Monday, September 08, 2008
So says a lawsuit that has begun its journey through the courts. Sure, I saw the similarities in story--and the many obvious differences. But the Hitchcock classic (and its source inspiration, by Cornell Woolrich) have been homaged/appropriated/ripped off so many times this smells more of opportunism than of any defense of artistic integrity. (If that were truly at stake you'd think the long arm of the law would have reached Brian De Palma by now.) James Stewart can rest easy; I've seen Shia LaBeouf, and Shia, you are no James Stewart, just as director D.J. Caruso is a mere MacGuffin compared to the real deal.