Shia LaBeouf stars in this neat reworking of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 classic, Rear Window. LaBeouf plays a troubled teenager who’s under house arrest after attacking his teacher.
He tries to keep boredom at bay by spying on his neighbours and is soon convinced that one (David Morse) is a serial killer – so he ropes in the new girl next door (Sarah Roemer) to hunt for the truth.
This tense slow-burner has plenty going for it, particularly the star performances of eager-beaver live-wire LaBeouf and skulking Morse. But the long, suspenseful build-up’s better than the hurried climax, while Carrie-Anne Moss is underused as LaBeouf’s unimpressed mom.