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Eh!? "Red Eye" flight? They really call them that!? 
20th-Aug-2005 08:02 pm
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Yeah, color me naïve; my mother had to explain the title of the new Wes Craven film Red Eye to me. (^^; Having done a lot of long flights in coach over the past few years, however, I found myself quite taken with the reality of that particular setting. It was particularly convincing.

In any case, the film really wasn't that bad, as such things go. Of course the plot was painfully predictable and the editing textbook standard. And it wasn't as schlocky *or* scary as Scream. Still. The high points were definitely the actors. Rachael McAdams and Cillian Murphy evince far greater range than really was required for such stock roles. McAdams was a heck of a lot stronger a heroine that is required for such thriller/slasher flicks, and her thousand-watt smile and earnest yet subtly strong expression reminds me a bit of Geena Davis. Murphy was of course awesome and pulled off the romantic comedy bits in the beginning of the film quite admirably; I hope he isn't forever typecast as the horror flick or crazed villain actor of choice. I was never quite convinced by the Murphy-as-terrorist/contract killer, but he sure makes a great violent psychotic! Amazing, really, when you consider how good-looking the guy is and how you'd so not expect someone like that to be the quintessential movie monster.

In any case, Red Eye was good entertainment, lightweight truth-in-advertising. Worth seeing if you have nothing better to do, but there are hundreds of films more worth your time. (Cillian Murphy fangirls exempt, of course. If you're one of them, this film refunds its price of admission several times over in sheer Cillian eyecandy. ^_~ )
21st-Aug-2005 12:19 am (UTC)
If I'm thinking of the right guy, Murphey played Scarecrow in Batman Begins as well, and was terrifically creepy.
21st-Aug-2005 12:21 am (UTC)
Yep, he did. ^_^ I think that's where he first blipped on the fangirls' radar, I believe. ^^; I saw him first as the star of rather cheesy the British horror flick 28 Days Later.
21st-Aug-2005 12:24 am (UTC)
28 Days Later was awesome, in a creepy cheese-fest sort of way. Much better than your average horror-suspense flick, I thought.

I think I prefer him as a creepy villain - he just does it so well that it seems a shame to cast him in anything else. Understated academic creepiness is underrated, I think.
21st-Aug-2005 12:26 am (UTC)
28 Days later reminded me a bit of Resident Evil...but I thought the Resident Evil movie was more slick and more fun. ^^;

I think Murphy has a kind of vampiric appeal, actually. You know, someone who's almost too beautiful, it's got to be supernatural and maybe sinister. But I was really surprised how well he did the "normal guy" in the beginning of Red Eye. Sometimes your beauty works against you, but he was able to overcome that.
21st-Aug-2005 01:14 am (UTC)
You should see him in a movie called Breakfast with Pluto (?). He was in drag and looked even more beautiful than the women near him^_^
21st-Aug-2005 01:15 am (UTC)
*laughs* I've never even heard of it. Is it a British film? What's it about?

(Not surprised that he has a history of drag, though. He's got a pretty-enough face for it.)
21st-Aug-2005 10:28 am (UTC)
I think it's British. I'm not sure about the plot, but someone on my Flist posted high-res pics of him from that movie.

And wow. You just want to drag him to the nearest bed and do him. He's that pretty^_~
21st-Aug-2005 11:36 am (UTC)
*digs a bit* Wow, that film hasn't even come *out* in the US. No wonder I'd never heard of it.

You just want to drag him to the nearest bed and do him. He's that pretty^_~

Well, I don't know if I'd go *that* far... ^_~
21st-Aug-2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't know if I'd go *that* far.

Honestly? I'm tempted^_~

How many men do you know that look gorgeous with softly curling hair, make-up with liptsick and eye shadow? I had to blink and make sure it wasn't a woman I was looking at^^
21st-Aug-2005 02:34 pm (UTC)
You *really* need to see Bad Education. Now the guy in *that* film was gorgeous. ^_^ I also like the face of the singer Josh Groban.
21st-Aug-2005 08:27 pm (UTC)
You wouldn't have any caps would you?
21st-Aug-2005 08:38 pm (UTC)
No, not one me. ^^;;;

I don't know how to do screencaps, anyway. Care to educate me?
21st-Aug-2005 08:43 pm (UTC)
Neither do I, but I meant if you knew any sites that had screencaps.
21st-Aug-2005 08:48 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Well. *digs around*

Here's the *coughs* eyecandy parts of Bad Education:

The actor in question, Gael Garcia Bernal, can be seen in less err compromising positions here:
21st-Aug-2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
*dies laughing*

It's like scenes from every PWP yaoi fic in existence^_^
21st-Aug-2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
*dies laughing* But the movie is so much *more* than just those scenes. You really need to see it, if possible. ^_^

Isn't the guy just gorgeous, though? ^___^
21st-Aug-2005 02:04 am (UTC)
I never tagged Cillian as the villain type until I saw him as Crane XD. And I really can't remember an American horror movie that was particularly scary...hell, I was more terrified of Unsolved Mysteries as a kid.

Red eye refers to the late night/early morning flights, right?
21st-Aug-2005 02:07 am (UTC)
Red eye refers to the late night/early morning flights, right?

*nods* Apparently so...though it would seem to apply to domestic flights only.

I never tagged Cillian as the villain type until I saw him as Crane XD.

I wouldn't have, either. Definitely the horror-movie type, though, considering his portfolio. (He's approaching Hugo Weaving in the arena of sheer weirdness.) What did you see him in before Batman Begins? ^_^
21st-Aug-2005 02:22 am (UTC)
Hm...Hugo Weaving? Weirdness? I saw him in Girl with the Pearl Earring before, but honestly didn't recognize him in BB until I read the cast list ^^;
21st-Aug-2005 02:25 am (UTC)
Hugo Weaving = gay realtors, elf kings, computer viruses, and drag queens. Weird? Nah... ^_~

The first time I saw Murphy was in 28 Days Later--and boy does he look better without that beard! XD
21st-Aug-2005 03:35 am (UTC)
XD; You're right, he certainly has been all over. What's the gay realtor from?

Completely agree with you. His cleanshaven look's much better. Also the smoother hairstyle as opposed to random scruffy bicycle messenger ;;;
21st-Aug-2005 11:35 am (UTC)
What's the gay realtor from?

Bedrooms & Hallways. I've never seen the movie, but for some reason, I remember thinking that he was a gay realtor in it. ^^; (On hindsight, may be wrong, though... >_< )

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