Director: D.J. Caruso
Hang on. The makers of this film say it’s not a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, Rear Window? Hu-yeah, ok. That is simply ridiculous as Disturbia is most definitely a u-tube generation, teeny-bopper remake of the aforementioned classic. And as much as I loved the original and was looking forward to tearing a strip off another bastardization, I’m forced to admit it isn’t that bad.
The plot which takes more than half the film to establish, revolves around an average kid played by Shia LaBeouf (yes that is his real name). The Beef gets all depressed after witnessing his fathers death, slugs a teacher, and is put on house arrest. Then, after mom cuts his iTunes and Xbox off, he resorts to the classic teen pastime of spying on neighbors. Luckily there is no lack of spying material as he is surrounded by bratty kids, a hot girl next door, and of course, the creepy guy who’s probably a killer. And what would a teen movie be without the comedic relief aptly played by the delightful Aron Yoo.
What follows is pretty much what you expect. Suspense and thrills without ever knowing if anyone is actually going to get hurt. If nothing else, this film would be good to toss in a time capsule for it certainly nails today’s teen life filled with cell phones, video cameras and u-tube. Although I wouldn’t go so far as to say this is a must see, for a teen thriller I’m sure you’ve seen worse.