Disturbia

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Disturbia
Review (7/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)

In Disturbia, Shia LaBeouf plays a teenager facing a three-month house arrest sentence for punching out his high school teacher. I'm not one for violence but this teacher deserved it on so many levels. Fortunately for Kale (LaBeouf), a 21st century house arrest means watching satellite TV, listening to your iPod, playing video games, fooling around on the internet, eating way too much junk food, building a twinkie tower and using all sorts of technology to spy on your neighbours. Not too bad of a sentence, if I do say so myself. Especially when one of your neighbours is a young gal named Ashley (Sarah Roemer) who likes to spend her free time sunbathing in a bikini, practicing yoga in a skimpy outfit and changing her clothes in front of her window. Things seem to be going quite well for Kale until his peeping sessions lead him to believe that one of his neighbours might be a serial killer. He recruits both Ashley and his wacky friend Ronny (Aaron Yoo) to help him spy on the suspect and to help him prove that the recluse might, in fact, be the person suspected of killing a missing woman - and perhaps many more.

Disturbia really isn't anything that we haven't seen on the big screen before - except perhaps the super-hot Sarah Roemer who might be the best thing I have seen on film in the last 20 years. Other than that, this movie pretty much follows the formula - whatever that may be. I guess what I'm saying is there are just not a whole lot of surprises here. The biggest jump I got was in the first ten minutes of the movie. David Morse actually plays a pretty boring creep and in terms of serial killers, if that's what he in fact ends up being, well, he sure was sloppy about it. Getting pinched by a kid with a pair of binoculars isn't going to get him into the "Serial Killer Hall of Fame". LaBeouf is actually quite decent and plays a pretty cool kid despite the fact that he too is a criminal. Carrie-Anne Moss plays Kale's mother but she's really not in the movie too much and in terms of movie mothers, she might be the worst mother since Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest. She's not crazy like that, she's just never around the house and she cut the cord for his TV with a pair of scissors and as a parent, you just don't pull shit like that - ever. After serial killer and al-Queda member, TV-cord-cutter might be the next worst criminal in the world.

In the end, Disturbia is not a movie that is going to reinvent the wheel. There's nothing new or surprsing here but, to be honest, the movie moves at a good enough pace and does a good enough job keeping us wondering what is going to happen next that it manages to pass the grade. The characters we are supposed to like are likeable and the ones we are supposed to despise are despisable. It's a decent movie if you are looking for a few cheap thrills and if you're not looking to use too much brain power in doing so.

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