Red Eye (2005)

dir. Wes Craven

Both Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy are usually consistently brilliant performers, but there’s an exception to every rule. Murphy is especially bewildering in this film – he stars as the antagonist, blackmailing Rachel McAdams’ Lisa on a plane, and by the end he’s genuinely rasping and snarling like an angry monster that’s crawled out of a lake. It’s supposed to be about the terror that could befall any one of us innocent people when we least expect it, but it’s so profoundly dumb that it’s much more funny than it is scary. From airport to airplane to Lisa’s father’s home, Murphy’s character’s inability to corner his prey makes you wonder why they’d hire someone so inept in a terrorist organisation. Maybe solely due to the hilarity of his name: Jackson Rippner. Really.

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