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- Story -
Jerry Shaw is just getting over the sudden death of his brother who dies in an accident when peculiar things suddenly start to happen to him - a large amount of money appears in his bank account, weapons are discovered in his flat and a woman calls him to warn him that the FBI are just about to crash in to his flat. This makes no sense to him so he laughs it off but when it does happen, he starts to panic as he's arrested. Its not long before he ends up escaping from the FBI and no matter what he does, the mysterious female voice always reaches him through other peoples phones and messages are relayed on LCD displays etc. its not long before he ends up with a woman, a stranger who has also become victim to this lady calling her and threatening to do certain things or her son will be killed. As events progress, they realise what grave danger their in - can they get out of this alive? who's this woman making the calls and what's it all about?! you'll have to watch the movie to find out, of course.
- Thoughts & Opinions -
This movie is thoroughly watchable, its just rather farcical, in a similar way to the movie Source Code - I think thats a fair summary in one sentence but I'll elaborate to make this a full review. There's alot of action in this movie, plenty of chase scenes, including car chases and chases on foot, explosions and the like - quite a few scenes had me glued to the TV screen, so its quite engrossing. Given the story and what the characters are co-erced/forced to do to prolong their lives, its really quite tense and the whole time your trying to guess what its all leading up to and what the ultimate outcome will be.
I don't remember for sure but I seemed to remember hearing of mediocre to very critical reviews of this particular movie, which led me to feel sceptical towards it before I'd seen it - its a shame as I did quite enjoy it, I was surprised by how entertaing I found it, although I can understand critics who may have complained about the basic plot being rather unoriginal and possibly even unhelpful in this present climate (in relation to terrorism) I suppose. I reckon if you like shows like 24 for the action, then you'd likely enjoy this though.
The main characters are decent enough, perhaps their perhaps slightly cheesy in a way, the main character Jerry Shaw being a particularly dull, average guy who lives, or lived, in his now late brothers shadow (boo hoo) and Rachel, the other main character, who has to 'soldier on' or her dear young son will be killed - an under achiever and a mother effectively being held to ransom with her young son as bait - wow, there's originality for you(!). No, the story is hardly breaking new ground but that certainly isnt to say that this is a very poor, boring movie - I found it to be quite engrossing for the durating it was on. I felt that this movie is very, of course, very much of a 'Big Brother', voyeuristic style - this can't be recommended to people who suffer from extreme paranoia, thats for sure!.
The movie features some fairly big names in the cast, including Shia LaBeouf (star of Disturbia and the Transformers movies) and Michelle Monaghan as Jerry and Rachel - they both provide pretty average performances, I wouldn't say either particularly stood as being exceptional in any way, as far as I can remember. Other well known cast members include Billy Bob Thornton (aka Angelina vile guy - get it? as in the blood vile thing they did - very strange...anyway(!)) as agent Thomas Morgan - the agent chasing Jerry who believes him to be a terrorist. I thought he gave quite a good performance, though perhaps not outstanding but his character was alright. Other names perhaps worth a mention include Ethan Embry, Rosario Dawson and Michael Chiklis (best known for playing the lead role in the hard hitting TV drama The Shield).
As the movie heads towards its climax, it becomes more gripping and I couldn't help but feel for Rachel with the decisions that she was forced to make. The special effects are heightened with some extra large explosions to keep us glued, although unfortunately 'the cheese' also comes back into play with one or two scenes of a highly unoriginal nature - the old 'im not going to make it but you must do this - go on son or it'll be for nothing' type dialogue and such as that.
Looking again for negative aspects, I suppose if you think logically about the premise of the movie and the events that take place, the real chance that events would unfold as they do is, of course, extremely minimal but moreso in terms of the actual explosions etc., oh just by chance Jerry and Rachel are able to escape relatively unscathed from many close calls - hmmm(!). This is also a very 'American' movie, with the underlying message to do with national security but the ending being quite patriotic and suchlike, which may not necessarily appeal to everyone I suppose.
Yes the movie uses a somewhat tired cat and mouse chase type plot idea, its not really unique and its rather cheesy in parts but its still quite watchable and entertaining if just for the fast paced action. This is neither an utterly awful or a very good or excellent movie, it would be another of the movies I'd give a 3.5 star rating for if such a rating were possible - as it is, I think I'll give it a 4 star rating as its quite watchable and certainly entertaining as a basic action/thriller movie.
