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USA - 57 years old
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Solid pieces

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

by D.J. Caruso
2017 / 107m - USA
Action, Thriller, Adventure
xXx: Return of Xander Cage poster

A blissfully ridiculous action film. The xXx series is hardly Shakespeare material and Caruso seems to understand this. With Diesel, Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa there's enough fighting power present and the action, although extremely silly, is pretty damn amusing. I like it when films understand their own strength.

The inoffensive


by D.J. Caruso
2007 / 105m - USA
Disturbia poster

Worthy but flawed

Shut In

by D.J. Caruso
2022 / 89m - USA
Shut In poster

A basic thriller that seems a little unsure of where to take its premise. The added drama feels forced, and the thriller elements never create the level of tension necessary for a film like this to be truly successful. It's not terrible filler, at the same a few simple improvements would've made this a much better film.

After rehab, Jessica returns to live with her two kids. She can't make ends meet and the house her grandma left is too shabby to live in, so she decides to move away. Her ex-husband is still battling his addiction and when he finds out she's taking his kids with her, he locks her in the pantry.

It's interesting to see Vincent Gallo make his return, but his part is small and doesn't really add much. The other performances are mediocre, the direction is a little flimsy and the actions of the characters feel a dim and unmotivated. Not a bad film (except that overly cheesy epilogue), but not very memorable either.

The Disappointments Room

by D.J. Caruso
2016 / 85m - USA
Horror, Mystery
The Disappointments Room poster

Standard horror/mystery film about a family moving into a new home. The disappointments room concept is interesting, sadly it doesn't really add anything new. Actors and presentation are decent and there are a few tense scenes, but in the end you've probably seen this all before, by a more capable director. Classic filler.

Eagle Eye

by D.J. Caruso
2008 / 118m - USA
Action, Mystery, Thriller
Eagle Eye poster

The Salton Sea

by D.J. Caruso
2002 / 103m - USA
The Salton Sea poster

Plain forgettable

Taking Lives

by D.J. Caruso
2004 / 103m - USA
Mystery, Thriller, Crime
Taking Lives poster

Big nopes

I Am Number Four

by D.J. Caruso
2011 / 111m - USA
Sci-fi, Action, Thriller, Adventure
I Am Number Four poster