Yazmyn Brown

Disturbia vs. Rear Window (Compare & Contrast Essay)
Rear Window is a 1954 suspense film, which was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It was written by John Michael Hayes. The film starts James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter and Raymond Burr. The plot of the film is about a photographer who confined to a wheel chair after being in a racecar accident because he was trying to take a picture. Jeffries is the main character the one confined to a wheel chair is also in love with Lisa Fermont his girlfriend. However, Jeffries does not want to get married because he is afraid that after getting married he would have to give up his photography career and freedom, because he thinks that Lisa Fermont is not physically prepared to travel with him. After being stuck in his apartment for six weeks with nothing to do he starts to spy on his neighbors from his balcony window. While doing so he is convinced that one of his neighbors (Thorwald) has committed murder. Lars Throwald is a sales clerk; has a wife with whom he shares his apartment. You can clearly see that they are arguing and their relationship is not doing so well. The next morning his wife disappears and Thorwald claims she went on a surprise vacation but Jeffries begins to wonder what really happened to his wife, after many suspicions Jeffries believes that Thorwald killed his wife. He is so convinced that he even gets his nurse Stella (Thelma Ritter) and his girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly) wrapped up in his accusations.

Disturbia is a thriller film partially inspired by Alfred Hitchcock\'s Rear Window, directed by D.J. Caruso. It starts Shia LaBeouf, David Morse, Sarah Roemer and Carrie-Anne Moss. The film was released April of 2007. The plot of this film is about a teenager, Kale Brecht (Shia LaBeouf) who is sentenced to three months of house arrest after assaulting his teacher at school. During his house arrest he has to wear an ankle bracelet and is only allowed 100 feet from his house. To make matters even worse Kale\'s mother Julie (Carrie-Anne Moss) cuts off everything he could possibly have to entertain him such as the television, video games, and music. With nothing else left to do he turns to spying on his neighbors including Robert Turner (David Morse) and new neighbor Ashley (Sarah Roemer). After Kale and Ashley become friends, they team up with Kale\'s best friend Ronnie (Aaron Yoo) and begin to research Turner after Kale witnesses several peculiar scenarios at Turners house that makes him believe that he might be a serial killer.

The most obvious difference between the two movies is the time difference. Rear Window was released 56 years before Disturbia and because of that time difference the action and the graphics of Disturbia were seemingly better than Rear Window. For example, at the end of Rear Window when Tharwald has Jeff dangling from the window and he drops him you can tell that the drop was fake. Back when that movie was made there was not as much special affects as it is now. Like in Disturbia where the action and all the fighting looked very realistic. Another difference between the two movies is that in Rear Window we are shown different types of interesting neighbors that Jefferies could see from his apartment window which includes a dancer who he names Miss Torso, a couple owning a dog, Miss Lonely-hearts, the Songwriter, the Newlywed couple and most importantly Lars Tharwald. As for the movie Disturbia, the only two memorable people that Kale spies on are Ashley, the girl he ultimately became friends with and Robert Turner, his neighbor who lives across the street who he is suspecting to be a serial killer. Most of the differences between the two movies are alterations to modern spine-thriller to please a more new age audience. For example, in Disturbia, there are no credits as modern audiences want to skip the boring parts and get right into the action. Disturbia seems to focus more on the characters and action where Rear Window focuses more on the theme of the movie and the type of shots the audience is seeing.

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