- Would I Recommend It? -
This is slightly more difficult to decide on - I think it depends, so I'm on the fence in this regards. If your looking for a movie to pass the time, just a basic action movie with lots of explosions and chase scenes, something quite tense and fast paced, then this is a good option but the story just isn't anything new or particularly interesting and there is that 'cheese factor' which will put people off and doesn't do it any real favours. Hopefully you can decide for yourself based on what I've said, whether this would be worth you paying to see.
Thanks for reading my review, I hope you found it useful and thanks for all rates and comments.
I wasn't really sure what Eagle Eye was about and I just couldn't seem to make it out from the adverts I saw at the cinema. I had recently seen Transformers and Disturbia, and knew that Shia LeBouf normally plays a very good character in films, so I was quite looking forward to seeing what he was going to do in this film.
LeBouf is one of the main characters along with Michelle Monaghan. The film starts with American Intellegence spying on a funeral in Iraq. This leads you to believe this film will be a typical war film, however once you get through the film you realise it is not. LeBouf plays a bit of a waster with not much going for him in life. All out of nowhere his life completely changes. He recieves a call tipping him off that he is going to be arraested by the FBI for making a bomb. He knows nothing of the sort until he realises his house is full of fertiliser and other ingredients used to make bombs.
He makes a break to run for it but gets caught and locked up. Noone seems to believe him protesting his innocence or stories of mystery phone calls. Next thing we know, again out of nowhere he is broken out of his prison cell and has to follow orders, given by phone conbversations, just like the first one. They are crazy and dangerous, but he now seems to be trapped in a world where he has no choice. He is stressed, in danger and incredibly highly strung. He is trhown on this trail with Monoghan, who has her sons live to protect so is also following these orders.
They get to the bottom of the cause and the fix by the end, which I am not going to give away as it will spoil the film, but it is completely not what you would expect. The film turns and twists and ends nothing like it started. If you like high paced drama and thrills you will like this film with its abstract storyline!
Released in 2008 and directed by D J Curuso, Eagle Eye follows Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBouef) and Rachael Hollowman (Michelle Monaghan) as two strangers forced together by a mysterious female at the other end of their mobiles who threatens the lives of them and their families if they don't cooperate fully. They are forced risk their lives without knowing how this happened or why they were chosen.
At the beginning of the film I was as confused as the characters as to what was going on. They seemed to be on a crazy mission and thoughts of terrorists' plots and assassinations were going through my mind. As the film progressed things did become clearer but it was only near the very end that I had any concrete evidence as to what was really happening.
It does start of a little slow but this is necessary to introduce the characters and for the viewer to develop some understanding of their motives and background. After the first half hour or so the film goes into overdrive and it's a non stop adrenaline rush to the end.
Eagle Eye doesn't really bring any new ideas to the table and doesn't take many risks but the plot moves along at an energetic pace even though the script is nothing special. The film does build up a bit of anticipation and the climax was engaging and all loose ends were tied up.
The main theme looks at the ethics of modern technology being able to track your every move. It shows how in the wrong hands this type of intelligence can have disastrous consequences. This isn't an original idea and it's so in your face that there is nothing for you to consider afterwards.
Overall, this is really just an action movie. The basic premise isn't really fully explored and doesn't give the viewer much to think about. It does do the action well though and the special effects enhance the thrills and spills along the way. The background music adds to what's going on and the setting although not visually stunning is an appropriate backdrop.
The actors do a god job with Shia LaBouef being reasonably convincing as the lead. Michelle Monaghan is believable in her role giving us some realistic emotion and making the best of the script. Billy Bob Thornton was a little wooden as the stereotypical FBI agent but I think that may have been down to the character and not his skills as an actor.
I think most people will, like me neither love this film nor hate it. It's good while it lasts and after that it is easily forgotten. I rented this from Blockbusters as part of their 5 films for £5 deal so it effectively cost me £1 for the viewing pleasure. For that price it's worth it, I wouldn't think a second viewing is advisable so renting is probably the best option.
If you are thinking of seeing this film just remember not to take it seriously. This is a reasonable film that boasts some good action and as long as you don't expect anything more it is fairly enjoyable.
A review of the film only. It is available on DVD for £3.98. I saw it aired on TV.
