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With: Shia LaBeouf, Sarah Roemer, Carrie-Anne Moss, David Morse, Aaron Yoo, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Matt Craven, Viola Davis, Brandon Caruso, Luciano Caruso, Daniel Caruso, Kevin Quinn, Elyse Mirto, Gillian Shure
Written by: Christopher Landon, Carl Ellsworth
Directed by: D.J. Caruso
MPAA Rating: PG-13 on appeal for sequences of terror and violence, and some sensuality
Running Time: 104
Date: 04/04/2007

Disturbia (2007)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Sheer 'Rear'

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

In a modern reworking of Rear Window, troubled teenager Kale (Shia LaBeouf) blames himself for his father's death; his behavior lands him under house arrest for the summer. Bored, he takes to looking out the windows. He meets cute new neighbor Ashley (Sarah Roemer) and begins to suspect foul play at the home of Mr. Turner (a silky, sinister David Morse). Though Hitchcock brilliantly used only one viewpoint, Disturbia expands to include all four sides of the house, plus modern technology. Director D.J. Caruso (Taking Lives) patiently builds suspense, but when the killer shows his hand, the film deteriorates into a typical slasher, complete with jerky angles, blurry footage and ridiculous, near-supernatural chases. With Carrie-Anne Moss and Aaron Yoo as a comical Asian sidekick.

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