Rated 3.0

What could’ve been a standard mystery-thriller movie winds up being enjoyable thanks to the starpower of Shia LaBeouf. The guy is charisma incarnate as Kale, a troubled kid dealing with the death of his dad and in-home incarceration after assaulting a teacher. He picks up the hobby of spying and, as result, gets close to the girl next door. He also suspects that another neighbor (David Morse) is a serial killer for whom local authorities have been searching. LaBeouf brings certain realism to the role which makes you root for him no matter how outrageous the plot gets. Morse is great. LaBeouf has a great future (he’s in the upcoming Transformers, and just got cast in the next Indiana Jones film). He’s the real deal, and that makes this film worth seeing.