubled after losing his father to a devastating car accident. His bottled rage leads him to slugging out his Spanish teacher and lands him under house-arrest. With a lot of spare time on his hands Kale finds himself spying on the neighbors. There's the little boys across the street that watch adult movies while their mother isn't around. There's the hot young thing across the street named Ashley. And then there's the creepy next door neighbor, Robert Turner (not to be mistaken for Robbie Turner, the doomed hero from `Atonement'), who may or may not be a crazed serial killer from Texas.
Following the formula of obvious inspiration `Rear Window' yet incorporating a whole vast array of new age gadgets and tricks, `Disturbia' manages to become its own little movie instead of a tired copycat.
Shia LeBeouf is believable here as the hero. His teenage curiosity and immature approach is realistic and engaging. Sarah Roemer is so-so at best as his love interest Ashley. She's pretty, I'll give her that, but she's not too impressive on the acting side of it all. Aaron Yoo, the sidekick best friend, is funny and entertaining. The real star though is David Morse who is just brilliantly on point as the creepy next door neighbor. He's always a brilliant villain and here he doesn't disappoint. I really wish he would get some high profile gigs. Carrie-Anne Moss is a little lost here (the script has no use for her until the very end) but that doesn't mean she doesn't try.
In the end `Disturbia' comes off a little `Rear Window', a little `Domestic Disturbance', maybe even a little `The Cell' (it's all in the ending) but it's all its own movie. It's not the most memorable thriller fare to come around but it's fun and entertaining and worth a go. ...more info
- A murderer next door
Kale Brecht is an angry teen with plenty of reasons for melancholy. He witnessed his father's tragic death in a car accident in which he was the passenger. Blaming himself, he has a very rough year involving several run-ins with the law. In a fit of rage, Kale, played by Shia LaBeouf (Transformers, Indiana Jones 4), sucker punches his Spanish teacher in class. His surprisingly lenient sentence is three months house arrest, given only because he has not yet turned eighteen.
The crux of Disturbia (Full Screen Edition) is what the main characer does to fill his time. While his friends are partying in Hawaii for the summer, Kale quietly observes the neighborhood through binoculars and fancy camera equipment. Mostly he watches an attractive new neighbor (Sarah Roemer) whose only outfit seems to be a very tight, pink two-piece bikini. But after weeks of watching the neighbors go about their business, Kale notices certain patterns. He knows that when the middle-aged woman next door goes to tennis practice, her husband gets touchy with the maid. He knows when the shut-in mows his lawn. And he notices an older man with a suspicious vehicle and an affinity for scantily-clad young women, one of whom never leaves his house after a one-night-stand.
The trouble with being on house arrest is your credibility is shot. His mother, friends and even the police do not believe him when he warns about the secretive neighbor. The welcome climax comes after mmuch prolonged suspense. Certainly the premise is Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window but there is some of Saw, The Silence of the Lambs (Widescreen Special Edition) and even I Know What You Did Last Summer. There is a strong cast around Shia LaBeouf, including Aaron Yoo, David Morse and Carrie-Ann Moss. Disturbia (Widescreen Edition) is a surprisingly good film destined for blockbuster nights everyone....more info
- A god movie for a NOOB to the horror movie business
ok. We all know that horror movies have high expectations! Being a teenager, i have grew up seeing Shia LaBeouf in a bunch of kids movies. This was the first non kids movie he has been in for years and it held to my expectations. Most people TOTALLY disagree with me but you got to remember that this was his FIRST horror movie. It still isnt quite up to the current standards for horror movies, but it was a great try. I reccomend to GET THIS MOVIE. It is a funny movie that will leave you on the edge of your chair!!...more info
- Easing the Boredom While Under House Arrest
One thing is sure. "Disturbia" now joins "Wrestling With Ernest Hemingway," "The Saint of Fort Washington," and "The Twonky" as one of the worst titles ever. Concocting a new word is an obvious attempt to create an aura of mystery over what is at heart a by-the-book melodrama. Fortunately, the film itself is better than its dimwitted title suggests.
"Disturbia" is best described as a thriller, though the thriller part doesn't kick in until about halfway through the film. The best thrillers have always been popular with audiences because they combine an intriguing story and charismatic characters with suspense, the ingredient that holds them together. "Disturbia" follows that pattern.
