Paramount / 100 minutes / extras / region 4

Shia LaBeof, Sarah Roemer, David Morse, Carrie-Ann Moss

My first reaction on reading the plot of Disturbia was that if I wanted to watch a Rear Windowesque type of movie then I would return to the master of the genre and actually watch Rear Window. That was a mistake of course as I would have then missed out on an entertaining, decidedly tense and at times scary flick.

Shia LaBoef plays Kale Bracht, a teenager confined to his room after being charged with assault (he is suffering following the death of his father and struggles to contain his anger after his Spanish teacher has a go at him), as a way of staving off boredom he takes to spying on his neighbours, when he spots his neighbour Robert Turner returning home in a bashed up 1967 Ford Mustang he realises that the car matches the description of one being used by a serial killer. Drawing his friend Ronnie and girl across the street Ashley (whom the pair have also been spying on) into the mystery the trio are soon fighting for their lives.

Although being touted as an homage rather than a remake there are so many remade scenes that the phrase is pretty redundant, it is a remake of Rear Window no matter what director DJ Caruso says. Although there are also nods to other movies too such as The Shining and The Silence of the Lambs. It’s a good watch though and the teen audience the movie is aimed at have probably never even heard of Alfred Hitchcock never mind Rear Window.

Extras include audio commentary from director and cast, a making of featurette, deleted scenes and out-takes, a pop up quiz, a music video, photo gallery and the original theatrical trailer.

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