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:: Disturbia

Disturbia has a premise of the classic thrillers of the past. Director D.J. Caruso takes the classic thriller for some modernising and cross-genre breeding. In the new telling, troubled seventeen-year-old Kale (Shia LaBeouf) finds himself under house arrest after he punches his Spanish teacher in the face.
That means a summer spent without the freedom to socialise or — thanks to his punishment-dispensing mother (Carrie-Anne Moss, The Matrix) — the luxuries of X-Box or iTunes. That leaves Kale with only two recreational technologies at his disposal: a cell phone and a pair of binoculars.

Before long, the blasé young teen has found a fascinating new hobby in spying on his neighbours. There's the adulterer, the smut-watching kids, the smoking hot new girl, and the mysterious loner next door. The latter two most pique Kale's interest and he soon has the alluring Ashley (Sarah Roemer) and his best friend Ronnie (Aaron Yoo) spying at his side.

At first a means of passing the time during an otherwise uneventful summer, the trio's stakeout soon develops into serious suspicion of Mr. Turner (David Morse), the neighbour whose match to the media's description of a loose serial killer is too close for comfort. Turner doesn't take kindly to their apparent observations but the unrelenting sleuths do not back off, intent on discovering the reason for his stealthy seclusion.

Calling Disturbia suspenseful is an understatement. Suspense suggests that the viewer anxiously awaits what will happen next. Disturbia does something more. It manages to engross the audience with a rarely reached level of attentive responsiveness. Disturbia contains keen psychological awareness and characters that are fully realised.

The acting in Disturbia is excellent. Shia LaBeouf proves himself worthy of all the recent buzz surrounding his recent launch to mega-stardom. Demonstrating a grasp on comedic and dramatic acting, LaBeouf turns out quite the memorable and engaging performance. Newcomers Sarah Roemer and Aaron Yoo hold their own with the lead, impressive enough in this film alone to earn themselves future work in big budget Hollywood. Rounding out the principal cast are veterans Carrie-Ann Moss and David Morse, both also deserving of praise.

Superb direction, cinematography, scoring, and soundtrack selection all contribute to the enthralling experience of watching Disturbia. The film's excellence is marred only be a few minor plot holes but are quickly forgotten as the story marches on.

DVD Extras

Deleted Scenes
Theatrical Trailer
Photo Gallery
The Making of Disturbia
Elements of a Thriller
Serial Pursuit Trivia Pop-Up / Quiz
Outtakes
CW Interstitials
2 Featurettes
Audio/Visual Commentary with DJ Caruso and Shia LaBeouf
Music Video – “Don’t Make Me Wait” by This World Fair