Fast paced from the start, Eagle Eye is a technological action thriller that really relies on a far fetched plot and an overloading of special effects and crashed cars to push it through. After an initial scene which vaguely explains some impending terrorist doom about to befall us all, we switch to fast talking Jerry Shaw (Shia LeBoeuf), a slacker who all of a suddenly finds his bank account with an extra $750,000 and a whole bunch of dodgy equipment, poison and chemicals delivered to his appartment.
Then, shortly before the FBI crash through his door, he receives a phone call from a mysterious woman, who tries to instruct him to safety, with no immediate explanation. Elsewhere, single mum Rachel (Michelle Monaghan) also receives a call, with a different set of instructions, the threat of her son dying if she doesn't follow instruction enough to kick start her into action. They are both told that they have been 'activated.'
Once they meet, it's an intense and busy hour and a half which takes them rushing all over the place, potential confusion avoided every minute by the fact that the film just does not let up in pace at all. Governmental secrets start to come out of the woodwork, and this involves the inclusion of a number of military authorities. Michael Chiklis gives a rather underused performance as the Secretary of Defence, and Anthony Mackie is a former colleague of Shaw's dead twin brother, who was a genius soldier stuck in a mundane job...........or so it seemed.
As events progress, there are more revelations that try to make sense of things, but just as the film doesn't let you get too confused because of the pace, it also prevents clarification. You just about get the gist that there is something highly technological and secret going on, and it's really interesting to see how the Big Brother mentality could develop into something so invasive that we are watched all the time, followed, that we can't do anything without being observed.
Rumour has it that Shia LeBoeuf spent time with a CIA agent who told him 1 in 5 phone calls we make is recorded, for one reason or another. I imagine this is for monitoring purposes. This film makes good use of potential technology to track people as they are sent here, there and everywhere, and Jerry and Rachel soon discover that they are not the only ones being manipulated by the mysterious caller. In all honesty, I was a bit disappointed, as I felt the unbelievability factor just increased throughout the film, and what started as an intriguing and fast paced action thriller finished with me having lost some of the interest I had at the start.
That having been said, it's well worth just sitting back and letting the film overtake you, enjoying the well worked special effects and action scenes, and perhaps I wouldn't have been as disappointed had I followed this piece of advice. Most of the film involves chase scenes and explosions, and there must have been a large budget considering the amount of cars that get trashed and building that wind up demolished. This element of the film is really impressive.
It's frantic stuff, and LeBoeuf's performance is very similar to what he gave us in Transformers, but without the cringeworthy posing camera shots. Monaghan does really well, as do poor old Billy Bob Thornton and Rosario Dawson, the authorities trying to chase them down. It is an enjoyable film to watch, in places, just so long as you realise that it's highly unbelievable in places. Sit back and try not to think about it too much, just accept what it gives you and don't analyse. If you do, you'll be annoyed. If you don't, then you may just really enjoy yourself.
Every now and then you just need to see a dumb action movie. You know it's going to be dumb so you have no real right to criticize it, as is the case here. To find that movie you just check for Shia LeBouf's films in Blockbusters bargain bin and away you go. Eagle Eye is that film.
Directed by David Caruso it's a cross between the excellent Enemy of the State (Will Smith) and the tongue-in-cheek cool and tempo of Transporter 2 (Jason Statham), Eagle Eye a deliciously preposterous techno thriller that twists and turns more than George Best corkscrew, those crazy twists to avoid close inspection of the plot. It was originally muted to be a Spielberg movie no less, the great director keen to work with Shia again after the success of Indian Jones and the Crystal Skull. But he wisely passed on the script and used LeBouf in Disturbia instead, the cheeky remake of Rear Window, also directed by David Caruso.
To be fair on Shia and co-star Michelle Monaghan they did threw themselves into this by doing 80% of their stunts, Caruso pretty keen to make sure the action was authentic, refreshingly laying off the CGI, Paul Greengrass/Bourne Identity style, the car chases pretty god fun. To further encourage you guys this was the first film released in September since the enjoyable romcom Sweet Home Alabama (2002) to gross over $100 million dollars, clearly a superior dim action movie on offer here.
