Eagle Eye (2008) PG-13 118min
September 27th, 2008 by Maxim · 4 Comments · 6,964 Views
Eagle Eye is the new product of Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks studio, starring Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis and Billy Bob Thornton.
The plot: Two unrelated people, a copy shop clerk Jerry Shaw (LaBeouf) and a young single mom Rachel Holloman (Monaghan) are thrown together by a phone call from a mysterious woman that threatened their lives or lives of their loved ones unless they comply with every instruction precisely. It’s not a practical joke - in fact the pair sees with their own eyes what happen with those who disobey the orders of the woman. She uses surveillance and other technology to manipulate them into executing more and more dangerous tasks which eventually turn them into country’s most wanted fugitives. On the run, the pair tries to figure out who is controlling them and how, and most importantly, why.
The good: Spielberg’s favorite boy Shia LaBeouf was pretty good here as far as acting, and so were the rest of the crew, Billy Bob Thornton in particular as an FBI Agent Thomas Morgan. Very well organized and shot fast-paced chase throughout the movie; cars being smashed and blown up left right and center – no wonder this movie is recommended to be seen at I-Max theatres with those big screens. Great photography should be credited to Dariusz Wolski. But the plot is about a person being at the mercy of the gadget. There was a little twist in the end, if you can call a Hollywood ending a twist.
The bad: Cliche of a cliche. Two-dimensional characters. Even the music is a cliche. The movies about an man-designed Artificial Intellect taking over control of every aspect of human life and then turning on humans have been around for the past 50 years. Even Terminator, an action movie, had SkyNet at the background of the plot, not to mention dozens of sci-fi movies. So what’s new? “The President! We have to save the President!” [sarcasm]. Well, somebody has to sacrifice their life to save the most powerful person on earth (and it ain’t the Pope). Rosario Dawson is in the movie because she’s good looking – anyone who looks good in a tight black outfit could have played her role.
The summary: This is a chase movie/thriller with a plot full of cliches The entire movie leads us on the thrilling chase for a single purpose: to make a point about the dangers of surveillance and police society. There was a single applause when the point was made. Definitely better then previous Spielberg’s movie, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.
The cast: Jerry Shaw – Shia LaBeouf | Rachel Holloman - Michelle Monaghan | Zoe Perez - Rosario Dawson | Defense Secretary Callister – Michael Chiklis | Major William Bowman – Anthony Mackie | Agent Toby Grant – Ethan Embry | Agent Thomas Morgan - Billy Bob Thornton | Sam Holloman – Cameron Boyce
The crew: Director – D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, The Shield) | Screenplay – John Glenn, Travis Wright, Hillary Seitz, Dan McDermott | Story by Dan McDermott | Producers – Steven Spielberg, Roberto Orci, Rizelle Mendoza, Edward McDonnell, Alex Kurtzman, Pat Crowley, Pete Chiarelli | Original music – Brian Tyler | Cinematography – Dariusz Wolski (The Mexican, Bad Company, Pirates of the Caribbean, Sweeney Todd and upcoming Alice In Wonderland).
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