Eagle Eye

Eagle Eye

(2008)
The latest Dreamworks is a gritty crime thriller that sees Disturbia's Shia Le Beouf and D.J. Caruso reform their actor/director partnership for another outing, this time with Billy Bob Thornton and Rosario Dawson along for back up. Gone Baby Gone's Michelle Monhagan plays Rachel, who discovers her child has gone missing while Le Bouf is a twin whose brother died in mysterious circumstances. The two meet as strangers and soon realize they have been framed as terrorists and are forced into assassinating the president of the United States. Only together can they both free themselves from the nefarious forces that have come to control them and foil their terrorist activities.

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As derivative/ripped off as it was (see current state of lawsuit for correct description), Disturbia was a zippy, fun teen thriller which cemented Shia LaBeouf as the fastest rising lead in Hollywood and enabled helmer D.J. Caruso to leap from TV shows to blockbuster movies. This reunion of actor and director for a techno-paranoia thriller looked all set up to be something special, then. For 45 minutes or so, it is.

Right now, no one does a 'what the bejeezus is going on?' face better than LaBeouf, and he has plenty of chances to use it as a mysterious female voice begins manipulating his life and he finds himself jumping off buildings, leading explosive car chases and staging an armed robbery. Michelle Monaghan does well too, playing the panicking single mother who's also drawn into the melee. So far, so intriguing.

It all goes awry when we find out 'who' the disembodied voice actually belongs to, and the premise is revealed to be much, much sillier than the film's excellent trailer had suggested. Gaping plot holes spring up all over the shop as Caruso goes nuts with the shaky-cam and throws in some dubious green screen for good measure. Meanwhile, Exec Producer Steven Spielberg seems to have earned his credit by dusting off the high-tech sets from his own Minority Report, forgetting that that was set in 2054, when we can just about believe that government special project HQs might look like theme park rides.

Eagle Eye isn't a disaster. The dynamism of LaBeouf and Monaghan plus the earthy and wry performance of Billy Bob Thornton keep it moving, and there are enough big bangs to keep pyromaniacs happy. But it will take a real leap of imagination and sense to get on board with the film's core plot, and if you're not prepared for that, you'll just feel cheated.


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Why did everyone hate this movie? Unplausable? Technology is almost to a point where this situation, the ability to monitor someone in every aspect of their life, will become a reality. That is what the film is about. Oh yeah, and lots of action and explosions. The film doesn't try to be what it is not. It is an action, it succeeds at being an entertaining action flick. Don't get your panties in a twist just because it didn't end up being the next Matrix. Go see it on IMAX.


Not sure why people are complaining about this being unrealistic? Most movies are-that's what makes them enjoyable! This wasn't a drama with strong dialog,it's an action movie! The plot was unusual, exciting and fun.

Action-packed, great thrills and had twists and turns and unpredictable. It's one of the best action movies I've ever seen, especially on IMAX.


The Press Reviews

26% of critics recommend.
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  • The word preposterous is too moderate to describe Eagle Eye. This film contains not a single plausible moment after the opening sequence, and that's borderline. It's not an assault on intelligence. It's an assault on consciousness. Full Review

  • I expected a generic mix of The Matrix, Enemy of the State, Wanted and Seven, which is sort of what I got, but not in the way I expected. Kind of like ordering a beer and getting it served in a glass slipper. Full Review

  • Highly derivative big brother thriller suffers from speed wobbles. Full Review

  • Questions: Did everyone involved in this botched thriller OD on speed? Does jimmy-legs director D.J. Caruso think if he slowed down the action we'd figure out how stupid the plot is? Full Review

  • As it is, it won't be long before we'll be looking back on Eagle Eye and laughing in the same way that Sandra Bullock's badly dated The Net now raises a smile. As the victims in Eagle Eye find out, they should have hit 'alt-ctrl-delete' a long time ago. Full Review

  • 1/2 I'm all for a couple of hours of action-packed mindless entertainment, but Eagle Eye just had far too much of the "what the??!" factor for me to take it seriously. Full Review

  • It's presented as a thriller, and it is, but Eagle Eye is also a political film. It's not a very good political film, nor is it a very good thriller, ironically enough because it wants to be very good at both. Full Review