REVIEW: EAGLE EYE
In “Eagle Eye,” Jerry Shaw (LaBeouf) and
Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan) are two strangers thrown
together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have
never met. Threatening their lives and their family, she
pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly
dangerous situations using the technology of everyday life
to track and control their every move. As the situation
escalates, these two ordinary people become the country's
most wanted fugitives, who must now work together to
discover what is really happening. Fighting for their lives,
they become pawns of a faceless enemy who seems to have
limitless power to manipulate everything they do.
REVIEW: “You’ve been activated.” If you get a strange
call from a strange person (most likely a female) telling
you these three words, consider yourself no longer in
control of your life. You are now her puppet and are forced
to do as she says or you will face inconceivable
consequences. Who is she? What does she want? Why me? These
questions will be answered through the course of this
incredible roller coaster ride of a movie. I thought the
fun, action packed summertime movies were over. I guess not
because this one can play up there with the big boys of this
summer. It was an intense, pressure-filled,
There is a lot of negativity surrounding this film and I
don’t understand why. Allow me to briefly give my disclaimer
once again. I am a fan of movies. I enjoy watching movies as
an escape from reality by being entertained, moved,
inspired, AND/OR impressed. It can be all of those or any
one of those or even something that I might be forgetting to
mention. Bottom line is that this movie did at least one of
those for me; it entertained me quite successfully. I wasn’t
alone either. I was fortunate to have two of my Smartcine
partners with me, who happen to also be my cousins, Luis and
Mady Gars. I can tell you that Mady is one to quickly
criticize this type of movie. Well I am very happy to inform
you that the three of us concurred on the overall rating.
This might be a first for us, or at most a second. The
surrounding audience seemed to concur as well because there
was plenty of ohs and ahs, gasping, cheering, screaming, and
applauding throughout the presentation. Sure there is plenty
that one could criticize about this movie, but then again
there is always something that someone could criticize about
any movie. My goal is to give you reasons to go see it as
opposed to giving you a lot of negativity. Sorry for
rambling on about this, but this movie is a perfect example
of why my score is so different from many others.
So in summary, was the movie entertaining? Most definitely.
Does it have a good cast and did they perform well? With
currently hot stars Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan
taking the lead and giving chilling performances along with
supporting stars Billy Bob Thornton and Rosario Dawson
showing us why they’ve earned the respect they have in the
cinematic world, I would say the answer is a resounding yes.
In addition to their performances, the script they had to
work with was truly exceptional. The dialogue was full of
sarcasm and dry humor as well as being sharp, direct, and
precise. There was no beating around the bush here because
there was no time for it. Even the lady on the phone was so
precise that she almost sounded mechanical. But was the
storyline any good? Well, okay, I’ll admit the story was a
bit cliché, especially toward the end, using a well known
concept but at least it had a slightly different angle and I
don’t think it devalued the overall picture. The
cinematography and special effects were well done with the
exception that many times the action was blurry and
difficult to follow. The climax of this movie was unique to
say the least . . . far fetched but unique. I could easily
compare this movie to a few others but doing that alone
could be a plot spoiler so I won’t do it. Credit should be
given to Director D.J. Caruso for raising his bar. He has
had good output with projects like Taking Lives, Two for the
Money, and Disturbia. I think he outdid himself with this
one. Movie fans, the summertime action flicks are not over
yet. Here is another good one to see.
Review By Cine Marcos
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People Review Eagle
All noise and no substance.
Ridiculous nonsense aimed at a
commercial market in which the targeted
audience plays video games. Shia has not
yet learned to act and takes his place
among the "stars" that are ordained
rather than created by the public. In a
world in which thousands are without
electric power two weeks after a storm
in this country, we are supposed to
believe that the technical world is
developed to this extent? Special
effects are impressive but edited in
such a way that virtually nothing can be
seen. The best creator in the crew was
the sound technician. It attempts to
beat the audiience into submission, and
probably will. This is an example why
Stephen Spielberg, even with all his
pretensions to elder statesman of the
film world, remains no more than a
hey m vincent . . . relax buddy, it's
just a movie . . .
I really liked it a lot. As a matter of
fact, what makes this movie fresh is
Shia, which is hot right now. I went to
the theatre expecting not to like this
movie, and I was pleasantly surprised.
It was fast paced and entertaining.
Definitely a "Saturday Night at the
Movies" type flick.
Thanks for the tip m vincent. It sounds
about like what I anticipated from the
trailer. Glad to see someone else has
noticed Shia's artificial rise to fame.
very good stuff... IMO Shia can act...
this movie is intense and entertaining.
Last time i checked i like going to the
movies to be entertained...
get over yourself m vincent...
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Director: D.J. Caruso
Writer: Hillary Seitz
Duration: 1 hr 58 mins
Staring: Shia LaBeouf
Billy Bob Thornton
Distributor: PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Rating: PG-13 for intense
action and violence, and for
Release Date: September 26, 2008
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