This review is two-fer because both films, Disturbia and Transformers, star the actor Shia LeBeouf. Both films were nearly wall-to-wall thrills and action.
Disturbia is about a troubled teenage boy who is under house arrest. Throughout the course of his house arrest, he must come up with ways to entertain himself after his mother shuts off his Xbox and iTunes accounts and disables his TV. Unfortunately, he never heard of picking up a book and READING because he turns to voyeurism to overcome his boredom. He spies on various neighbors, observing their secrets and eventually comes to suspect that one of them is a serial killer. Thrills, chills, and even laughs ensue as the boy and two of his friends embark on an unlikely, but highly entertaining and very intense, mission to prove that this neighbor is indeed who they suspect he is... or is he? I highly recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys thrillers, psychological suspense, mystery, drama, and heart stopping action. David Morse, Carrie-Ann Moss (of Matrix trilogy fame), and Sarah Roemer also star alongside the aforementioned Shia LeBeouf.
Transformers is the second flick that also stars LeBeouf. Some of you may be familiar with the cartoon of the same name; perhaps you played with the toys as a kid or maybe you remember the movies of the same name from the 1980's. I think there are supposed to be Transformers comics as well. This isn't a remake of the cartoon or either of the movies. And honestly, I wasn't sure what to think this movie would be when I heard they were making it. I was ready to write it off; I mean, it is a movie about cars and machines that "transform" into Autobots and Decepticons that battle each other for the fate of the All Spark and planet Earth. The rendering of the Autobots and Decepticons is surprisingly... realistic [not really the right word, but close enough]. And the movie packs in the pulse pounding action--it literally doesn't stop until the end of the movie. The movie skillfully laces humor throughout action. This movie also stars Josh Duhamel (of Las Vegas and day time drama fame), Tyrese Gibson, and Megan Fox.
As a result of these two movies, I've decided that I am on my way to becoming a big fan of Shia LeBeouf. Unfortunately, he was arrested for trespassing in a drugstore this weekend. The headline read "bizarre." Just a little bit. Hopefully, he is not on his way to becoming another young Hollywood train wreck. I have my fingers crossed.
Disturbia is available for check out upon request from Annville Free Library. Transformers can be found in our own DVD section at DVD/335; it is also available upon request from Annville Free Library.
--reviewer Ms. Angie