Shia LaBeouf ... Jerry Shaw
Michelle Monaghan ... Rachel Holloman
Rosario Dawson ... Zoe Perez
Michael Chiklis ... Defense Secretary Callister
Anthony Mackie ... Major William Bowman
Ethan Embry ... Agent Toby Grant
Billy Bob Thornton ... Agent Thomas Morgan
Anthony Azizi ... Ranim Khalid
Cameron Boyce ... Sam Holloman
Lynn Cohen ... Mrs. Wierzbowski
The film begins with US Special Forces getting a lead on a suspected terrorist, tracking a vapour trail of dust from the convoy of jihad's rumbling across the desert somewhere in the Middle East, the Predator drone poised over head with its Hellfire missile primed as the target heads to a small village, the kill zone. But getting a positive ID proves difficult for the Americans, and the computer system recommends that the mission be aborted, only for the US President to override and order the mission strike to be carried out anyway.
We are then back in America where we meet lowly photocopier clerk Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf), a Stanford College drop out who is seriously behind with his rent, perhaps through one too many poker games. Jerry has just lost his twin brother Ethan on military service, he a graduate and successful army intelligence officer, brilliant in his field, the exact opposite to his slacker brother. But life is about to get even worse for Jerry, suddenly accused of being an international terrorist by the FBI, the mysterious appearance of $750,000 in his bank account and his apartment stuffed full of weapons and explosives the evidence, a mysterious phone greeting him when he arrives home from work with the words: 'you have been activated. Your compliance is vital', giving him just 30 seconds to escape his apartment or the FBI will catch him, which they do, clearly not the FBI on the phone.
At about the same time in the same city attractive single mom Rachel Hollman (Michelle Monaghan) has received a similar phone call, she too activated, telling her she must do exactly as she is told or she will never see her daughter again, nearby TV screens confirming that possibility. Who ever is on the other end of the phone are able to control a significant amount of the cities infrastructure like CCTV and traffic systems, so not someone to argue with. When Jerry is preposterously busted out of the FBI headquarters and paired up with the girl on the phone they are soon racing across town to the demands of the mysterious phone caller. But who are these people and what is their goal? And they will soon learn they are not the only people receiving these threatening phone calls to carry out these life and death tasks, people 'activated' all across America.
FBI Agent Thomas Morgan (Billy Bob Thornton) is the man on their tale, but totally unaware of their apparent innocence, as far as he is concerned terrorist about to carry out an imminent attack, and that bugled attack on the Muslim terrorists seemingly at the heart of the mystery that quickly unfolds...
During the filming Shia LaBeouf stated that an F.B.I. Agent told him and the cast that 1 in every 5 phone calls someone makes is recorded. To prove this, the agent had him listen to a phone call he made 2 years prior to filming.
Although there are plenty of scream at the screen moments here for the more ridiculous scenes this isn't too bad. As I said the car chase that revs up the movie is a good one, the homage to the Italian Job style manoeuvre to take control of the traffic lights and CCTV nostalgic fun. That was a great movie scene of its time. You always have to remember that these films are meant to be over the top so just sit back and enjoy it. Watching the chaos unfold here is like the tongue-in-cheek Final Destination movies but the main protagonist knowing what's coming and so the roller coaster never quite leaves the tracks. It's also a movie that makes good use of cell phones, product placement also on the menu.
As far as Shia LaBeouf (pronounced shi* LeBouf for many) goes it's more of the Transformers bravado acting, although less mugging to camera this time. He is a bit of a luvvie by all-accounts and in order to become emotional for Ethan's funeral scene; he listened to Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow" in which he stated that he "breaks down" when hearing that song. He should try watching more of his movies if he wants to break down on set. I suppose all you can say to Shia is: Acting - you have been activated. Your compliance is vital!
You may not want to see this again like you do Predator and Under Siege but its likeable hokum and the central premise of technology ruling our lives and taken most of the decisions in the future isn't that far off the truth. The predator drone is completely remote controlled and so the US military has almost subconsciously convinced themselves that if the Drone takes out an Afghan wedding party it was the machines fault and so not there's, a dangerous place to be, children now longer going to family gatherings in Afghanistan because of.
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Quite a few although mostly extended ones...
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Behind the scenes stuff from cast and crew.
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Imdb.com scores it 6.7 out of 10.0 (47, 234 votes)
RuN -TiMe 118 minutes
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I went to see Eagle Eye in the hope that, as is stars Shia LaBeouf, (who was very good in Transformers) it would be good, but I was thoroughly let down.
