Red Eye (American film)

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Red Eye
Directed byWes Craven
Produced byChris Bender
Marianne Maddalena
Screenplay byCarl Ellsworth
Story byCarl Ellsworth
Dan Foos
StarringRachel McAdams
Cillian Murphy
Brian Cox
Jayma Mays
Music byMarco Beltrami
CinematographyRobert D. Yeoman
Editing byPatrick Lussier
Stuart Levy
Distributed byDreamWorks Pictures
Release date(s)
  • August 19, 2005 (2005-08-19)
Running time85 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Russian
Budget$26 million
Box office$95,577,774
 
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Red Eye
Directed byWes Craven
Produced byChris Bender
Marianne Maddalena
Screenplay byCarl Ellsworth
Story byCarl Ellsworth
Dan Foos
StarringRachel McAdams
Cillian Murphy
Brian Cox
Jayma Mays
Music byMarco Beltrami
CinematographyRobert D. Yeoman
Editing byPatrick Lussier
Stuart Levy
Distributed byDreamWorks Pictures
Release date(s)
  • August 19, 2005 (2005-08-19)
Running time85 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Russian
Budget$26 million
Box office$95,577,774

Red Eye is a 2005 thriller film directed by Wes Craven and starring Rachel McAdams as a hotel manager ensnared in an assassination plot by a terrorist (Cillian Murphy) while aboard a red-eye flight to Miami. The film score was composed and conducted by Marco Beltrami.

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Plot

After attending her grandmother's funeral in Dallas, Texas, Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) takes a red-eye flight to Miami, Florida. While in the check-in line she meets Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy).

When boarding, Lisa discovers that Jackson is on the same flight and seated beside her. After take 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 (Jack Scalia) and his family. Lisa is instrumental in their plans because of her job as Acting Manager at the Lux Atlantic Hotel where the Keefe family is staying. The assassination plan is to use a portable missile launcher from a boat in a nearby harbor and fire it at the hotel. In order for this to work, Rippner must force Lisa to make a phone call from the in-flight phone and order the hotel staff to change his reservation to a suite facing the harbor. If she refuses to cooperate, he will deploy a hitman to kill her father, Joe (Brian Cox), at his home in Miami.

Lisa attempts to find a way to keep both her father and Keefe safe. When she first places a call to the hotel, answered by her friend, Cynthia (Jayma Mays), the line goes dead midway through the conversation, and Lisa tries to fool Rippner into thinking she is still ordering the room change. She then makes two unsuccessful tries to alert the other passengers to the danger.

When the phone line comes back on, Lisa makes the phone call, and the hotel staff move the politician to the targeted suite. After the call, she asks Rippner to call off the man outside her father's house, but refuses until he has confirmation of the assassination.

As the plane lands, Lisa incapacitates Rippner, takes his phone and flees the plane and terminal, narrowly escaping both Rippner and airport security. Once outside, she steals a nearby SUV. She once again calls the hotel, alerting Cynthia of the danger. Cynthia pulls the fire alarm to evacuate the building and rushes to warn Keefe and his family, who are in the targeted suite. Cynthia, the Keefes and their Secret Service operatives manage to escape the room seconds before a Javelin missile hits.

Lisa, still driving, tries to call her father, but the cell phone's battery dies. She rushes to her father's house, arriving to find the hitman outside his door, and runs him down. Lisa finds her father inside, and he tells her that he has called the police. While Lisa phones the hotel to check in, Rippner arrives and knocks out her father. He chases her through the house with a knife and throws her down a flight of stairs. Lisa retrieves the dead hitman's gun from the floor and threatens Rippner with it. He attempts to escape, but Lisa shoots him before he can. He disarms and attacks her when, finally, Lisa's father shoots Rippner, incapacitating him as the police finally arrive.

Later at the hotel, the Homeland Secretary and the Secret Service thank Lisa and Cynthia for saving the Secretary and his family from the assassination.

Cast

Reception

Critical response

Red Eye has received generally positive reviews with aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes[1] reporting that of 186 critics, 79% have given the film a positive review with a consensus, "With solid performances and tight direction from Wes Craven, Red Eye is a brisk, economic thriller." Also, review aggregate Metacritic[2] has given the film a weighted score of 71% based on 36 reviews which indicate generally favorable reviews.

Critics also praised the performances of Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy with Roger Ebert stating on his review that McAdams' "performance is so convincing because she keeps it at ground level" and that "she remains plausible even when the action ratchets up around her." He also praised Murphy for his "ability to modulate his character instead of gnashing the scenery" and mentioned that McAdams and Murphy are "very effective together."

Red Eye also gained high praise from many publications, including The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and the Chicago Sun-Times.

Box office

The film grossed $57,891,803 domestically, doubling the estimated $26 million budget. Internationally the film also grossed an additional $37,685,971, making its total to $95,577,774.[3] Red Eye also proved to be a hit with rentals, grossing an additional $49,620,000.[4]

Awards and nominations

Awards
AwardCategoryNameOutcome
Golden Trailer AwardsBest ThrillerNominated
Irish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Feature FilmCillian MurphyNominated
MTV Movie AwardsBest PerformanceRachel McAdamsNominated
Saturn AwardsBest Action/Adventure/Thriller FilmNominated
Best ActressRachel McAdamsNominated
Best Supporting ActorCillian MurphyNominated
Teen Choice AwardsMovies - Choice ThrillerWon
Movie - Choice ScreamRachel McAdamsNominated
Choice SleazebagCillian MurphyNominated

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