In this muddled melodrama by David Mackenzie, Jamie Bell still manages to give a stellar performance as Hallam Foe, a disturbed teen who retreats to a treehouse on his family's estate to spy on everyone through his binoculars -- particularly his new stepmother, who he believes had something to do with his mother's suicide. Hallam later exiles himself to Edinburgh, where he sets his sights on a lovely young woman (Sophia Myles) who resembles his late mother. He stalks her -- even getting a job at the hotel where she works -- and peers through her window at night with his trusty binoculars. Luckily, Bell has an innate sweetness that cuts the creepy factor here, but it builds to a Freudian meltdown that’s pretty preposterous.

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