I have been delaying my review on this movie because of 1 single important thing, the story SUCKS!!
Now that I have said the ‘S’ word, I can write my review freely 🙂
I think it was last year when I first saw Red Eye. I was so excited because I got to see Cillian Murphy for a whole 1, 5 hours as a psychotic villain. He has become a villain before in Batman Begins but his part was so small. In Red Eye, he was the main actor alongside the beautiful Rachel McAdams.
Before I continue, I must warn you that this review is full of spoiler, so … if you haven’t watched it you may ignore this review…if you have seen it, I wonder whether you have the same thought as I am or not?
I love to hear (or read) your thoughts on this movie.
I could finally write this review because one of Indonesian TV-channel reran the movie last night…and that was the 2nd time I saw the movie. To think that last night was my second time watching a movie with a full coverage on Cillian Murphy was beyond believes, I usually love watching his movies again and again and again. The reason for this is very simple, Red Eye has terrible ending.
I can only watch Red Eye in TV even though I have the film on my computer, it is because the only thing that can make me finish the movie for the second is because I have nothing else to watch. When I missed Cillian as Jack Rippner , I turned on my computer and played the file, saw the movie in parts where Cillian showed up for about 10 minutes and then I turned it off. Never from beginning to end.
So…what makes this movie unbearable to watch more than once?
Red Eye is about a woman named Lisa (Rachel McAdams) who was terrorized by a man sitting next to her in the last flight of the day, which often called as Red Eye. The man was Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy), he was from some kind of organization that deals with assassination. His newest job was to kill a politician along with his family. Lisa was the manager of the hotel where the Politician planned to stay for several days. Jack told Lisa that she had to move Keefe (the politician) to another rooms so that his associates could kill him. In return for Lisa’s cooperation, he won’t kill her father.
For the next one hour, we could see brilliant acting by both actors. Rachel McAdams played brilliantly as a woman who had to defend herself from the terror sitting next to her. Her expressions was great, it was fun to see how her expectation over a cute guy changed into a terror. Cillian Murphy was so convincing as a man who can terrorize someone just by talking to that person. He has the perfect eyes to scared people. As a proof of how convincing he was in this movie, a student of mine called him creepy. She was surprise when she knew how much I like Cillian, she said “how could you like him Miss? He is creepy” and her assumption was based on Jackson Rippner.
I honestly enjoyed the movie while they were still on the plane. The mental game between these two actors was really interesting, they really have a great chemistry there. It made me want to see them play together again. In fact, I can easily said that Cillian-Rachel in on my top-5 best duo performance in all Cillian’s movies (This gave me idea for my next Monthly Murphy). Up to this point I really like the movie.
The movie became so bad when the plane landed. Red Eye was supposed to be a thriller movie, but near the end it turned into a happy ending fairy tale. Lisa managed to escape from Jack and saved the politician. She also saved her father and together with her father, killed Jack. Seriously, the ending ruined the whole movie!! And the way Jack died is so not cool! I lost my words when I first watched it.
How could a thriller ended with everyone safe and sound but the bad guys? It was just TOO SILLY!! It would be much better if at least the politician was killed or the father was killed. Remember Scream? Same movie by Wes Craven, almost everyone died but the main character. That is how a thriller supposed to be!
Because of that ridiculous ending, I couldn’t watch Red Eye as much as I wanted to. If the actor was not Cillian Murphy, I won’t even watch it for the second time, once is more than enough. Fortunately Cillian looks extremely hot in red eye, I could finish the second viewing due to that fact 😉
Despite the fact that I hate the story…but I still love the 2actors, so it saved the movie from 1 star movie to 2 star movie.
Director : Wes Craven
Producer : Chris Bender, Marianne Maddalena
Screenplay : Carl Ellsworth
Starring : Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox, Jayma Mays
Music : Marco Beltrami
Cinematography : Robert D. Yeoman
Distributor : DreamWorks Pictures
Release : August 19, 2005
Cillian Murphy’s special
Quote by Cillian Murphy on his role: “I don’t know if anyone will ever sit beside me on a plane again.” << Hehe don’t worry Cill, I’ll sit next to you ANYTIME 😉