Red Eye title

Tag line : Fear takes flight

Red EyeHorror director Wes Craven decided to turn his hand to suspense thrillers for a change to bring us this tale of terror from 30,000 feet. You know what it's like whenever you use public transportation, particularly if you're travelling alone? You always end up sitting next to some oddball, eccentric or other form of undesirable.

Well for Hotel manager Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) who's taking the Red Eye flight from Dallas back to Miami, her seatmate, a man named Jackson (Cillian Murphy) appears to be the perfect gentleman. Having previously met at the airport bar, she is surprised to find herself sitting right next to him on the flight home.

Unfortunately, right after take-off, Jackson reveals that their previous meeting and  seating arrangements are in fact no-coincidence. Jackson is in fact part of a terrorist group that wishes to assassinate a high ranking US official who's staying at her hotel, but in order for their plan to succeed they require her assistance.

Warning her that her father's life depends on her co-operation, she is forced to try and find a way to alert the plane staff and somehow warn her father about the danger he is in, without endangering the other passengers, before they land.

Overall this is a very good film, but one that fails to inject anything new to the genre. Definitely worth watching, but unless you're a Wes Craven completist you may wish to rent as opposed to buying.

Overall Marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • The script was originally written with Sean Pean and his wife Robin Wright in mind for the lead roles, but Wes Craven decided they needed younger actors.

  • The films budget was $25,000,000.

  • The airplane interior was actually a studio set, which they built on a hydraulic platform so it actually shook from side to side for the scenes of turbulence.

  • Wes Craven and writer Carl Ellsworth both had cameo roles in the film, but Craven's part got cut out as he couldn't keep a straight face on camera. Carl Ellsworth is the character in the airport lounge, wearing the Outkast shirt, in the line of people all sleeping on each others shoulders.

  • The hotel in the film used for the external shots was actually the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, which is located at 1755 N. Highland Ave, in Hollywood.

  • The pen that Lisa stabs Jackson with originally had a Bart Simpson pen cap on it. However, they couldn't get permission to use the Simpson figure in the film so they changed it to a generic Frankenstein monster cap.

  • The irate hotel guest at the end was played by DreamWorks pictures Marketing head, Terry Press.

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