Kale (Shia LaBeouf) has been put under house arrest because he attacked his Spanish teacher. The court orders that he remain confined to his house for three months. A bracelet attached to his ankle monitors his movements in and immediately outside his home. If he goes beyond a certain point, the police will be notified and they will come a-running.
Initially, Kale vegetates, playing video games on his X-Box, watching TV, turning his room into a personal disaster area, eating globs of peanut butter drenched with chocolate syrup, and longing for contact with his friends. Kale's mom (Carrie-Anne Moss) -- disgusted by the way Kale views his court-ordered incarceration as a romp -- cuts off his electronic entertainment, insisting that the vacation is over.
With nothing else to do, Kale takes to watching his neighbors. There's Mr. Turner (David Morse), whose habits are routinized and predictable; new move-in neighbors Ashley (Sarah Roemer) and her family; and a pack of unruly, irksome kids who delight in tormenting Kale.
Once director D. J. Caruso establishes the characters and sets the plot in motion, he switches gears when Kale believes he's seen Mr. Turner engage in very suspicious behavior. Kale involves best friend Ronnie (Aaron Yoo) and Ashley in his suspicions, placing all three of them in danger.
"Disturbia" owes much to Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window." In that film, Jimmy Stewart -- immobilized by a broken leg -- passes the time by spying on his neighbors when he believes he's seen evidence that a man across the courtyard has murdered his wife.
"Disturbia" scales down the characters to teenagers to attract a young audience, and that's fine. And though Mr. LaBeouf is no Jimmy Stewart, he is a likable actor whose naturalness suggests a sort of Everyman teen. Imperfect, troubled, shackled -- both physically and parentally -- he must act against considerable odds to reveal the truth about a mild-mannered neighbor.
La Beouf is effective as Kale, making "Disturbia" an enjoyable viewing experience. His acting is natural, his mannerisms appropriate and thought-out. He projects arrogance, anger, nervousness, embarrassment or fear, as required, and does so believably. Since he is not yet overly familiar to movie audiences, he registers as a real kid who gets himself into a situation that spins out of control.
Morse continues his career as a sinister, threatening, dangerous individual as Mr. Turner. Soft-spoken, with kind eyes, his menace is conveyed not through overtly but by deliberate, psychological terror.
What disappointed me most about "Disturbia" is its very predictable third act, which follows the path of so many thrillers before it. There is little cleverness in its staging to match the film's thoughtful build-up. It looks as if everyone -- especially writer and director -- coasted downhill for the movie's final scenes. In fact, the viewer knows exactly what will happen just by the sequence of thriller movie clich¨¦s. The payoff hardly matches the set-up.
Though "Disturbia" is far from a failure, its interesting house arrest plot point, its presentation of characters, and its overall fine acting leave the viewer annoyed that the film's lame climax is not worthy of the rest of the film's quality. ...more info
- The serial killer next door?
A well-done movie featuring the standard troubled youth, the ethnic sidekick, the spunky girlfriend, the longsuffering mother...and that mild-manner next-door neighbor who just might be a cold-blooded serial killer. An interesting mix, with the plot based on the classic "he just did something that makes him look guilty" followed by "he just did something that makes him look innocent" back-and-forth until the climax. No spoilers in this review. Find out for yourself if Mr. Turner is a latter-day Arthur "Boo" Radley, or Hannibal Lector....more info
- Emotionally jarring opening sequence. Very entertaining film.
This movie started working right from the beginning. The most emotionally intense moments occurred during the opening sequence, but it was still a very engaging film. A nice balance of humor, drama and thrills.
The mystery builds nicely as the main character, Kale (Shia LaBeouf), passes his time during house arrest by spying on the neighbors. He develops a love interest with an attractive girl next door (Sarah Roemer), and connects his other neighbor, Mr. Turner (David Morse), with a running news story about a serial killer from Texas. The girl and Kale's friend Ronnie (Aaron Yoo) join him in investigating the mystery, putting the clues together, and staking out the mysterious neighbor.
They go as far as to monitor his stop at a department store while Ron breaks into the Turner's car to retrieve the code on the garage door opener so they can later gain access to the house and check the contents of a bag, which Kale suspects contains the remains of one of Turner's victims.
The suspense escalates as we learn the sinister truth behind Mr. Turner's activities. Kale inadvertently breaks the boundaries of the tracking device strapped to his leg, and as a result the cops just consider him a trouble maker, with too much time on his hands. It's almost too late when they realize that he is telling the truth about his neighbor's hidden evil.
