1 hour, 44 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
on appeal for sequences of terror and violence, and some sensuality
DVD Features: Commentary by director D.J. Caruso and cast members Shia LaBeouf and Sarah Roemer; Deleted scenes; The making of Disturbia; Serial Pursuit trivia pop-up quiz; Outtakes; Music video - "Don't Make Me Wait" - This World Fair; Photo gallery.
This is a relatively exciting updating of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window," although it's not quite up to the standards of the master storyteller. It still retains enough of the formula to be an entertaining paranoid thriller with both laughs and chills.
After losing his father in an auto accident, 17-year-old Kale (Shia LaBeouf "Holes") is having a difficult time adjusting both at home and at school, which culminates in an assault on his Spanish teacher in the classroom. The incident results in Kale spending three months under house arrest, where he must spend every day of his summer confined to his home. With his mother (Carrie Ann Moss "The Matrix"), at work during the day, and his best friend, Ronnie (Aaron Yoo, "Things That Go Bump in the Night"), in Hawaii for a part of that time, he soon becomes bored out of his mind. That is, until he gets new neighbors who have a teenage daughter, Ashley (Sarah Roemer, "The Grudge 2"). Watching her from the privacy of his bedroom window, he quickly becomes quite enamored. One day she catches him looking at her along with his recently returned buddy Ronnie. Meanwhile, news reports of a missing woman begin appearing on television, and Kale starts to suspect that his creepy neighbor, Mr. Turner (David Morse "16 Blocks"), whose behavior is very suspicious, may be the suspect the police are searching for.
Director D.J. Caruso ("Taking Lives":) keeps the pacing brisk and always moving forward to the next incident before you have a chance to think about the implausibility of some of the plotting. It's still an entertaining thriller full of contemporary technology like cell phone cameras and video recording equipment, nicely capturing the technological advances that every teenager is familiar with. But there's no doubt that it's the performance of Shia LaBeouf that makes this film worth seeing.
Shia LaBeouf ... Kale
Sarah Roemer ... Ashley
Carrie-Anne Moss ... Julie
David Morse ... Mr. Turner
Aaron Yoo ... Ronnie
Jose Pablo Cantillo ... Officer Gutierrez
Matt Craven ... Daniel Brecht
Viola Davis ... Detective Parker