The Glass House (Bilingual) [Import]
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From the producer of The Fast and the Furious and I Know What You Did Last Summer comes this scare-a-minute psychological chiller starring Leelee Sobieski (Eyes Wide Shut, Never Been Kissed), Diane Lane (The Perfect Storm), Stellan Skarsgîrd (Good Will Hunting) and Trevor Morgan (Jurassic Park III,The Patriot). When Ruby (Sobieski) and Rhett's (Morgan) parents are killed in a car accident, theircarefree teenage lives are suddenly shattered. Moving to an incredible house in Malibu with the Glasses', old friends of the family, seems to be the beginning of a new life for them. But Ruby soon stumbles upon information that leads her to suspect that her new legal guardians might somehow be responsible for her parents' deaths. Now she finds herself all alone in a duel of wits with the ruthlessand terrifying couple, and she's the only thing standing between them and her $4 million inheritance. Prepare yourself for a wild and intense thrill ride in this mesmerizing chiller!
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While Miss Sobieski looks a tad older than the sweet sixteen age of her character Ruby Baker, her natural sweetness and vulnerability make her quite convincing as a normal young teenager whose life is thrown into chaos when her parents are killed in an automobile accident. Ruby and her eleven-year-old brother Rhett (Trevor Morgan) go to live with Terry and Erin Glass (played quite impressively by Stellan Skarsgard and Diane Lane), their former neighbors and designated custodians. Their new home is an impressive, unique structure with many glass walls and an ultra-modern interior design. Rhett settles in quite well, but Ruby is uncomfortable from the start. Early on, she realizes that the Glasses are not the perfect couple they purport to be. At first, she attempts to rationalize her problems, ascribing her difficulty adjusting to her new life as a natural reaction to her grief over the loss of her parents and the social dislocation she feels upon moving to a new city and attending a new school. Little things continue to happen, however, and she soon finds herself seeking help from her parents' estate lawyer.Read more ›
THE MOVIE: An underrated thrill ride! I expected THE GLASS HOUSE to be a pretty silly movie as the opinions of the majority of critics were that. I'll have to be different this time and say I highly enjoyed this nicely done thriller. It has some clichéd/contrived moments and a couple of plot holes, and it could've done without the Stellan Skarsgaard-business-deal-going-wrong idea but the visuals in this movie are outstanding, with many shots suggesting something may be lurking or watching. I loved how the movie kept you in suspense the whole way through and keeps you guessing. All around a well-directed and misunderstood chiller.
THE SPECIAL FEATURES: This could've been a lot better. We get great commentary from the writer and the director who help you to understand the ideas behind the shots, angles etc. There are 2 trailers, one for this film and one for URBAN LEGEND. We also get cast and crew filmographies and one deleted scene. There could've been heaps more deleted scenes because during the movie the director says things like "this scene was actually after a scene we deleted" and there is heaps of unused footage that you see in the trailer. That really ticked me off. What's up with just giving us ONE? Grr.
Ruby Baker (Leelee Sobieski) lives an ordinary well-to-do teen life: She goes to a private school, has a pesky little brother, and sneaks out and smokes by way of rebellion. All that shatters when her parents are killed in a tragic car accident, leaving her and brother Rhett (Trevor Morgan) alone. Their new guardians are old family friends, Terry and Erin Glass (Stellan Skarsgård and Diane Lane), who couldn't be more sympathetic to the orphans. At first.
In their new Malibu home, the kids are given all they could want... except the two kids have to share a bedroom in the glass-walled mansion, and aren't allowed to go anywhere alone. Ruby finds Erin shooting up, and sees a pair of sinister men slamming Terry against a wall. Further investigation leads her to believe that the Glasses murdered her parents -- and for some reason, they want the four million dollars that the Bakers left their children. As Ruby comes closer to the truth, she finds that Terry will do anything -- even murder again -- to keep the kids under his control.
Perhaps the biggest problem with "Glass House" was that I could predict everything that would happen within the first ten minutes. The happy life, the unseen car accident, the kindly uncle tripping over his feet to help the kids, and the Glass couple who are so sympathetic they help a sobbing Rhett with his eulogy. You can predict how everything is going to turn out almost instantly. Perhaps the most unpredictable moment is the opener, where we see a scantily-clad, shrieking blonde flee a masked killer.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
As much as I loved the film, I have to give this particular release one star because it suffers from RCE (the pathetic pseudoprotection supposed to prevent its playback outside R1... Read morePublished on May 28 2004
I bought this film on a whim, not expecting it to be too frightening. Oh, my! It's SO suspenseful, and kept me on the edge until the last second! Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by nonstopreader
This was an excellent movie. A girl who's 16 and her 12 year-old brother was told one night that their parents were in a bad car accident and died. Read morePublished on April 3 2004
I really liked this movie, It had suspense, mystery, and all the other qualities in a movie that anyone looks for. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2003 by MQOTN
The glass house is a great suspense story and it's very entertaining .
You never get bored. The actors act very well too, particularly Trevor Morgan. Read more
I thought this film would be like Hand That Rocks The Cradle. Obviously it was just a reason to give LeeLee a starring role. The best actors are the insane couple. Read morePublished on June 20 2003
Suspense rises after Ruby and her brother Rhett move in with their old neighbers after thier parents die in a car accident. Read morePublished on May 23 2003 by Dusty Huff
This is a melodramatic film that makes no sense. The actors play it straight, but they must have been trying not to laugh (or, better yet, just run from the set to something more... Read morePublished on May 21 2003 by Mark Jones
Ah yes, Leelee Sobieski...what can I say? A poor man's Helen Hunt in an even poorer film. Skip it. Better yet, hopscotch it.Published on Feb. 3 2003 by Dana Severson
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