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The Glass House





It's the official start of (Leelee) Sobieski Season with the opening of The Glass House and another film, Joy Ride, due shortly. It's reminiscent of the Summer of Del Toro last year. Benicio was in everything, and everywhere you looked. And as with that manly thespian of height, we too, gleefully embrace this young girly powerhouse...

Glass House is a wonderful intelligent thriller; hardly a "oh as if," or "that is so wicked retarded" in the whole film. You know what I mean, it's when you're yelling at the screen because the characters do completely stupid things and walk around like stoonads opening the wrong door, telling the enemy their plans to escape, contact police etc...etc...

Not in The Glass House. The characters are 3 dimensional and react as anyone in the situation would. Okay, there are a couple of just silly scenes, but more great ones to keep you guessing and at the edge of your seat throughout, so those few faux pas are forgiven.

The story goes two pre-adults, Ruby and Rhett Baker, are orphaned because their loving parents have had a terrible car accident. They are guardianed over to "the closest friends" of the recently departed, the Glasses. Old chums, and neighbors the Baker couple apparently were willing to entrust their children lives to.

Ruby and Rhett move from their small suburb in the California San Fernando Valley, to the isolated hills of happening Malibu. And right from the get go Ruby (Leelee Sobieski) Baker has a strange uneasy feeling brewing in regards to the happy Glass household. Call it a hunch, or all the concrete evidence she comes across. The younger brother is blissfully dis-atttached more concerned about his Playstation and such childish interests.

You know that old saying nothing is ever what it seems? Well, the Glasses are extreme examples of this cliché. Erin (a ominous Diane Lane), the wife, is a successful doctor. She's in charge of the pain department. You know, where they store all that yummy morphine, and Demerol...The husband, Terry ("never trust a man with a girls name" Stellan Skarsgård) is a successful car service. He's a tad into his lifestyle, gallivanting from premiere to premiere; switching between any number of his fancy brand name, and expensive if you have a bad month, cars...

Simply chilling.

Stellan Skarsgård is attractive in a perpetual bad guy-just-a-hair-less-manly-man-than-Liam-Neeson way. He looks like he'd make a great drinking colleague. Shots of Kettle One and old-time Swedish folk songs abounding. He's excellent, per usual, here.

Diane Lane, the actress who you know, you just don't know you know, is perfection. I was creeped to the marrow.

Leelee Sobieski, aside from being a near complete match of Helen Hunt DNA, is a fine actress. She's grown up before the viewer's eyes and other than that uncanny, near disturbing, resemblance to HH, is a pleasure to watch. I am looking forward to Joy Ride due in a couple of weeks. She's a subtle comfortable actress I believe could handle most any role well.

The Glass House is great for a few chills and sharp turns. The actors are well cast and the story (aside from that oh-so-Hollywood-ending they just HAD to ad) is not just agreeable but entertaining. Sure, you kind of know where the stories headed right on, but trust me, there's enough mystery to keep you intrigued. Enjoy.

Snack Recommendation: Calamari and Dominos® Pizza

Starring: Leelee Sobieski, Diane Lane, Stellan Skarsgård, Trevor Morgan, Bruce Dern, Rita Wilson and Michael O'Keefe.

Directed by: Daniel Sackheim

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