Disturbia (2007)

“[breaking into a car] This is a lot harder than it looks on the Internet. ” – Ronnie

Number of Times Seen – Twice (30 Jul 2007 and 1 Jun 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A teenager sequestered in his house for the summer due to problems with the law believes that he has witnessed his neighbor murder someone.

My Take on it – Clever modern day update of some of the themes Alfred Hitchcock used in a few of his films.

The idea that someone is stuck in one location and believes that he has witnessed a crime is great especially given the fact that he has lots of difficulty proving his new theory.

Shia LeBouf’s star was on the rise when this film was made, and he does a nice job putting forth the potential paranoia that his character must experience along with his teenage feeling of being bulletproof and untouchable in all that he does here.

The plot is dragged along a bit too much and it is done in order to try and raise the level of suspense which is somewhat helpful, but overall, they could have edited things down a bit more.

David Morse is superbly creepy as the neighbor and plays things in a very ambiguous and disturbing way which adds so much to the tension to the story.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The copyright holders of Cornell Woolrich’s short story ‘It Had to Be Murder’, which Rear Window (1954) was based on, sued DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures, and Steven Spielberg for using the story without permission. In 2010, a federal judge dismissed the suit, ruling “The main plots are similar only at a high, unprotectable level of generality … Where ‘Disturbia’ is rife with sub-plots, the short story has none. The setting and mood of the short story are static and tense, whereas the setting and mood of ‘Disturbia’ are more dynamic and peppered with humor and teen romance.”. The publishers have a point though, this is basically just a millennial version of Rear Window. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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