Studio: Paramount
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Sarah Roemer
Director: D.J. Caruso
WorkNameSort: Disturbia
Our Rating: 1.00
Director D.J. Caruso (Taking Lives, Two for the Money) is quickly becoming the next Brett Ratner, a compliant go-to guy for uninspired and mildly offensive projects whose sole purpose is to provide tasteless escapism for alpha males. He's a producer's director; you know no messy artistic ambition will get in the way of the bottom dollar with him at the helm of your hack work, and Disturbia proves no exception. This is a pre-Scream horror film, wearily trudging through all the clichéd genre tropes Wes Craven gleefully deconstructed, but with a straight face and a shrill soundtrack. Worse yet, Disturbia sacrilegiously pirates plot points from at least two masterpieces ' Hitchcock's Rear Window and De Palma's Body Double ' for this story of a hotheaded teenager (Shia LaBeouf) who, spying on his neighbors after an assault lands him on house arrest, thinks he sleuths out a murderer. If he's James Stewart, Grace Kelly is apparently his next-door neighbor Ashley (Sarah Roemer), a popular dish he ogles with his binoculars in a romantic-comedy subplot so limp it makes The Girl Next Door look like The Shop Around the Corner.


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