Glass House, The
Ruby and Rhett Baker’s easy life suddenly comes to a stop when both their parents die in a car crash. Luckily, the Glass’s, good friends of their parents who live in Malibu and don’t have children, are prepared to both children in their house and provide them with a safe family-like environment. In the beginning, both children are spoiled as hell and get whatever they desire but after a while, Ruby starts to get suspicious about Terry Glass as it seems he wants more from her than just being a normal father. When she also discovers that Terry’s wife Erin has a drug problem and Terry’s car company is in big depts, things start to get worse as she finds out that her parents have left her and her brother a small fortune and Terry’s aim is to get his hands on that money.
Daniel Sackheim makes his movie debute with The Glass House after having directed a couple of episodes of The X-Files, ER and Law & Order. The basic idea is nice and the camera viewpoints often make the atmosphere intense. Sadly though, Sackheim isn’t capable of keeping up the tention and often the viewer just knows what is going to happen and that’s pretty disappointing for a movie like this.
Sound and Vision:
A nice touch in the image department is that the color palette changes as the movie progressess. While in the beginning you mostly get warm colors, things turn cold when tention starts to build and all does not seem to be as it looks. Although overall, the quality of the image is good, there is some aliasing, anti-aliasing and edge enhancements to be viewed which could have been done better with the 2.35:1 format.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is warm and dynamic with a bitrate of 448 kpbs. All channels are well-used and the subwoofer gets to do his things when necessary. Nothing bad to say about the sound.
Daniel Sackheim and scenario writer Wesley Strick provide us with their comments in an audio track which also is subtitled (but done sloppy). Next to that there’s some deleted scenes footage, filmographies with cast and crew, a couple of short interviews, movie trailer and a promo trailer for Urban Legends
As a psychological thriller, The Glass House falls short. If you are, on the other hand, looking for an entertaining and easy thriller, this movie might come in handy. Sound & vision are not perfect but adequate and the extras are a nice feature although not an extra reason to buy the DVD.