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The Glass House--Was this movie supposed to be scary?
by Aidan J Spurrill   

Last edited: Monday, March 04, 2002
Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2002

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The Glass House is a well-made movie, but it somehow fails to frighten.

Although I was less than impressed with the trailers for this movie, was intriuged from the beginning by Leelee Sobieski's somewhat meloncoly character, and my interest was not centred around her physical appearance, although I will say that she looks great in this film.

House of Glass centres around Ruby Baker, played by Sobieski, who finds herself and her brother Rhett orphaned by a tragic car accident in which both her parents are killed.

In accordance to her parents' will, both children are adopted by their neighbours, the Glasses, who tke them to live in Malibu, in their oceanside house, which just happens to be made mostly of glass.

Although at first Mr. and Mrs. Glass seem to be kind and caring, Ruby soon begins to notice strange things about her adoptive parents. Mrs. Glass keeps large amounts of drugs and syringes in the medicine cabinet, while Mr. Glass seems to be nearly stalking Ruby.

Eventually, Ruby discovers that her parents' death was not an accident, and that her adoption was part of a scheme to allow the Glasses access to Ruby and Rhett's 4 million dollar trust fund left to them by their parents.

The plot, which borrows from Hamlet in places(Ruby is studying Hamlet at school, making the parallels more obvious), sounds scary enough, but the movie itself is not. This is not, however, necessarily bad. Without being at all scary, the movie is intriuging from beginning to end, with a few suspenseful moments and a couple small suprises. They just shouldn't have hyped it as a suspense thriller, because it just isn't. A movie like this could be enjoyed by a large variety of moviegoers that wouldn't watch a thriller.

If your not a fan of suspense thrillers and don't mind seeing shameless product placement of AOL, Dominoes, Coca-Cola, McIntosh, Nintendo, and Sony, you may still fully enjoy this movie. Just don't expect it to be scary.


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Reviewed by Charlotte Spurrill 3/5/2002
good. i don't like scary movies anyway. but then again, most movies like the Sixth Sense that ppl say are scary aren't scary at all. btw, you overuse "just" in your 2nd to last paragraph: "They just shouldn't have hyped it as a suspense thriller, because it just isn't."
Reviewed by Esther Spurrill (Reader) 3/4/2002
Great review! Think I should see the movie?
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