I do not blame LaBeouf for his disappointing performance, I blame the director. The film has a potential for some very good action scenes, so well done to the script writer, but because of the poor directing and camera work, you can hardly see what's happening, due to the amount of blurring. It is like it's being filmed on a mobile phone camera, and especially for younger children who the film is somewhat targeted at, it is very hard to understand. The film is a 12A, so it seems that it is targeted at around 12-15 year olds, but even some adults won't understand the plot, so it is not worth your time
On the plus side, the idea for the film is good, but it's a shame it was so poorly delivered
In conclusion, it isn't really worth going to watch at all.
// Film Only Review //
This was a movie I really wanted to see, but never managed to watch it until it came onto Sky Movies. I got straight round to watching it and wasn't disappointed with what I saw.
~~~ Cast ~~~
Shia LaBeouf ... Jerry Shaw
Michelle Monaghan ... Rachel Holloman
Rosario Dawson ... Zoe Perez
Billy Bob Thornton ... Agent Thomas Morgan
~~~ Synopsis ~~~
Jerry and Rachel meet after both receiving a phone call from a woman neither of them has ever heard from before. Threatening their lives and family, the mysterious woman pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations, using the modern technology of everyday life to monitor and influence their every step.
~~~ Opinion on Cast ~~~
Previously when I've written reviews about movies Shia LaBeouf stars in I always say that I've never seen a bad film, which he's in. Eagle Eye continues this trend. LaBeouf is excellent in the movie and plays his role excellently.
Michelle Monaghan is also excellent. Acting alongside LaBeouf she plays her part brilliantly, as the more emotional and on edge part of the duo. The scenes when she has to act scared and emotional she accomplishes to perfection.
Bill Bob Thornton is also in the movie in a more serious role in which I'm used to seeing him playing. He manages to pull of the role of no-nonsense detective without any problems.
~~~ Opinion on Movie ~~~
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, mainly because of the excellent story, which kept me guessing what was going to happen next. Throughout the movie I constantly had to re-think what might be happening and what the movie was leading up to.
The movie gets underway quite quickly and you have to pay close attention to what's being said or else you might miss something, which is crucial to the story.
The whole movie is well written and small things, which don't seem important at first all start to play a role in the ending of the movie, thanks to the very clever writing of the production team.
There are also some good car chase scenes within the movie, with a number of high-speed crashes. The special effects used in some of the scenes are also very impressive, but don't go over the top.
~~~ Final Thought ~~~
An excellent movie, one of the best I've watched this year. It also touches on some important issues regarding modern technology and a real life 'Big Brother' situation. Although, some things which happened in the movie are still a few years away from being possible today.
Definitely worth watching, but be ready to watch carefully. Don't watch this movie if you're going to be distracted by other things, it will just waste a great movie for you.
For a relatively new kid on the block, Shia LeBeouf seems to be cropping up in a fair few films these days. First he was being mothered by Carrie-Ann Moss in Disturbia, then hanging out with a bunch of robots and Megan Fox in Transformers, after which he was swanning about with aliens and that creaky old bloke with the whip and Fedora in the latest Indy instalment, and now he gets to spend a whole film in close proximity to Michelle Monaghan. Some guys get all the luck. I want his job.
I was in the DVD store, casting about for a decent actioner to take home for the extended family to watch (my in-laws have a projector and I was looking for "big screen" material for movie night) when Eagle Eye caught my attention. I don't usually rent films without knowing anything about them, but the cover blurb was intriguing and the cast looked OK, so I took the plunge (but also grabbed "State of Play" as kind of a fall-back in case Eagle was a real duffer).
Jerry Shaw (LeBeouf) is a directionless serial slacker who has trouble committing to anything in his life. He has held a variety of jobs and travelled a lot, but to his father's obvious disgust, appears to be "wasting" his life. Jerry has a lot to live up to - his identical twin brother, Ethan, is a super-high achiever in the Air Force and obviously the pride of his parents lives - but although Jerry loves his brother, his mere existence is enough to constantly remind him of the failure that he - and others - perceive him to be. As such, he does not keep in contact with his family, preferring to go it alone rather than have to demean himself by asking for their help.
