Red Eye

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Hotel manager Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams), who is terrified of flying, must fly home to Miami on a stormy night after the death of her grandmother in Texas. While waiting for the flight, she meets Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy) who invites her to a bar for a drink and nachos. Lisa ends up in the seat next to Jackson on the plane and, in conversation, discovers that he is involved in a plot to assassinate the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, who is due to arrive at Lisa’s hotel within hours. Lisa is horrified to hear that she has a role in his assassination. Her refusal to give in to Jackson’s demands will seal the fate of her unsuspecting father. Parked in front of his house is an assassin awaiting Jackson’s call. On the plane, the quick-thinking Lisa must find a way to save the deputy secretary and her father. The danger spreads to others onboard as the clock ticks.

Lisa finds herself on a terror-filled flight due to the evil intentions of a would-be assassin. With few special effects, Wes Craven has created a suspenseful movie that will keep viewers on edge. Cillian Murphy makes a superb bad guy whose appearance confirms that he is trouble. But in these turbulent days, it is difficult to be entertained by a movie that involves murdering the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. Several instances of unnecessary crude language, obscenities and profanity, along with violence prevent Red Eye from getting a positive rating. And the low regard for life is unsettling, particularly since children are to be included in the assassination. When questioned about the plan to kill, Jackson says, “Sometimes bad things happen to good people.” True, but we don’t need to watch it unfold on the big screen. Preview says let this plane fly without you.

Preview Reviewer: Henry J. Rogers

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few (4) times – strong (-ss 2, -sshole 2)

Obscene Language: Several (6) times – strong (s-word 6)

Profanity: Few (3) times – moderate (OMG 2, G 1)

Violence: Many times – moderate (man head-butts woman and knocks her out, woman stabs man in throat with a pen, man fires rocket at a hotel room, woman hits and kills man with a car, man and woman have prolonged fight in a house, woman head-butts man, woman shoots man with a gun, man shoots man with a gun)

Sex: None

Nudity: Few times – mild (woman takes off her blouse and is shown in her bra)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times – mild (after being in an airplane bathroom with a woman, man tells her “thanks for the quickie” and implies to flight attendants that he just had sex with her; woman tells man about a time when she had been raped)

Drugs: Few times – mild (alcohol consumption at a bar)

Other: None

Running Time: 85 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Adults

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