After his father's death, Kale (Shia LaBeouf) becomes sullen,
withdrawn, and troubled - so much so that he finds himself under a
court-ordered sentence of house arrest. His mother, Julie (Carrie-Anne
Moss), works night and day to support herself and her son, only to be
met with indifference and lethargy.
The walls of his house begin to
close in on Kale. He becomes a voyeur as his interests turn outside the
windows of his suburban home towards those of his neighbors, one of
which Kale begins to suspect is a serial killer. But, are his
suspicions merely the product of cabin fever and his overactive
In the vein of Hitchcock director DJ Caruso(2 for the
Money, Salton Sea) brings a fresh new look at classics such as Rear
Window. Do not be confused...although in the same vein, Disturbia is
very very different than the ancestors.
Disturbia is raw, intense,
and more than a peeping Tom's stake out. The films characters are deep
and 3D. The language of the characters are fast and witty with depth
Shia does an amazing amazing job and carries the entire film on his
back without stumbling, tripping, or even sweating. I can't wait to see
what else is to come from the young actor beyond mega stardom hits like
Transformers and Indy 4.
Moss(Matrix, Memento) does surprisingly
well as a trying mother and David Morse(Green Mile, 12 Monkeys, 16
Blocks) playing that creepy big oaf as he does so well is exactly as
My only complaint is maybe a little rust here and there
that might only be bothering in a rewatch or two. The biggest fault is
seeing a villains beautiful build up only end a little too fast and
maybe a bit too easy.
The editing and direction of Disturbia is
ALMOST flawless. Some of the hero/enemy struggle scenes are a little
jolting but are easy to look over has the director and camera marry
into a very exciting, intense, and intense cinematic ride.