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Disturbia (2007)



Critic Consensus: Aside from its clichéd resolution, Disturbia is a tense, subtle thriller with a noteworthy performance from Shia LaBeouf.

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Salton Sea director D.J. Caruso travels from the shore to the suburbs for this suspenseful tale of a high-school senior who suspects that his neighbor is a notorious serial killer. Kale (Shia LaBeouf) is a high-school senior who has yet to come to terms with the fact that his father is gone, the tragic victim of a fatal accident. As Kale's mother (Carrie-Anne Moss) struggles to pay the bills by picking up extra shifts at work, her son's behavior grows increasingly erratic. When an altercation at school finds Kale placed under court-ordered house arrest, the homebound student teams with newly arrived girl-next-door Ashley (Sarah Roemer) to investigate the suspicious neighbor (David Morse) whom Kale believes to be an elusive and wanted serial killer. Their attentions focused intensely on the man they believe to be a murderous maniac hiding in broad daylight, Kale and Ashley trespass down a dangerous path while attempting to discern whether his suspicions are grounded in fact or just a combination of deep depression and suffocating cabin fever. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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David Morse
as Mr. Turner
Aaron Yoo
as Ronnie
Jose Pablo Cantillo
as Officer Gutierrez
Matt Craven
as Daniel Brecht
Viola Davis
as Detective Parker
Elyse Mirto
as Mrs. Carlson
Brandon Caruso
as Greenwood Boy No. 1
Luciano Rauso
as Greenwood Boys
Luciano Caruso
as Greenwood Boy No. 2
Daniel Caruso
as Greenwood Boy No. 3
Kevin Quinn
as Mr. Carlson
Amanda Walsh
as Minnie Tyco
Gillian Shure
as Turner's Club Girl
Cindy Lou Adkins
as Mrs. Greenwood
Suzanne Rico
as News Anchor No. 1
Kent Shocknek
as News Anchor No. 2
Rene Rivera
as Señor Gutiérrez
Dominic Daniel
as Policeman
Cindy Lou Adtkins
as Mrs Greenwood
Lisa Tobin
as Big Wheel Mom
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Critic Reviews for Disturbia

All Critics (175) | Top Critics (55)

Like its attractive leads, director DJ Caruso's smart teen thriller may be self-conscious, but it is undeniably appealing,

July 23, 2008

Hitchcock would turn in his grave.

September 14, 2007 | Rating: 2/5

Take along a good book - possibly Ted Lewis's The Serpent - and read it by the light of the effulgent clichés.

September 14, 2007 | Full Review…

Disturbia's limits are those of its hero - an amiable, faintly clueless young man with a brief attention span.

September 14, 2007 | Full Review…

Despite the interesting set-up, the action degenerates into obvious implausibility and silliness - fatal for a suspense thriller - and boredom sets in.

September 14, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Not quite Rear Window, but can certainly hold its own with The 'Burbs.

September 14, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Disturbia


Enjoyable thriller. Doesn't try to hard but at the same time delivers everything you'd want from a thriller!

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A decent conversion of a Hitchcock classic to modern-day America. The leads are passable, the story is very predictable however, with an ending that ruins its one shot of suspense big time. It's still a pretty good movie for teens and the like to watch, since the two lead stars are obviously attractive and their relationship strengthens as the film goes on. It's a typical standard thriller, but it has enough humor and the use of technology is used very well, so it's probably worth a view.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

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Hardly an homage to "Rear Window", "Disturbia" steals the plotline from a classic and gives it a contemporary twist with surprisingly positive results. Swap out an injured photographer for a troubled kid with a past and a house-arrest leg-brace and you get partly the same claustrophobic and helpless feel that "Rear Window" injected into audiences. Shia LaBeouf is this kid and he gives off possibly his best performance in his entire career. He's convincing, emotional, and downright explosive. But let me get this out of the way: "Disturbia" is no "Rear Window"... at all. "Disturbia" may have taken the similar narrative, but in no ways does "Disturbia" execute in the same fashion or quality. The writing's off, the tone is geared more towards the teenage crowd, the storytelling isn't as suspenseful, cinematography is done in mainstream Hollywood fashion, and it has a clichà (C)d ending that interrupts the tension it built up. Now unlike "Rear Window", "Disturbia" decides to throw all the mystery aspects of its narrative out and make the suspense and tension aspect its focal point. And in many ways, "Disturbia" delivers. Despite the fact that it was fixated to bring a tense-filled experience, "Rear Window" is just a more suspenseful film that so happened to also be an intriguing character-piece, an engaging mystery, and a thought-provoking film. Despite high regards to the classic, "Disturbia" is not a bad film on its own nor is it only fixated on suspense. There is a subplot that involves LaBeouf's character's father and the subplot is absolutely riveting for the first few minutes. But this subplot is only a device that is used to hook the audiences with the character and the film. In no ways does it characterize with the main story arc by its finale. I asked myself, "So what was the point of that part of the story?" "Disturbia" gets a lot of things right. Unfortunately for the film, its overshadowed by a whole 'nother beast named "Rear Window". Like I said before, this is not a bad film, but it evidently shows how the quality of mainstream Hollywood filmmaking has declined from the time "Rear Window" was made. "Disturbia" is a perfect representation of what a 21st century film is like; "Rear Window" is a perfect representation of what a 20th century film is like. The result? "Disturbia" is clearly the inferior film but still worth a watch.

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