"Disturbia" Clever in Name Not in Viewing

Genres: Thriller and Teen
Running Time: 1 hr. 44 min.
Release Date: April 13th, 2007 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of terror and violence, and some sensuality.
Distributors: Paramount Pictures


Directed by:
D.J. Caruso

JJ Rating: B

Boy gets in trouble with the law and is under house arrest for several months. He’s told to occupy his mind so that he doesn’t go crazy. He decides to be a voyeur and peer into the lives of his neighbor’s. He peers into the life of a hot girl and he peers into the life of a man he assumes is evil and kills women. One of them becomes his friend. Guess.

Disturbia is, I would take it, a combination of the word disturbed and suburbia. It’s a clever combination and clever title. Is it a clever movie? According to the genre it’s a thriller and teen movie. Based on that I think it’s rather good. Teen movies are usually bland and lacking in cohesiveness. This movie had a pretty good story line and there is a very good action sequence at the beginning. Further description of such would ruin the “shock” value but it has to be one of the better scenes I’ve seen in a while.

Shia LaBeouf is a good actor. He has been in several films and the one I really remember him from is Holes. Disturbia is far from Holes and he shows it by his acting. He actually pulls it off. It’s as if he is growing up on screen movie by movie so maybe he won’t disappear into nothing like other child actors do. He has a chance of being more…if that is what he wants.

Thrillers are not one of my favorite genres. They are just there for me. I happen to like some of them and I happen to dislike some of them. What I like about this one is that it builds up and then makes you sort of second guess what is going on. I was not really second guessing a whole lot but at least it tried. Also I like the silly moments that have you wonder if it is serious or not and then it turns out to be a GOTCHA moment. Love that it added humor to the thrill because it can sometimes catch you off guard thinking it was a thrill moment when oh nose it was trickery and it was just a silly moment.

What I did not like was that there was a serious moment between the main character and the female interest and the boom mics could be seen. It’s not like a small bit of it. No. It was more like half and sometimes the whole thing. That was annoying and I was distracted and did not really pay attention to the conversation at hand because I was wondering how an editor could miss something that obvious.

I also did not like added storylines into the film that really served no purpose. The girl’s parents are having issues that really don’t play out at all in the story seem so pointless. What is the point in introducing the parent’s issues into the story if they really add nothing to the outcome or the story itself?

There was a secondary story with three kids that would pick on LaBeouf and that is pretty funny. However, how he gets back at them is a bit bland. It’s no where near as cool as it could have been but at least it happens I guess. It’s not like I gave anything away considering that part of the story is so apparent in how it will be solved.

Is there a twist of an ending? Not really. There are sick moments towards the end and things start to fall into place but nothing of shocker value. So if you are expecting something to jump out and make you go WHOA shocker…don’t bother with this movie.

Disturbia is just a fun movie that really wasn’t too much of a thinker. It had some clever moments and cheap thrills but nothing spectacularly different that would make it stand out. So really it’s forgettable in the long run and not really Rear Window-ish considering Rear Window is memorable.

I will not be buying this movie and I will most likely never see it again. One time go through was worth it though. Take this into consideration if you plan on seeing it Disturbia as a title is cleverer than the actual storyline. That way you are not disappointed by thinking that there is more to it. It’s only trailer deep.

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