Movie Review
Disturbia poster
By Greg Ward     Published April 28, 2007
US Release: April 13, 2007

Directed by: D.J. Caruso
Starring: Shia LaBeouf , Carrie-Anne Moss , David Morse

PG-13 sequences of terror and violence, and some sensuality
Running Time: 104 minutes
Domestic Box Office: $80,050,171
Disturbia is a good night out if you are looking to be entertained and nothing more.
The trailer for "Disturbia" portrays the film as a typical teenager thriller. While this ends up holding true, the result is an entertaining movie that does enough to hold your interest. Solid performances, suspense, and quick pacing help the film rise above a typical teenage thriller.

Kale (Shia Labeouf) lost his father in a horrific car accident, and one year later he punches his Spanish teacher due to an insensitive comment; he is sentenced to house arrest for three months. After his mother (Carrie-Anne Moss) takes away his I-tunes and television, he is forced to spy on his neighbors. He takes notice in a new neighbor named Ashley (Sarah Roemer) and befriends her. With her and goofy friend Ronnie (Aaron Yoo), Kale witnesses some strange behavior going on in Mr. Hunter's (David Morse) house, behavior that seems to be murder. Creepy encounters with Hunter and startling revelations ensue.

Ever since his appearance in "Holes," Shia Labeouf has shown a lot of promise as an actor. After doing smaller parts in movies like "I, Robot" and "Constantine," I was glad to see him again in a leading role. He fits the role of Kale very well. Although many would say that it isn't that hard to play a teenage boy, Labeouf's performance is one of the most convincing portrayals of a rebellious teenager I have seen in years. One other strong point is the character development. Kale, Ronnie, and Ashley are all likable characters that you really begin to care about. When they are put in dangerous situations, you really want to root for them. This is very rare when it comes to movies like these.

Another strong performance was that of David Morse. Although he did not have as much screen time as I had hoped, he was extremely effective and creepy. I have seen Morse in many films, but he has never really seemed to have a role that stood out, one that showcases what he is capable of. "Disturbia" gives him the chance to prove how evil he can be even without much dialogue.

While watching "Disturbia," I was hoping the end would provide a twist. Unfortunately, this did not occur. It follows a very basic formula that has been done many times before. Despite the quick pace, it does seem to take a while to get to what the trailer promises, which is what many would call a "non-stop thrill ride." While there are some good jumps, I was able to predict exactly what would happen once the mystery of the film revealed itself. "Disturbia" is a good night out if you are looking to be entertained and nothing more.
Greg's Grade: B
Greg's Overall Grading: 25 graded movies
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