August 27, 2005
Enter: EL OJO ROJO!!

Don’t you hate it when a teaser trailer makes you think a film is about something much cooler than its actual subject matter? I sure do — and that’s why I’m not going to see Wes Craven‘s Red Eye. Why bother, when the flick playing in my head — El Ojo Rojo — is so much cooler? Imagination makes it happen.

On an unrelated note, a bit of good news — my letter about the stupid panda names was printed in yesterday’s edition of the Washington Post Express! It’s not much, but it’s my first printed clip aside from student publications and Internet fare, so there. Break out the champagne. 😛

Gary is better than 'Apple'

Alas, I can’t take credit for the titular reference to Gwyneth Paltrow’s brood, but the rest of the letter appears in more/less unedited form — I had a parenthetical “Eeeeyy!!” that followed the mention of FONZ (Friends of the National Zoo), but that’s about the only change. Sweet!

Anyway, check out El Ojo Rojo! And we’ll see you next time. 🙂

-posted by Wes | 1:30 pm | Comments (6)
  • Greg says:

    Dude, you should so write El Ojo Rojo! Like, as a script!

  • Calaquin says:

    Though I liked your idea for a vampire on a plane, your summary of the movie was very inaccurate. It was about a hotel manager being held hostage by an assassin who wants a powerful figure (I think it was a governor) and his family to be moved to another room in the hotel where a team with a rocket launcher can blow him to pieces. If she doesn’t move him to the room, then the assassin will call his partner and have her father killed. She refuses to accept either outcome and fights back.

    As I wrote in my review, (, the movie was enjoyable for the most part, but it screwed up the beginning and lost the illusion that this was a romance film and made you know right away that it was going to be a thriller, destroying much of the appeal. Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins) made an excellent villain, but he should be in better movies. If you like him, Red Eye is worth seeing just because he’s in it (but the end will disappoint you).

    My original thought was that this movie was going to begin as a romantic film, where the theme would appear to be fate. Then, by some supernatural forces, the villain would turn out to need our heroine for some epic purpose involving great destruction. Somehow fate would be interweaved throughout the plot as well.

    But no. As you said, it turned out to be just a non-supernatural thriller.

    A lot of potential was lost with this film.

  • Wes says:


    terrorism n : The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.

    terrorist n : One that engages in acts or an act of terrorism.

    I would say that what you described definitely qualifies as a terrorist plot, and therefore as terrorism — and that Cillian Murphy’s character’s participation in said plot makes him a terrorist. With the exception of identifying him as such, I don’t think I offered much in the way of a summary of the movie at all. ‘Cause like I said in the discussion of El Ojo Rojo, I haven’t seen it.

    And don’t intend to. :mrgreen:

  • Tom No LIke says:

    Bleh. Don’t care what it’s about, probably still gonna see it. It looks interesting. But, I might not, on account of The Brothers Grimm being out and all.

  • el chupacabra says:

    From the first previews, I too thought vampire or some sort of monster, demon, the devil. But later previews showed missles and shit. I was dragged off to see it and it turned out to be pretty good.

  • Paphvul says:

    So, I saw ScaredyCats talk about a movie called Blood Red Sky, whose premise is straight-up “vampires on a hijacked airplane”, and thought back to this from 16 years ago. While not EXACTLY the same premise, you and I both know you’re gonna be all over that movie.

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