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(D: D.J. Caruso, 104 min)
Rear Window meets suburban teen thriller in Disturbia , the cleverly titled film featuring an actor with the coolest name in Hollywood – Shia LaBeouf . He plays a teen under house arrest who believes a neighbour (perennial baddy David Morse ) is a serial killer.
The trailers have been getting good response for months, and former TV director D.J. Caruso (The Salton Sea) is set for a breakthrough.
updated April 12th, 2pm
DISTURBIA lacks psychological depth, but it delivers on so many other levels you won’t mind. Troubled since his father’s death, suburban teen Kale (Shia LaBeouf) is under house arrest, so he passes the summer spying on his neighbours with best friend Ronnie (Aaron Yoo) and new hottie next door, Ashley (Sarah Roemer), who’s also one of his voyeuristic subjects. The three teens are convinced that a neighbour (David Morse) is a serial killer and use every electronic device to dig up dirt on the guy. Yes, it’s a teen Rear Window, but director D.J. Caruso takes time to establish character and situation, and he’s found a good hero in LaBeouf, who’s believable as obsessive, yet never creepy. Morse continues his string of villains and nearly steals the pic from under his nubile costars. Good music, excellent sound and one of the best uses of technology in a film.
– G. Sumi
Dir. by D.J. Caruso, runs 100 min
(D: Marcus Nispel, 88 min)
Ever since Frodo and Sam made their trip to Mordor, studios have been looking for the next chain mail epic. Eragon didn’t make much noise, so let’s see how Pathfinder does.
It stars LOTR’s Eomer, the chisel-faced Karl Urban , in a tale about a Viking boy raised by Native Americans who grows up to fight the Norsemen. Get set for lots of straggly-haired men playing with their shiny phallic swords.
updated April 16th, 11am
PATHFINDER, dumped into theatres to cash in on audiences’ post-300 bloodlust for buff barbarians with broadswords, is a messy, muddy migraine of a movie. Set 500 years before Columbus, Karl Urban plays a Viking raised by Native Americans who must defend his adoptive family when some of his horn-helmeted heathen pals from the Old Country show up to pillage the village. Clancy Brown rehashes his Kergan role from Highlander as the Viking leader, right down to the “there can be only one” sentiment during the final showdown. Ridiculously, the path to that climactic battle is convoluted and proves difficult to find for everyone involves, on screen and off. Aided by a mute flute player and a squaw with a bow in her hand and love in her heart, Urban’s He-Man flares his nostrils with every Lord of the Rings reject he cleaves apart (never mind when he accidentally wipes out pretty much every Indian warrior who comes to fight by his side). Captain America has never thrown his shield with such lethal efficiency. Granted, Cap never used said shield to out-race axe-wielding Vikings down a snowy mountainside. Equally laughable is the dialogue, what little of it there is, from the shaman’s fortune cookie wisdom to the Vikings’s growls, so watching it could only be made more enjoyable by simultaneously listening to Rancid on your iPod.
– B. Hooper
Dir. by Marcus Nispel, runs 99 min
Both films open Friday (April 13). .