Friday, August 19, 2005

New York Daily News - Entertainment - Jami Bernard: Red Eye

A top-flight airline thriller,
'Red Eye' delivers the goods
Red Eye. With Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Jayma Mays. Directr: Wes Craven (1:26). PG-13: Violence, language.

There's danger in the skies, and it's not from foreign terrorists. In Wes Craven's tight, tense thriller "Red Eye," a pretty hotel manager (Rachel McAdams) finds herself seated in coach next to a creepy guy - and her flight only gets bumpier when she finds out what he's after.

Lisa Reisert (McAdams) is a scrappy workaholic taking a red-eye flight home to Miami after her grandmother's funeral in Texas. Carl Ellsworth's crisp screenplay hands Lisa a bouquet of interesting traits even before she's buckled into her seat - she's mentally agile and has nerves of steel, all good for handling whiny customers and VIPs at the luxury hotel where she works. She's also sensitive to other people, particularly those in service industries, which is why she speaks up when irate travelers take out their frustrations on an overwhelmed airline worker.

But she's also unusually guarded, afraid to trust or to take a breather from herType A lifestyle. You can see her wrestle with herself when another passenger on her delayed flight asks her to have a drink with him while they wait in the terminal. She's so unused to social interaction, she's not sure she's reading the warning signs correctly.

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