Disturbia movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This gripping and surprising crime-related drama-thriller contains lots of tension, making it best for teens. Disturbia is also surprisingly quite enjoyable.


When a teenager is placed under house arrest, he befriends the new girl in town and starts spying on his neighbour who he is convinced is a serial killer.

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Movie details

Director: D. J. Caruso
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Sarah Roemer, Aaron Yoo, David Morse, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jose Pablo Cantillo
Writer: Christopher Landon, Carl Ellsworth
Release Date (Australia): 12 April 2007
Runtime: 105 minutes/1h 45m
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Language: English, Spanish

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

Themes in the film include murder, death and several disturbing scenes that feature sustained threat and depictions of corpses.

Violence (M)

The film contains depictions of people being stabbed and hit with objects, as well as bone-breaking detail and bloody spatter.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains a single and brief use of “motherf**ker”, as well as use of the words “s**t”, “ass”, “damn” and “hell”.

Nudity (PG)

The film contains brief depictions of a woman’s partially obscured breasts.

Sex (PG)

The film contains several sexual references including use of the word “horny” and references to pornography.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for sequences of terror and violence, and some sensuality)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Disturbia lacks the ability to clench your attention at first, but quickly blends into one of the most exhilarating and rattling teen mysteries you’ll probably ever see. It’s definitely too violent and intense for kids, but is a perfectly terrifying entry for a teen’s arrival to the thrilling mystery genre. Honestly, it’s mainly just the introduction to the story that’s flat enough to have you lose your interest. But with enough patience for the portrayal of average-appearing teens, Disturbia starts to build the tension faster and faster.

To be firm, Shia LaBeouf’s acting starts off a little predictable. In fact, the whole film starts of extremely predictable and it has you believing that it’s just another one of those dumb teen movies. However, LaBeouf’s performance and the rest of the cast’s performances superbly begin improving at the same pace that Disturbia’s energy begins building.

Avoid all spoilers and experience the outstanding tension for yourself. Viewers can rest assured that every detail of the mystery will uncover and they’ll leave satisfied. All that needs to be anticipated is the seriously gripping tension throughout the well-crafted puzzle. It’s very well-designed and is a pleasing surprise to everyone who expected an averagely tedious tale. The direction is excellent, the tension is marvellous and, for the last time, the mystery is phenomenally-crafted, smart and solid.

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