With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100 percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.
When Ruby Baker's parents are killed in a car accident, she and her brother, Rhett, must travel to Malibu, to live with Terrence and Erin Glass, their former neighbors. At first, all seems well. Ruby is making new friends at school and Rhett is getting more video games and flashy toys than he's ever had in his life. When Ruby speaks to her family's estate lawyer, he tells her that her parents have left Rhett and her $4 million. Suddenly, Ruby begins to notice odd behavior from Terry and Erin. Written by
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After Ruby's late night swim, she is seen hugging her torso, but the next shot from behind her shows her hugging her shoulders and the following shot is back to her torso before she moves her hands up to hug her shoulders. See more »
Scared the living crap out of me!
Meryl Streep, that girl was not.
Who's Meryl Streep?
Oh, Zoe, she's like Katie Holmes to our parents, okay?
So, what's next ladies?
I have to go home.
Yeah, make... make that a that a block from home. I can't have another close encounter with my parents. They think I'm home in bed...
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The first few images of the film appear as if they are made of glass. See more »
The trailer tells you that the Glass family is evil. The movies tries to play with you for the first 30 minutes or so, letting you think that maybe it's just a misunderstanding, but the movie's not really about "are they or aren't they?" it's clear that they are.
We are meant to sympathize with young Ruby (Leelee Sobieski) because she is the underdog and no one believes her, even when we, the audience, know she is telling the truth. The script seems rather sloppy. There is an attempt at justifying Terry Glass's (Stellan Skarsgärd) evil by putting him in conflict with someone more evil than him. All this serves to do is dilute the main conflict and at times make you almost sympathize with Terry. I had to remind myself "oh yeah, the guy committed murder."
After being seen in the beginning, Ruby's friends have a single scene in the middle where they talk about having not heard from her but then are never heard from again. Why? Why was this scene here? So we wouldn't wonder what happened to them? Or to answer the question the screenwriter thought we might be asking "why haven't they tried to get in touch with her and/or why hasn't Ruby confided in them?" either way, the scene only reminds of them when we hadn't been thinking of them and highlights their absence for the remainder of the film.
"The Glass House" does have some suspenseful moments but taken as a whole, there are simply to many contrived moments and people doing stupid things because they have to to further the plot to make this a truly enjoyable or worthwhile thriller. Not an utter waste of 2 hours but you can do better.
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