20 September, 2010

Recent Love & Things I Recommend: Suspense

Recently I’ve noticed I’m really into…  Suspense.  I’m not sure how to explain this…  but the other day, I was at a party, and I slept over at my friend’s house, and we watched this movie with Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy in it.  At first, I just sat there, planning to go to sleep after the first five minutes, because this friend of mine has some random movies that not that many people have heard of, but seeing as it was Rachel McAdams, I didn’t stop her.

This film is called Red-Eye.


Just because I’m afraid I won’t do the movie justice, here’s a small Wikipedia summary of the movie:

Hotel manager Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) fears flying, and following her grandmother's funeral in Dallas, Texas, she takes a night flight home to Miami, Florida. While in the check-in line, she meets the handsome and charming Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy). When the flight is delayed, they share a drink at the airport bar.

When boarding her plane, Lisa is pleasantly surprised that her seat is next to Rippner's. Shortly after the plane takes off, however, he reveals that he is a terrorist operative working for a group intending to assassinate the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Charles Keefe  and his family. Lisa is instrumental to their plan because she is the acting manager at the Lux Atlantic Hotel where the Keefe family is staying. If she refuses to cooperate, Rippner will deploy a hitman to kill her father, Joe  at his home in Miami. Lisa is unable to warn anyone about the plot without jeopardizing her father's safety, and the longer she waits, the harder it will become to prevent the murders.

So, two of my friends and I were watching this movie, and it was such a good film, that we decided to watch another one, which was Don’t Say A Word with Michael Douglas and Brittany Murphy.  Surprisingly, I really loved that movie, as well, and we were on the edge of our seats, and jumping up and down, screaming “Are  you really this stupid?!  Obviously you don’t go down there!  Just give him what he wants!  No, don’t run!


What I think made me love these movies so much was the fact that it was like a cheap copy of a scary movie, if that makes sense—I really really really don’t like scary movies you see {yet I managed to see Paranormal Activity—we’ll save that story for later}, but I envy those people who can get through a scary movie and be excited and scared and… whatever.

So I liked the fact that I was excited and stuck in suspense with these, but they weren’t scarring me for life or going to keep me awake for the next two weeks.

I liked this idea of suspense so much, that I started to look into books.  While I was scouring Costco, I went to the book section and noticed this one book next to the Hunger Games series {which, darn you to heck, Costco, didn’t have the first one—so I still haven’t started the series} called I Am Number Four and it looked so good that I picked it up and skimmed it.  Then I remembered Lauren at Busy Bee Lauren review it and say it was pretty darn good, so I bought it {for ten bucks, too!  at Border’s, that would have been almost twenty-something bucks} and started reading it.  So far, it’s pretty darn amazing.

So, indeed.  Point made.  Suspense novels and movies are pretty spiffy.  I recommend.


  1. I agree, suspense is so intriguing! I really liked Red-Eye as well. The part where she stabs him with the pen seriously made me cringe... eww. Never seen the Brittany Murphy film, but I would probably enjoy it! I don't read much anymore but I reeeeally want to make time for the Hunger Games books since everyone's all abuzz about them.

  2. I thought both of those movies were really scary, especially Red Eye. I can't watch scary movies at all. But I've also seen Paranormal Activity. I don't know how I managed it.
    The best part about scary movies is when I've finished them and all the suspense is over but I can still remember the suspense. And be proud I watched the whole thing..

  3. ^ With you there-- I cannot, whatsoever, watch Scary Movies. At all. But I managed to see Red Eye and Don't Say A Word... not exactly "scary" but still, sort of like thrillers.

    And I know-- I have no idea how I didn't pass out in the middle of Paranormal Activity, really.


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