Red Eye (film)


Red Eye (film)

Infobox Film
name = Red Eye


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director = Wes Craven
producer = Chris Bender
Marianne Maddalena
writer = Carl Ellsworth (screenplay and story)
Dan Foos (story)
narrator =
starring = Rachel McAdams
Cillian Murphy
Brian Cox
Jayma Mays
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cinematography =
editing =
distributor = DreamWorks SKG
released = August 19, 2005
runtime = 80 min.
country = USA
language = English
budget = $26 million
gross = $95,577,774
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followed_by =
website = http://www.redeye-themovie.com/
amg_id = 1:313930
imdb_id = 0421239

"Red Eye" is a 2005 thriller film, directed by Wes Craven and written by Carl Ellsworth (screenplay and story) and Dan Foos (story). Rachel McAdams plays a hotel manager ensnared in an assassination plot by Cillian Murphy while aboard a red eye flight to Miami. The film score was composed and conducted by Marco Beltrami.

Plot

Lisa Reisert (played by Rachel McAdams) has a fear of flying, and after attending her grandmother's funeral in Dallas, Texas, she has to take a night flight (called a red-eye flight; hence the movie title) to Miami, Florida. She meets Jackson Rippner (played by Cillian Murphy) — whom she initially finds charming — and ends up having a drink with him while they wait to board their delayed flight.

When boarding, Lisa is pleasantly surprised to find that her seat is next to Jackson's. After the plane taks off, Rippner reveals that he is a terrorist operative working for a group who intends to assassinate the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Charles Keefe (played by Jack Scalia) and his family, and Lisa is instrumental in their plans because of her job at the Lux Atlantic Hotel (where the Keefe family is staying) as acting manager. If she refuses to cooperate, Rippner will deploy a hitman to kill her father, Joe (played by Brian Cox) at his home in Miami. Reisert has no way of getting help without jeopardizing her father's safety, and the longer she waits, the harder it will be to prevent the murder.

She tries desperately to save the day. Her first attempt is when she tries to write a warning in a woman's book. However, Rippner finds out, and he head butts her unconscious. She tries again by going into the bathroom and writing a warning on the mirror with soap. She tries to leave the bathroom but is stopped again. Rippner sees the message and shoves her back in.

Lisa begs Rippner not to kill her father. He responds to her by telling her not to gamble with her father's life. He then notices the scar above Lisa's breast and begins asking her about the scar's history. Lisa refuses to answer and Rippner then starts choking her because she is not being honest with him when he had been nothing but brutally honest with her. After letting go of her throat, he starts erasing the writing on the mirror while she is gasping for breath.

The assassination plan is to use a portable missile launcher from a boat in a nearby harbor and fire it at the hotel. The problem is that the Deputy Secretary likes to stay in a different suite, one that faces the city (away from the harbor). In order to assassinate him, Rippner must force Lisa to make a phone call from the airplane and order the hotel staff to change his reservation from Room 3825 to a particular suite (Suite 4080) that faces the harbor.

After one failed attempt due to turbulence from the storm in which the telephone was disconnected, Lisa successfully makes the phone call, and the hotel staff moves the politician to the targeted suite. Rippner still needs Lisa as he can't let her and her father go until he gets a phone call confirming that the Keefes are successfully asassinated. The Secret Service checks and clears that room, and the Secretary settles in with his family.

After the airplane lands and arrives at the gate, Lisa tells Rippner about the history of her scar, before stabbing Rippner in the throat with a pen, stealing his cell phone and bolting off the plane into the terminal. Lisa runs through the airport, narrowly escaping security and steals a car so that she can drive to her father's house in order to save him before Rippner can call the hit man. On the way, she makes a cell phone call to the hotel to warn them to evacuate immediately and that the deputy director is a target of an assassination plot. The Secret Service gets the Secretary and his family out of the room just seconds before the Javelin missile is fired and hits the hotel.

At the end of the film, Lisa rushes to her father's house to see if he's safe. She finds the hit-man outside the front door, where she runs him over with the SUV, crashing through the front of the house. Lisa's father stumbles out of the kitchen, shocked at the man who was lying dead in the foyer and tells her that the police are already on their way.

While Lisa calls her hotel to see if everything is alright, Jackson Rippner shows up and knocks out her father so that he can deal with her first. He chases her through the house with a knife and throws her down a flight of stairs. Lisa crawls down the last few steps, where a gun is lying next to the dead hitman. She threatens Jackson with the gun. Jackson attempts to escape but Lisa shoots him before he can. He kicks the gun out of her hand and grabs her by the hair when finally, Lisa's father shoots Rippner as the police arrive, though whether he actually dies is unknown.

At the hotel, the Homeland Secretary and the Secret Service are grateful to Lisa and her assistant Cynthia, who also helped save the day by pulling the fire alarm.

Production

This film was written for Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn. However, Wes Craven decided to go with younger leads who weren't as recognizable.

Because of Cillian Murphy's thick Irish accent, Wes Craven was unsure if he would be able to pull off Jackson Ripner, since the chracter was specifically written as an American. [cite video| people = Craven, Wes| title = "Making "Red Eye"| medium = "Red Eye" (DVD special features)]

Cast

*Rachel McAdams as Lisa Reisert
*Cillian Murphy as Jackson Rippner
*Brian Cox as Joe Reisert
*Jayma Mays as Cynthia
*Jack Scalia as Charles Keefe
*Colby Donaldson as Body Guard
*Beth Toussaint as Lydia Keefe

Reception

Unlike most thrillers, "Red Eye" was widely praised prior to the theatrical release, and has since earned an overall rating of 79% on [http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/red_eye/ Rotten Tomatoes] and 71 on [http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/redeye Metacritic] .

In South Korea, this film was released as "나이트 플라이트" ("Night Flight") to distinguish from the Korean film of the same name, which was released in the same year. [cite web|title = http://www.movist.com/movies/movie.asp?mid=22590|url = http://www.movist.com/movies/movie.asp?mid=22590]

"Red Eye" also gained high praise from many popular publications, including "The Washington Post", "Rolling Stone", "Entertainment Weekly", "Los Angeles Times", "The New York Times", and the "Chicago-Sun Times"' Roger Ebert. The film grossed $57,891,803 domestically, doubling the estimated $26,000,000 budget. Internationally the film also grossed an additional $37,685,971, making its total to $95,577,774. "Red Eye" also proved to be a hit with rentals, grossing an additional $49,620,000. With only $26 million budget, Red Eye made a total of $145,191,774.

References

External links

* [http://www.redeye-themovie.com/ Official site]
* [http://www.apple.com/trailers/dreamworks/red_eye/RE_trailer_medium.html Red Eye Movie Trailer]
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