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DISTURBIA

SYNOPSIS:
After his father's death in a tragic car accident, Kale (Shia LaBeouf) becomes withdrawn and angry - and a biff at his junior high school gets him a spell under house arrest. His mother, Julie (Carrie-Anne Moss), works night and day to support them, and the walls of his house begin to close in on Kale. He becomes a voyeur as his interests turn outside the windows of his suburban home towards those of his neighbours, especially pretty newcomer Ashley (Sarah Roemer) - and Mr Turner (David Morse) who Kale begins to suspect is a serial killer. With help from his school friend Ronnie (Aaron Yoo) and Ashley, Kale starts spying on Mr Turner, but the clues seem to evaporate and maybe Kale is just imagining things under duress.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Disturbia is a great title and would have been even better of the film were a psychological thriller instead of a by-the-numbers teen thriller which is so formulaic that it makes a good date movie. (You can predict what happens and devote half your time to snogging, say.) Essentially a B movie with a few A level cast members, the film would benefit from a disciplined script editor who could eject material that drags it out.

The tagline on the poster - 'Every killer lives next door to someone' - effectively gives away the whodunit element of the plot, and the convoluted storyline makes the tension sag. When the film focuses on its core business and escalates the tension, it works well enough.

Performances are smooth, with Shia LaBoeuf working hard to make Kale both likeable and interesting, which the script tries hard to deter him from doing. Sarah Roemer is a welcome relief from predictability with a feisty, warm and mature young woman who has plenty going for her, while David Morse as the suspected serial killer living next door to Carrie-Anne Moss' Julie gets to tread the same old boards of the deadpan baddie who we are shown in ambiguous light to keep up the pretence that he could be just a misunderstood weirdo. Moss gets the film's really dreary role, a nice contrast to young Aaron Yoo, who makes the most of the firecracker buddie dragged into a chaotic adventure. The film's a great lead up to a couple of beers, though ...

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

DISTURBIA (M)
(US, 2007)

CAST: Shia LaBeouf, Carrie-Anne Moss, David Morse, Matt Craven, Sarah Roemer, Aaron Yoo, Kurt David Anderson, Elyse Mirto

PRODUCER: Jackie Marcus, Joe Medjuck, Tom Pollock

DIRECTOR: D.J. Caruso

SCRIPT: Christopher Landon, Carl Ellsworth

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Rogier Stoffers

EDITOR: Jim Page

MUSIC: Geoff Zanelli

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Tom Southwell

RUNNING TIME: 100 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Paramount

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: April 12, 2007







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