The Glass House

TO EVERYONE ELSE, THEIR SIMPLE GAME OF DECEPTION WASN’T OBVIOUS. TO HER, IT WAS AS CLEAR AS GLASS.

glasshouse16-year-old Ruby Baker (Leelee Sobieski) and her kid brother move into the house of their suddenly deceased parents’ best friends, but they act strangely… A very ordinary thriller that gets a boost from charismatic acting; Sobieski is engaging as the bright, independent teen and Stellan Skarsgård is suitably repugnant as the wealthy but troubled Mr. Glass. The closer to the ending we get the more he is allowed to turn into a complete psycho and of course credibility is the first casualty. Still, there’s a much-appreciated aura of unpleasantness.

2001-U.S. 106 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Daniel Sackheim. Cast: Leelee Sobieski (Ruby Baker), Stellan Skarsgård (Terry Glass), Diane Lane (Erin Glass), Bruce Dern, Kathy Baker, Trevor Morgan… Rita Wilson, January Jones.

Trivia: Followed by a direct-to-DVD sequel, Glass House 2 (2006).

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