After his father's death, Kale (Shia LaBeouf) becomes sullen, withdrawn, and troubled - so much so that he finds himself under a court-ordered sentence of house arrest.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 imagination?

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 and insight.

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 you expect.

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.
Reviewed by: shea