Disturbia (2007)

“Disturbia” was directed by DJ Caruso who previously did “Two For The Money” and “Taking Lives”. The film was co-written by Christopher Landon who would later go on to write the “Paranormal Activity” films (2-5). The film stars Shia LaBeouf, Sarah Roemer, David Morse Aaron Yoo, Viola Davis and Carrie-Ann Moss. The film is loosely based on the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock film, “Rear Window”.

After losing his father in a car accident, Kale Brecht (LaBeouf) becomes a trouble teenager with a short fuse. One day at school, he assaults one of his teachers. After charges are pressed, Sam is given sympathy from the judge and only sentenced to 3 months house arrest for the whole summer. Detective Parker (Davis) informs Kale of his perimeters during his sentencing. Kale’s mother, Julie (Moss) becomes more impatient as time goes on and Kale develops more distant. One day, Kale meets Ashley (Roemer), a new girl at school and his new neighbor. Kale begins watching Ashley and other neighbors, just to past the time. One neighbor in particular, Robert Turner (Morse), starts raise suspicion after Kale learns that he was blamed for the deaths of 3 teenagers. Kale goes from a simple watching to almost this obsession with Turner. His obsession leads to a dark game of cat and mouse as Turner picks up on Kale’s investigation. Kale uncovers a dark truth about the neighbor only to realize, he’s the next target.

Outside of his major blockbuster films such as, “Indiana Jones 4” and the “Transformers” trilogy, Shia LaBeouf had some hidden gems throughout his career, this one in particular was good. This was a pretty entertaining film for a thriller. The performances were actually pretty good and the tone comes off as a teenage horror film. There’s really isn’t anything that stands out outside of few interesting concepts and plot points. Other than that, its a typical and cliche film with solid performances and writing.

After this film, Shia LaBeouf continued his career appearing to more “Transformers” film as well as other action films like “Eagle Eye” ans the award winning film “Fury”. He also appeared in some more dramatic films such as “Lawless”, “The Peanut Butter Falcon”, “Honey Boy” and “American Honey”. LaBeouf would also in the 2010’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” alongside Michael Douglas which was the long awaited sequel to Douglas’ 1987 cult classic. He would play the controversial tennis player, John McEnroe in 2017’s “Borg VS McEnroe”. DJ Caruso would go on and direct “Eagle Eye” with LaBeouf but also 2011’s “I Am Number Four”, 2016’s “The Disappointments Room” and 2017’s “XXX: The Return of Xander Cage”.

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