'The Glass House' shatters
from weak script
The Glass House
Starring Leelee Sobieski, Diane Lane
** 1/2 (out of five stars)
By Geronimo Rodriguez
Daly Cougar Staff
The Glass House seems to have everything
that would make for an excellent psychological thriller.
But the film weakens with a lack of suspense
and ineffective storytelling and dwindles into nothing more than an average
Ruby (Leelee Sobieski) and her younger
brother Rhett (Travis Morgan) find themselves in the hands of Erin (Diane
Lane) and Terry Glass
(Stellan Skarsgard) after their parents,
Dave (Michael O'Keefe) and Grace Baker (Rita Wilson), die in a car accident.
With a good deal of history between the
couples, Ruby and Rhett have no doubt that their parents would have wanted
Erin and Terry to
become their guardians.
Soon after Ruby settles into their scenic
Malibu home, she realizes that the Glasses aren't who they seem to be.
Terry begins to eye the attractive teen,
Erin gets careless with her drug habit and Ruby doesn't know who is trying
to control her and Rhett's
$4 million inheritance.
Veteran television director Daniel Sackheim,
in his feature film debut, and writer Wesley Strick (Return To Paradise)
set up this promising
premise with a blend of shady characters
and sketchy dialogue.
The Glass House fails when we lose interest
in the dark characters -- audiences don't have much to figure out as these
become less and less surprising -- and
the vague script amounts to nothing but a transparent story.
At first, the filmmaking seems as if it's
making its rounds by detailing certain scenes and leaving blanks regarding
But if audiences pay attention for the
first 15 minutes, they'll spend the remainder of the film trying to figure
out if each Sour Patch Kid has its
own flavor based on color or if they're
all just sour.
In other words, just don't put two-and-two
together too soon and The Glass House will pass for the average thriller.
The only mentionable aspects of this film
are the performances by veteran actor Skarsgard (Good Will Hunting) and
young talent Leelee
Sobieski (Eyes Wide Shut).
Skarsgard masters the role of the menacing
guardian, Terry Glass, and accommodates Sobieski's confused, emotional
The Glass House would have been a straight-to-video
project at its best without these convincing acts leading the film.