In all a great film, decent acting and comic relief, especially from the quirky, energetic Ron. His endearing antics and personality make the film that much more entertaining. Veteran actor David Morse serves up a creepy yet subdued and charming performance which belies the darkness at the heart of his character.
Shia LaBeouf brings a likeable John Cusack style to his character, and Sarah Roemer is incredibly alluring. The only thing that seemed flat about this film was the presence of Kale's mother. Her character isn't established enoughfor us to be too concerned for her. Personally I was more concerned with the well being of Ron, Kale and the girl. The film works, but I felt the mother was the weakest character. See for yourself.
In all a great modern thriller, very well done. Production is tops, featuring dramatic lighting, excellent camera work and great direction. A well told tale....more info
Thriller seemingly based on "Rear Window" with good performances by Shia LaBeouf and David Morse. The psycho killers lair is truly terrifying....more info
- I thought it was a charming, thriller. It kept me watching. I loved it!
I thought it was a good movie all the way through. It was actually a really awesome movie come to think of it. It's got everything in it, a bit of comedy, drama, a little love thing goin' on, and then of course the suspense of the unknown, and the ending is great. Awesome flick! I'd watch again, more then once.
Two thumbs up for me!!
- Good re-make
Though I'll always be partial to the Alfred Hitchcock version, this is a good modern day re-make. I love the way the story develops sympathy for the kid early on. He's not just a trouble maker with a perversion, a series of events beyond his control leads him to his house arrest, and the boredom that leaves him nothing to do but spy on his neighbors. Very good action, and I loved the humorous sidekick...
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- Don't Spy On Thy Neighbor
Many years ago, Alfred Hitchcock showed viewers what could happen when we spy on the wrong neighbor and find out some business we weren't supposed too. Now, decades later, director D.J. Caruso thinks we all need a refresher course in this fun, stylish, and entertaining little thriller. While this movie may not be wildly original, I saw it the same day as "The Hitcher" re-make, so it seemed like a breath of fresh air!.
17 year old Kale(Shia LaBeauf)suffers a horrible tragedy early in the film. A year later, things are obviously different for him. He gets in trouble for punching a teacher at school, and is sentenced to 3 months house arrest(complete with an ankle monitor that would make Martha Stewart jealous). Basically trapped with only so far he can go from his lawn before it goes off, Kale ends up spending his time spying on his neighbors. A hot new girl named Ashley(Sarah Roemer)moves in next door and, while romance blossoms, something else pops up. A neighbor named Mr. Turner(the great David Morse), may or may not be a serial killer. And Kale and his friends may or may not be next.
The movie is pretty well set up, and the idea of the leg monitor and having restricted access to the outside world was a fun idea that is used to it's worth. It creates some fun moments, and some genuinely suspenseful ones as well. These moments of the film are pretty effective and well planned. We've all pretty much seen it before, but director Caruso and his talented cast make it a lot of fun, with characters and situations we actually like. It's all very slick and entertaining.
I am not one that has yet jumped on the Shia bandwagon, but it is clear that the guy has talent and is going somewhere. His Kale comes across as a genuine kid who has been through something. His buddy is the comical relief, and Sarah Roemer as Ashley is a beauty. Carrie Ann-Moss has the typical role as Kale's mother. But it was David Morse who made the movie to me. His face looks like it has a history. One minute he seems very quiet, shy, and like he couldn't hurt a fly. The next second you are unsure. Could this guy kill someone?. He gave the best performance of the movie for me.
"Disturbia" isn't treading new ground, but it delivered a pretty fun, well made, entertaining thrill ride that I enjoyed quite a lot from beginning to end. The performances were acceptable(some more than others), and the direction slick and polished. An updated, modern day version of "Rear Window" that should be given a look. If I ever have the urge to take a peek outside my window and see what is going on with my neighbors....I hope it passes....more info
- "Operation Stupid is officially over."
One year after the death of his father, Kale Brecht (Shia LaBoeuf) is placed under a 3 month house arrest after striking his school teacher. Languishing at home, Kale soon begins to go stir crazy. Falling prey to the "natural side effects of chronic boredom," he constructs an edifice of Twinkies, converts his room into a kingdom of trash, and resorts to the always fun but slightly grimy diversion of spying on his neighbors. This latter activity reaches its most rewarding pinnacle when rebellious superbabe Ashley (Sarah Roemer) moves in next door. Before long, however, things take a turn for the sinister as Kale begins to believe that his other neighbor, the quiet Mr. Turner (David Morse), just might be a kidnapper and a serial killer.
