RED EYE (2005) ONE, 8.30PM, M, THRILLER

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

Hor­ror mae­stro Wes Craven crafts his best film since Scream with this fea­ture that ratch­ets up the ten­sion to near un­bear­able lev­els.

Ho­tel man­ager Lisa Reis­ert (Rachel McA­dams) is about to board a flight from Dal­las back to Mi­ami when she en­coun­ters a hand­some stranger, du­bi­ously named Jack­son Ripp­ner (Cil­lian Murphy, pic­tured with McA­dams). Their mu­tual af­fec­tion grows when they wind up seated next to each other on the flight – but the chem­istry hits tur­bu­lence when Jack­son re­veals his true mo­tives.

Craven’s near real-time thriller is a smooth ride, com­bin­ing its plethora of ten­sion-packed se­quences with the sig­nal­ing of Note­book cutie McA­dams and Bat­man Be­gins bad-boy Murphy as bona-fide movie stars.

McA­dams has no prob­lem elic­it­ing the au­di­ence’s sym­pa­thy and the chill­ing, cul­tured Murphy is at his sadis­tic best. From take-off to land­ing, RedEye is stun­ning in-flight en­ter­tain­ment. ★★★

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