Loosely drawing its root's from Alfred Hitchcock's classic "Rear Window" 2007's Disturbia is a teenage thrill ride sure to have viewers everywhere on the edge of their seat. The film was Shia LaBeouf's break through role in a major studio motion picture, and his phenomenal performance helped turn him into the major Hollywood star he is today.
Protagonist of the story Kale Brecht is placed on three months house arrest after assaulting one of his teachers who made negative remarks about his father who had died a year earlier. Kale becomes deeply bored and depressed during his confinement to his house; as a result Kale and best friend Ronnie take up the unusual hobby of spying on Kale's neighbors with a pair of binoculars. Their spying mainly focuses on Ashley Carlson the attractive girl and romantic interest of Kale who recently moved in across the street and Robert Turner an older and somewhat creepy neighbor of Kale's who after noticing several bizarre occurrences taking place at his home Kale begins to suspect is a serial killer. Ashley catches Kale and Ronnie spying on her and confronts the two of them. The boys confess and tell Ashley their suspicions about Turner. Intrigued by the idea of a serial killer in the neighborhood Ashley agrees to help the boys spy on Turner. Together Kale, Ronnie, and Ashley dig deeper into their surveillance into Turner and what they discover is shocking. After Turner figures out what they have been doing, the trio struggle to get police to believe their allegations and fight for their lives.
The cast of Disturbia give excellent and moving performances. Obviously the best performance of the film is Shia LaBeouf's portrayal of Kale Brecht. The role of Kale is LaBeouf at his finest and as his first starring role in major studio motion picture helped solidify his status as Hollywood super star. Other outstanding performances include Sarah Roemer as Ashley Carlson, Carrie-Anne Moss as Julie Brecht, David Morse as Robert Turner, and Aaron Yoo as Ronnie Chu.
Disturbia performed exceptionally well at the box office, making the much more than expected total of 117 million dollars, a very respectable total especially when considering the film only had a 20 million dollar budget. The film was praised universally and well respected by critics. The film performed well at the Teen Choice awards that year winning all 3 Teen Choice Awards.