Shia LaBeouf, the star of this picture, is on some kind of a hot streak and is probably the busiest young actor around these days. I thought he was good in The Greatest Game Ever Played and provided the humanizing element in Transformers (Two-Disc Special Edition). But, in between those two films, he also starred in DISTURBIA, a well-made teenage Peeping Tom thriller which gradually unfolds its mystery even as it heightens the tension.
Not to say that this film belongs in the same rarified air inhabited by classic Hitchcock films, but DISTURBIA does pilfer from the master in two senses. One, of course, is the premise it borrows directly from Rear Window (Collector's Edition). The other is the construction of the film's narrative. What did Hitchcock say? "There is no terror in a bang; only in the anticipation of it." SUBURBIA is an exercise in suspense building. Unlike some of the more generic and slapdash thrillers which instantly show their explicit and gory hands, this one takes its time to get to the graphic blood-curling. It lulls you with its pace and rhythm; it sets you up and makes you susceptible to the whims of your imagination.
There's an investment in Kale's character. Time is granted for the audience to get to know him and sympathize with his loss, frustration, and pain and with his sense of entrapment and displacement. In fact, the plot takes a side trip into John Hughes country when next door dream Ashley is introduced. Enter teen angst and teen hormones and teen dilemmas. But then Ashley also ends up providing the impetus for Kale to seriously poke his nose into the goings-on surrounding the mysterious Mr. Turner.
When things start to happen, they're initially insignificant and unremarkable. There is momentary news on the telly of a woman's kidnapping. Then a dented Mustang rolls up coinciding with the vehicle description on the news. A neighbor's late night date takes a turn for the worse. Something icky is dragged down the stairs. And, gradually, niggling suspicions begin to seep into Kale's mind.
The cast, it's a fine one. David Morse is damn good at playing villains and brilliant at exuding bad vibes. Whenever I watch him in these kind of roles, I'm unsure of him. I never quite know what he's up to. There are two scenes with Morse which stand out for me: one in Kale's house wherein Mr. Turner meets Kale face to face for the first time, another in which Mr. Turner creepily terrorizes Ashley in her car. Both scenes pulsate with a quiet, terrible menace as projected by David Morse. Lovely Carrie-Anne Moss plays Kale's mother and I could wish that she were on the screen more, but, in retrospect, the film's not really about her anyway. But, still. Sarah Roemer, who should probably start doing other stuff than horror/thriller flicks soon, has got that sexy Jessica Biel thing going on, in looks and in screen persona. There's a bit of wildness in her Ashley which quickly devastates Kale and every other male in the vicinity.
The film's success depends hugely on Shia LaBoeuf, and I think he pulls it off. The things that happen, the things which his character ends up doing - LaBoeuf is such a natural actor that you buy into what Kale is thinking and feeling so that when he ends up pulling those crazy stunts, well, you're with him. Shia effortlessly carries the film.
The special features are plentiful but nondescript: a film commentary by the director and cast members LaBeouf and Roemer; 4 deleted scenes totalling 4 and a half minutes (three of which focus on Carrie-Anne Moss's character); the "Making Of" featurette (15 minutes long, it also mentions how Morse deliberately didn't speak to Shia for the first few months of shooting - ahh, method acting); a Serial Pursuit Trivia Pop-Up Quiz; Gag reel (kind of lame, especially the fishing outtakes); the music video: "Don't Make Me Wait" by This World Fair; a photo gallery; and the theatrical trailer.
It's been a while since I've experienced a thoughtful, well-executed teen thriller. I might have to go all the way back to Scream (Dimension Collector's Series). DISTURBIA is head and shoulders above the shabby likes of the recent WHEN A STRANGER CALLS and BLACK CHRISTMAS remakes. DISTURBIA, with its measured tempo, sneaks up on you. You get suckered into watching these kids at play with their seemingly harmless adventure as they get spooked a little along the way, but with, really, nothing concretely nefarious surfacing. Morse's character provides occasionally chilling moments, but still you're not quite sure if he's the killer or a red herring. That is, until the last 20 minutes or so, after which all hell breaks loose. DISTURBIA hits you up with a little romance, a bit of humor, a security ankle bracelet as a key plot device, several nerve-wracking moments, a game of cat and mouse, and a touch of serial killing. And I did enjoy how Kale finally got even with his bratty tormentors.
