“Where are the coffee and doughnuts? You can’t have a stakeout without coffee and doughnuts.”
Ah, a rewatch here on my side again. I don’t really know if this movie was very big or successful overseas, but it was not massive over here. I caught it on television one night, and I must say, I was entertained. I watched it yesterday again, and it still had that going for it.
Disturbia follows the story of Kale (Shia LaBeouf). A happy teenager with a good life, that world is ripped from him on the way home from a fishing trip with his father, Daniel (Matt Craven), when they are in a terrible accident – twice. Kale watches his father die, and his life is transformed forever. Now the brooding, angry teenager, things get out of hand in Spanish class one day when his homework is not completed and the teacher, Senor Gutierrez (Rene Rivera) says slightly too much, and Kale retaliates by beating his teacher.
Now under house arrest and extremely unhappy about it, he retreats to his home and tries to do “constructive” things as his officer advised. His mother, Julie (Carrie-Anne Moss), is at her wits end with Kale, and cancels his X-Box Live and iTunes accounts, trying to encourage him to do more. His best friend, Ronnie (Aaron Yoo), is on vacation, but a new girl moves in next door. With nothing left to do, Kale turns to observing the neighbours all day, and is amazed by all the things that people do when they think no one is watching. The girl next door, Ashley (Sarah Roemer), and Kale strike up an odd friendship.
However, after listening to too much news and looking for too long, he starts noticing things about his neighbour, Mr Turner (David Morse). Mr Turner is setting off alarm bells in Kale’s head, and his paranoia kicks into overdrive. Is he living next to a serial killer? Ashley and Ronnie get involved, and together they work towards ascertaining that Mr Turner is a wanted man. Unfortunately for them, Kale does not exactly have a strong standing with the cops, and his friends have been doing some illegal things to get proof that as of yet has to incriminate the all powerful Mr Turner.
Can Kale and his friends gather enough proof to convince the authorities that there is a criminal staying next door? Will they be able to avoid coming to blows with the crazy neighbour and stay alive, out of his range?
Disturbia scores 6.5/10. I found it to be entertaining in that movie night kind of way. It was a movie for teens more than anything, but it was put together rather well. It passes time simply, and keeps you giggling in that ridiculous adolescent kind of way. All in all, not the worst thing you could watch on a lazy Sunday afternoon, and it doesn’t require overly ridiculous amounts of brainpower to follow, making it an easy watch.