Red Eye Film Analysis

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Red Eye is quite possibly my favorite non-slasher from Wes Craven. It's full of suspense, dread and in my opinion some of the best acting to come out of 2005. Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy carry this film on pure chemistry and intensely memorable performances that linger after viewing, coupled with Wes Craven's growth is a director which is very apparent when viewing this film so soon after some of his earlier works. I hadn't seen this film since the year it was released and was excited to revisit it, wondering if it would hold up and be as good as I remembered it. It was.

Red Eye follows Lisa Reisert (Racheal McAdams) the acting manager of Lux Atlantic a prestigious hotel, catching the Red Eye flight back home after attending her grandmothers
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While I have already praised both McAdams and Murphy, the rest of the cast are almost as good. I say almost because one or two do ham it up just a little. But, I kinda like that. This film has tons on notable actors in minor roles, Brian Cox, Jayma Mays and Kyle Gallner (who is a small cameo role) being those that stand out the most.

While Red Eye is technically a thriller, and ends on an upbeat note diffusing any lingering negative emotions. Red Eye has more than enough dread, foreboding and terror for me classify it as a horror film. If Bitten is a horror film, than so is Red Eye. Wes Cravens yeas as a horror director really shine here and the close claustrophobic atmosphere he creates is chilling as it memorable.

Final thoughts, like I said this is my favorite non-slasher that I've seen by Wes Craven and with so many outstanding films, I think that says a lot about the quality of this film. Red Eye is tense, story driven and impeccably cast and I wish more films came out in this vein. Red Eye also sports what might be the smallest body count of any Wes Craven film I've seen at a grand total of two. So if you're looking for a film that will scare you, while putting on edge of your seat while lot being bloody or gorey. Well than this just might be the film for you.

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