Red Eye (2005)

PG-13   |    |  Mystery, Thriller

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A woman is kidnapped by a stranger on a routine flight. Threatened by the potential murder of her father, she is pulled into a plot to assist her captor in offing a politician.

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  • Colby Donaldson at an event for Red Eye (2005)
  • Cillian Murphy at an event for Red Eye (2005)
  • Red Eye (2005)
  • Cillian Murphy at an event for Red Eye (2005)
  • Colby Donaldson at an event for Red Eye (2005)
  • Cillian Murphy at an event for Red Eye (2005)

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Wes Craven


Carl Ellsworth (screenplay), Carl Ellsworth (story), Dan Foos (story)

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14 February 2007 | ma-cortes
| Suspense and thriller into airplane by the great Wes Craven
The film talks about two people(Rachel McAdams,Cillian Murphy) who meet one night very late in the airport,catching a Red-eye.The story is the worst plane ride you could ever take.The place on the airplane where everything is compressed but that really contributes to the sense of claustrophobic,creeping terror, it's this struggle ,all contained within the coach section of the plane. This is the story of the worst person you could sit next to on a plane.The excitement is generated out of this compelling conversation between two individuals that start off innocent enough but then suddenly devolves.The psychological mind-play between these two characters and what it is to have to sit in one spot and be terrorized and basically held hostage,she and his father(Brian Cox) without letting anyone else know what's going on.Wes Craven said that he was attracted to this project ,first of all for the remarkably constructed script written by Carl Ellsworth.Thus the characters are complex,when you think you know what's gonna happen something else happens and the fascinating idea is that you never know who who you're going to sit next to on an airplane.The screenwriter does a character piece,and ,in a way ,maybe he creates a hybrid of the independent character film and Hollywood action blockbuster,thus we can have a character-driver piece,but also have suspense,thriller,action elements in it as well.

The movie was filmed principally in Los Angeles.All of the airplane shot were on a set,but there was no way in hell one could shot this on a real airplane.Craven had an airplane that could take apart,it could pull sections off of the side and it could pull out panels and have a camera swoop down aisles and go up over people.Production design by Bruce Miller worked for Craven on many films,he creates splendidly the scenes that he needs to tell the story,the look of movie is just wanted to keep it as real as possible.He decided to go with the two-three seating pattern which is a 767 airplane and took pieces from many airplanes and put them together in this format with overhead baggage compartments,lighting,the seats and various pieces.We have a feeling you're in this capsule at 30.000 feet in the air .There's one shot where we see a tiny plane going through these huge clouds banks and you have the feeling they're in this tiny ship in the middle of nowhere.It's the old horror film thing of all these things happen in the middle of nowhere. The motion picture displays a colorful cinematography by Robert Yeoman and atmospheric musical by Marco Beltrani.The film is magnificently directed by the master of terror Wes Craven .

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Presidents or (in this case) Homeland Security can be moved to another location if the secret service are not satisfied with hotel security arrangements or if there's an incident. One of them even recommends the Miami Hilton in the film just because the room was changed. They have up to 200 secret service agents and metal detectors. Agents can be disguised to root out anyone who looks suspicious, not on a list, wearing legitimate ID, who may be a terrorist and concealing weapons. They're trained in the martial arts, equipped with handguns and Uzis (handheld machine guns), sign to each other if they need to be quiet, speak in code indicating levels of danger, frisk anyone who comes in, wear bulletproof vests, have radios or pins on their lapels and always ready to make an arrest. But they are trained to be polite and discreet. Reporter have to have an appointment to see the president. They can even cancel an event if need be.


Marianne Taylor: Taylor. Bob and Marianne Taylor.
Cynthia: Just bear with me one second.
Marianne Taylor: There are other hotels in Miami.
Cynthia: I'm sorry.
Marianne Taylor: What is the problem? We made these reservations over six months ago.
Cynthia: I know, ma'am, I'm just not seeing it.
Marianne Taylor: Well, where's Lisa? Lisa always ...


Throughout the film, you can see that Jackson Rippner's eyebrows are visibly thicker or thinner in some scenes. Due to playing a trans-gendered female in Breakfast on Pluto (2005) prior to Red Eye, Cillian Murphy (Jackson) had had his eyebrows tweezed for that role.


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Tom Mesmer
Performed by Soho Vamp


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