2007-11-26 17:28
What it's about:

When Kale (Shia LaBeouf) loses his father in a car accident he changes from a well adjusted teenager into a sullen and angry young man. His anger leads him to punch a teacher and get himself sentenced to house arrest. Now he must live with an electronic tracking device around his ankle which alerts the police if he strays more than a few metres from his front door. Bored and frustrated, he begins spying on his neighbours. But his voyeurism turns serious when he begins to suspect the man across the street of being a serial killer.

What we thought of it:

Remember the name Shia LaBeouf. If you don't know it already, you soon will. He has already starred in one of the biggest movies of the year – Transformers – and will appear opposite Harrison Ford in the new Indiana Jones movie. He's not the most talented actor of his generation, but he has that rarest of commodities – star power.

His magnetism, like that of most big stars, is something he's not even fully in control of yet. It comes from the gut, appealing to your instincts rather than your sense. From the word go you're on his side, no matter what his character does.

Good thing too, because Kale is a sullen brat for the first half of the film. It helps, though, that he's in the showy but capable hands of director DJ Caruso. With his visceral, intimate style, Caruso plays to all of LaBeouf's strengths, allowing the camera to luxuriate in his young star's presence.

LaBeouf also has some great co-stars to bounce off. Aaron Yoo is particularly amusing as Kale's highly strung best friend, and David Morse gives his creepiest performance to date as the suspected killer next door. The one disappointment is Carrie-Anne Moss as Kale's mother. It's a shame to see her in so bland a role.

As for the plot, it begins well enough, with promises to explore interesting ideas like voyeurism, loss and electronic ankle jewellery. Sadly, it degenerates into a standard thriller in which Caruso shows he knows how to ratchet up the tension when he needs to. But unless you have a real hankering to see Hollywood's newest wunderkind, you could easily wait for the DVD.

- Alistair Fairweather
If it weren't for the instantly likeable lead actor, the entertaining Disturbia would have been another ordinary teen thriller.

Ethan 2007/09/25 10:49 AM
Wait for the dvd Plays more like your typical America teen flick than a thriller. Not even worth the R21 I paid.
ernst swart 2007/09/26 1:03 PM
its okay... you know how sometimes you crave a waffle with icecream and syrup and chocolate sprinkles and hundreds-and-thousands - and a big doublethick chocolate milkshake - and you go to your favourite restaurant cos you heard that their's is the best and then you sit down and you order and you wait, and you wait - and you get served toast? its the same with disturbia. it builds up, and builds up, and builds up... and suddenly collapses. the killer is not scary at all - they should have cast someone else. and the ending is just too... abrupt. like this review.
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