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Blockbuster Tuesday: Red Eye


Red Eye

Cast: Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox

Director: Wes Craven

Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) hates to fly, but the terror that awaits her on the night flight to Miami has nothing to do with a fear of flying.

Upon boarding the plane, Lisa is pleasantly surprised to find that she is seated next to Jackson (Cillian Murphy), the seemingly charming man with whom she had shared a drink - and perhaps even a brief flirtation - in the airport terminal.

But moments after takeoff, Jackson drops his facade and menacingly reveals the real reason he's on board: he is an operative in a plot to kill the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.. and Lisa is the key to its success. If she refuses to cooperate, her own father will be killed by an assassin awaiting a call from Jackson.

Trapped within the confines of a jet at 30,000 feet, Lisa has nowhere to run and no way to summon help without endangering her father, her fellow passengers and her own life. As the miles tick by, Lisa knows she is running out of time as she desperately looks for a way to thwart her ruthless captor and stop a terrible murder.

Director Wes Craven - best known for such classic horror films as A Nightmare on Elm Street and the Scream film series - adopted a more subtle approach to keeping audiences on the edge of their seats in Red Eye.

"This is definitely not a horror film; it's a psychological thriller," he states. "There aren't people being chased by a maniac with a butcher knife, and nobody wears a mask - except in the sense of presenting himself as one thing and then turning out to be something totally different. After all," he smiles, "you never know who you are going to sit next to on a plane."

Trivia: Rachel McAdams was knocked out for 30 minutes when Cillian Murphy missed the place to throw her in the plane bathroom scene.


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