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Disturbia

Year: 2007
Production Co: Coldspring Pictures
Studio: Dreamworks
Director: D J Caruso
Producer: Ivan Reitman
Cast: Shia Lebouf, Sarah Roemer, Carrie Ann Moss, David Morse
I heard all about this Hitchcock-for-teens- when it was out and looked forward to seeing if it stacked up to the surprisingly flush box office.

Shia Lebouf's geeky charm goes a long way to making the high concept effective, and everything from the set design to the support characters all prop him up in a tense and effective thriller.

Rear Window for the digital age, sullen teen Kale (Lebouf) loses his father in a car accident and a year later finds himself under house arrest after decking a teacher who dares mention his father's name.

With nothing to do and his mother (Moss) having cancelled the various digital services that link him to the outside world, there's nothing for Kale to do except spy on his neighbours. One of them is Ashley, the hot girl who's recently moved in on one side (Roemer, an uninspiring actress in an uninspiring role that calls just as much for a piece of vapid eye candy as that of Lebouf's other high profile leading lady - Megan Fox from Transformers).

On the other is the enigmatic loner Turner (Morse, a brilliant piece of casting to use his icy stare and an impassive face that always looks like it hides a dangerous psychosis), and after seeing one too many disturbing goings-on, Kale decides he's the murderer that's all over the news.

Recruiting Ashley to help him spy on Turner, Kale is caught in the middle of some very suspenseful Hitchcockian sequences before the snap moment where everything turns and the troublemaker has to save the day.

Cool, modern and entertaining, with Lebouf hand-picked by Spielberg himself.

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