Director: D.J. Caruso
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario
Dawson, Michael Chiklis, Anthony Mackie, Billy Bob Thornton
RunTime: 2 hrs
Released By: UIP
Official Website: http://www.eagleeyemovie.com/
Opening Day: 1 October 2008
In the fast-paced race-against-time-thriller "Eagle Eye"
Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan are two strangers who become
the pawns of a mysterious woman they have never met, but who
seems to know their every move. Realizing they are being used
to further her diabolical plot, they must work together to
outwit the woman before she has them killed.
Hatched from an idea by Steven Spielberg, "Eagle Eye"
is another post-911 claustrophobic, techie thriller that lingers
far too long than you expect it to be.
and D.J. Caruso’s favourite leading man-boy, Shia LaBeouf
is Jerry Shaw, a man whose twin brother, an Air Force officer
is killed in a bus accident. Before we actually gets to know
more about Jerry, he is mysteriously wanted by the FBI (under
very suspicious circumstances) and running alongside with
a woman named Rachel (the wonderful Michelle Monaghan).
by a 'female voice' over the handphone (or what the Americans
preferred to call it, cellphones), Jerry and Rachel must follow
closely to what the voice wants them to do or risk having
their family or themselves killed.
synopsis sells it as a 'race-against-time' thriller and it
isn’t shunning away from it given that there are lots
of running and enough bombastic action sequences to blow your
mind and ear drums away. It seems like D.J. Caruso’s
visual skills can give Michael Bay a run for his money but
the shaky camera moves might induce a serious bout of motion-sickness.
The pacing is frantic and relentless and Caruso expects you
to buy that the two strangers without any proper training
from the military or FBI can manage to rob two armed security
guards in a stickup or defeat a veteran FBI agent. (Man, those
years in National Service seem like a waste)
the setting is not clearly defined, it’s definitely
not set in the far away future, McDonalds is still emblazed
with a capital 'M' and no flying cars are spotted. In "Eagle
Eye", technology has advanced to a stage whereby anything
in the city can be artificially controlled. Traffic lights,
satellite, surveillance camera, machinery whatever is there
on the street or above it. Perhaps it can be done even now,
I don’t know. Anyway as the plot thickens, the audience
is supposed to believe that two strangers are able to penetrate
into the deepest area of the Pentagon as command by a highly
intelligent system dubbed 'Aria'. 9-11 actually happened so
what do you expect?
is clearly not a movie that makes much sense, intelligence
or creativity when the mystery unraveled. At least "Die
Hard 4" has a more plausible scenario or even "I,
Robot" which conveniently tucked every preposterous plot-holes
into the future world.
Spielberg as executive producer, the production values on
the other hand are faultless. Car crashes and lots of elegantly-built
sets with enhancements from Sony Imageworks ruled the movie
with ease. Other supporting characters such as Rosario Dawson,
Michael Chiklis, Billy Bob Thornton did a fair job going through
the motions in this unbelievable script despite their limited
some ways, "Eagle Eye" has a story structure like
Spielberg’s much more superior "Minority Report"
combined with some leftover ideas from "I, Robot"
and even the recent Pixar animated "Wall-E". But
unfortunately, here it’s just a bloated thriller with
enough elaborate explosions and heart-pounding setups to make
your admit ticket worthwhile.
(Suspend your beliefs and go for the break-neck thrills)
Review by Linus Tee