Parents' Guide to

Red Eye

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Entertaining thriller for teens and up.

Movie PG-13 2005 85 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 10+

No gore, sex, just suspense

The movie has a very strong female leading role character. The movie does not contain and any sex, no blood accept for a bit at the end when the evil man is shot. It does have the word "shit" a few times. I think kids could be scared by the fast paced action. It's a thriller. Our 9 year old sat through it and was on the edge of their seat but not scared.
age 14+

An Intense and entertaining thriller

I thought this was a very well made thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat. It's got very good performances and great action too. This film should be ok for anyone who can handle some intensity and moderate levels of violence. Overall a magnificent thrill fest that will leave you speechless.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (15 ):

An entertaining, mostly smart scary movie, Wes Craven's RED EYE effectively updates the slasher flick to address current fears. The monster here is no lumbering and disfigured nightmare, but instead an attractive, slightly built mercenary -- a terrorist for hire. While the specifics of the terrorist plot only get more outrageous, it establishes a recognizable and nervous-making context and gives Lisa all sorts of opportunities to assert her resistance to being bullied, to stand up for her country, and save her dad. That is, she becomes the Last Girl of slasher films, an action hero, and a domestic defender, all in one swoop.

This multiplication of her roles is helped along when she makes Jackson angry on landing, deciding that she will not participate in the terror plot or pretend it's not her job to stop it. She is the ideal citizen, post-9/11. Inexplicably, the professional Jackson takes her resistance personally, and ends up chasing her to her home. This likens him to the horror movie monsters who invade homes (Freddy Krueger among them) and only compounds Red Eye's many metaphorical allusions to "homeland security." Tough, ingenious, and completely fun to watch, Lisa makes the narrative absurdities seem irrelevant.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: August 19, 2005
  • On DVD or streaming: January 10, 2006
  • Cast: Brian Cox , Cillian Murphy , Rachel McAdams
  • Director: Wes Craven
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: DreamWorks
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 85 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some intense sequences of violence, and language
  • Last updated: December 19, 2023

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