Cillian Murphy’s chilling blue eyes are guaranteed to be in your nightmares soon. The 29year-old Irishman was a scene stealer as the sadistic psychiatrist in Batman Begins earlier this summer. Now, in the Wes Craven thriller Red-Eye, Murphy cements his status as the creepiest villain on the big screen since Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs.
As Jackson Rippner (yes, it’s lame), Murphy terrorizes hotel manager Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) aboard a flight to Miami-threatening to have her father killed unless she helps set up the murder of a high-pro-
file politician staying at her hotel. Murphy turns on his death stare like a Hollywood veteran and McAdams, Canada’s girl-of-themoment, shows she’s more than just sappy (The Notebook) and funny (Wedding Crashers). In fact, she proves she’s ready for all of the butt-kicking film offers that will almost surely land in her agent’s inbox after Red-Eye's opening weekend.
Craven weaves in some wellplaced and unexpected humour amid the suspense-which is buoyed by the camera zooming in tightly on the stars’ faces (even Murphy’s pores are scary). At no point does the action drag. So even when you want to, you can’t look away. JOHN INTINI
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