Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Eagle Eye Movie Review

Eagle Eye is an action-packed, suspense thriller that is directed by D. J. Caruso, who also directed the 2006 box office hit film, Disturbia.

The movie stars Shia LaBeouf as Jerry Shaw (LaBeouf also plays as Jerry's late twin brother, Ethan Shaw) and Michelle Monaghan as Rachel Holloman. These two strangers end up becoming fugitives after being set up as suspected terrorists. All of this happens after they both receive a phone call from a mysterious woman, who knows everything about them and tracks every move that they make. The woman, whom the two have never met, threatens their lives and the lives of their families if they don’t follow her orders. Each task ends up becoming increasingly more dangerous, and in the meantime, Shaw and Holloman are frantically guessing who this mysterious woman is and how she knows them. Soon, afterwards, Shaw and Holloman discover that they are involved in an assassination plot.

The film also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Rosario Dawson, and Michael Chiklis.

At first, the movie’s plot seems to be a bit confusing, because after each scene you’re asking yourself, what was the point of that scene? Or, what is the connection between Shaw and Holloman and why were these two chosen to complete this mission? It is not until the very end of the movie that everything seems to come together and starts to make more sense.

Eagle Eye does have some very suspenseful moments. Just for the action alone this movie is worth seeing.

Eagle Eye is rated PG-13 and contains violence and language.

*Movie Spoiler Included* After seeing Eagle Eye, the film’s concept reminded me a lot of the Will Smith film, I, Robot. But the only difference is that the intelligent supercomputer, Ariia, is programmed to follow U.S. government laws to a tee. But when her authority is averted by Shaw’s twin brother, Ethan, then Ariia does whatever she can to complete her task and will stop anyone that gets in her way. It’s strange how this computer claims to be following the law, but tries to cover its own wrongdoing. This proves that Ariia knew that what she was planning to accomplish was wrong but still wanted to complete it no matter what.

This concept of a supercomputer’s assassination plot would have worked much better in a futuristic/science fiction-like setting, like in I, Robot, but not in a modern setting like in this film.

Reviewer's Rating: 6 out of 10

Written by: Bridget Campos

Originally posted on February 9, 2009

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