- Gen Y vs. Boomer in the Suburbs
I knew that Disturbia was loosely based on Rear Window, which is essentially a murder mystery from the perspective of a peeping tom. The protagonist is confined to a house and thus can only interpret his surroundings through sight and sound at a distance; he eventually comes to suspect that his neighbor is a murderer.
That's about all there is in common between the two films. Disturbia has to do some fancy footwork to get the concept to work today. With kids having more freedom and more information access than ever before, isolating a character is a challenge. This is true of most horror these days--ubiquitous cell phones mean it's more difficult to create the sense of isolation so critical to horror.
But Disturbia pulls it off. Kale (Shia LaBeouf) and his father Daniel's (Matt Craven) fishing trip is cut brutally short by a car accident that kills Kale's dad. Kale is emotionally isolated from his peers at school, who can't possibly understand what he's been through.
Flash forward a year later and Kale, who seemed bright and cheerful, is now an introverted, angry young man. When a high school teacher pushes his buttons, Kale responds with violence. That violence puts Kale under house arrest, physically isolating him. Thanks to his ankle bracelet, Kale can't run more than a few hundred feet without the police being alerted.
Kale's mother, Julie (the delectable Carrie-Anne Moss), wants to ensure that this house arrest is punishment. After all, how many kids would be perfectly happy sitting indoors, playing Xbox, listening to their iPod, and watching television all day? Julie revokes all entertainment privileges, leaving Kale with nothing to do but stare out the window.
This is all happening during summer vacation, so Kale's now socially isolated too, with only his friend Ronnie (Aaron Yoo) as company. That means no parties and no dating. Never mind that his hot neighbor, Ashley (Sarah Roemer) leaves her blinds open and is fond of taking swims in skimpy bathing suits. Or that she likes to host parties for the cool kids. Kale couldn't attend if he wanted to.
Kale's isolation is complete and now on par with L.B. Jeffries from Rear Window, who was physically disabled and a photographer to boot.
Disturbia cleverly turns the first part of the film into a teen drama. Kale has a crush on Ashley, who eventually discovers that he's spying on her and boldly comes over to visit. She too is isolated, having just moved into town--surely every teenage boy's dream of having the first shot at a hot girl!
Once the Scooby gang of Kale, Ashley, and Ronnie is established, the plot really starts rolling. Robert Turner (David Morse, looking more dangerous and creepy than ever) also moved in next store. When the murders of a serial killer with a fondness for redheads are broadcast on the evening news, Kale starts to wonder about his neighbor's late night activities.
What ensues is an exercise in YouTube-culture. Kale sets about spying on his neighbor with zeal. Ashley and Ronnie get in on the act, following Robert around and even breaking into his car and house. Disturbia asks us: when is it okay to violate someone else's privacy? And doesn't the right to privacy mean that very bad people get to do horrible things in private?
Like any good thriller, Disturbia relies heavily on its actors. LaBeouf carries the film, alternately sarcastic, voyeuristic, pathetic, bored, romantic, and angry -- just like so many teenage boys. Morse turns his sad, lonely demeanor into a creepy vibe that makes you feel dirty just listening to him.
Older thrillers had the luxury of time. With shorter attention spans and less tolerance for reality-straining conventions, once the tipping point is reached, Disturbia turns into an all out slasher-fest. And that's oddly appropriate, even cathartic, for thrillers of the millennial generation. Once the truth is on video, it spreads like wildfire.
There's a moment in the film where Robert calmly explains how he likes his privacy and why it's so important to him. And that's the moment where the generation gap is drawn in Disturbia: Robert, the silver-haired Boomer, disturbs the younger generation with his need for privacy. Kale, the Generation Y millennial, doesn't comprehend the notion at all. Disturbia is as much a thriller as it is a commentary on a culture clash between two different generations, forced to figure out how to coexist in modern suburbia.
- great scary movie
Alright, this movie is GREAT. I watched it last night with my friends and I loved it. Even though it is creepy, makes you scream, and scary; it is great. In the movie, Kale (Shia LaBouf) is put on house arrest.......soon he discovers the scary truth about his neighbor, Mr. Turner(David Morse). Will Kale live? Will he die? You have to watch this great movie to find out. I hope that you love this movie as much as I did. ...more info