Review: Disturbia

As always, I will try my best to speak in general terms about the movie, but there might be some accidental spoilers, so please read with caution.

On Friday night, Josh and I watched Disturbia. The concept seemed cool — a potential serial killer living next-door to this kid, who was under house-arrest for three months and spying on his neighbors to pass the time — but I was a little reluctant to continue watching the movie after the first ten minutes… and not because it was scary (it took a while to get into the “scary” parts.)

Some of the dialog, pranks, etc. turned me off and made the movie seem like a “teen” movie than a genuine horror movie. Apparently, I am not the only one who noticed all of the “teen” stuff that the movie was riddled with. A review of the movie on IGN.com pointed out plugs for large companies that teenagers tend to be attracted to: Xbox 360 and XBox Live (Kale, the lead character, plays “Tony Hawk” and “Ghost Recon” games), Sony PSP, Apple iPod and iTunes (Kale mentions that his iPod is “60 gigs of his life”), Coke (in a scene where Kale and his father are fishing, the two drink coke out of glass bottles, triggering pseudo-nostalgia) and a reference to YouTube at the end of the movie. The characters also text message constantly and send picture messages of the potential next-door neighbor serial killer to one another. My oh my.

I did not think about these cliches as I was watching it (probably because it was midnight and I was sleepy.) Is that what Hollywood thinks about the kids of my generation? Fuck, that is pretty disheartening.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars