DISTURBIA is a fun modernization of REAR WINDOW, updated for the Information Age of video games, webcams, and cell phones. It finds a troubled young teen who is sentenced to house arrest after a violent episode at school. With nothing left to do, he takes to watching the neighbors, but finds out more than he wanted to when he witnesses a series of suspicious activities taking place next door. For a polished Teen Horror flick, it delivers plenty of action, comedy, and suspense in a pretty little package. Shia LeBeouf hits his stride as the average, everyday boy next door in a winning performance that is single-handedly responsible for the overall success of the picture. The script is smart and well written considering its target audience, which allows for a greater appeal to both the teen and older Horror crowds. Where the film makes its greatest misstep is in its largely overblown finale, which would have been much more effective if it had been scaled back to a more subtle end. While it doesn't reinvent the wheel, DISTURBIA makes for an entertaining watch with a fresh twist on the voyeuristic theme laid out in the Hitchcock classic.
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