After this brief introduction to Jerry, he gets the first of two phone calls that will change his life forever. The first is from his mother, who calls to tell him of the tragic news that his twin has been killed in a car accident. The second comes shortly after he returns from the funeral. Having just found his previously empty bank account stuffed full of money, and a cache of weapons and explosives waiting in his flat, his phone rings, and a female voice calmly tells him that the FBI is about to raid his flat and that he has seconds to escape. This call sets a scarcely believable juggernaut of events into motion that forms the central premise of the film.
Meanwhile, across town, Rachel Holloman (Monagahan), is introduced as a hard-working single parent raising a precocious young boy. Her ex-husband is portrayed as self-absorbed and unreliable, but we only get to see him briefly, so the portrayal is a bit one-sided and anecdotal. We are introduced to this broken family as they meet up at a train station in Chicago to see their young son off on a school trip to Washington DC, where his school band is playing at the Kennedy Center as part of the festivities centred around the President's State of the Union address.
Having seen her son safely off, Rachel goes for a rare night out with her girlfriends, only to be interrupted by a phone call from her son. Only, it isn't her son. The same female voice threatens to arrange to have her son's train de-railed unless she follows instructions explicitly. Rachel and Jerry's lives collide very soon after, and what follows is an intense, action packed and highly entertaining race against the clock which combines suspense, thrills, wry humour and some decent acting performances to make a good, fun film.
Without doubt, this is the best acting performance I have seen from LeBeouf in his short career to date. He plays Jerry Shaw with a pathos and endearing charm that gives the character surprising depth. This is a guy - an everyman - that you end up caring about and can relate to despite the slightly unbelievable things that are happening to him.
Monaghan, on the other hand, is either a limited talent, or looks like she is going through the motions. Perhaps it doesn't help that her character comes across as a little unsympathetic (sending your seven or eight year old kid 1,500 miles cross country to perform at the nation's best classical music venue - and you prefer a night out on the lash with the girls? Honestly!). Also, while you are pretty sure about what drives Jerry Shaw, you don't really get a handle on Rachel Holloman, and while there is some chemistry between the two, it seems a little forced and lazy.
The supporting cast puts in a good turn - especially Billy Bob Thornton as the FBI agent tasked to track down the fleeing pair - although there are shades of Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive) in his cynical, world-weary and slightly grizzled performance. Michael Chiklis has a small role as the Secretary of Defense, which he pulls off credibly, ably assisted by Rosario Dawson's Air Force liasion. Nobody is going to win an Oscar for their performance, but no one really lets the side down either.
Once the film gets going, it gallops along at a breakneck pace, hardly giving you a chance to think, or catch up - which is just as well really because a lot of the events stretch credibility even for Hollywood. The central conceit of the film (and I give nothing away here) - the use of everyday technology as a means of covert surveillance and manipulation - is thought-provoking and interestingly realised, however, at times, it is so unbelievably executed that you just sit there thinking "You're kidding - no chance!". The "12" rating is fully justified due to the violence (several people are shot and the chases are pretty destructive) and the foul language routinely used by the protagonists.
DJ Caruso (who also directed LeBeouf in "Disturbia" and Michael Chiklis in "The Shield") directs with an even hand, and at its running time of just under 2 hours, it's a generally well-paced film, although there are one or two places where it drags just a little. Steven Spielberg is listed as an "Executive Producer" (and features prominently on the marketing material) but I am not really sure what that role actually adds to a film, so tend not to place great store by it. Apparently, according to the extras, very little digital enhancement was used in filming the stunt and chase sequences, which definitely adds to the realism of the film.
Finally, the ending is pure Hollywood. It's difficult to critique without giving too much away. Up until then, it was doing quite nicely as a "check brain at door" type high-tech actioner with a heart, with a nice little redemption story on the side. Suffice it to say, in my book, the last three or four minutes were totally unnecessary, added nothing to the film and to be frank, really annoyed me.
The DVD comes with a photo gallery (with stills from the film and publicity material), a short featurette called "Road Trip" telling how the film was made and highlighting the experiences of cast and crew in shooting for only two or three days at various locations, a gag reel that is actually quite funny, and an alternate ending which I'll let you make your own mind up about. Very much like the film, the extras are hit and miss in quality (and quantity) and won't take you more than ten minutes to cycle through. On their own, I'd give them six out of ten. The DVD is currently available on Amazon.co.uk for £5.98, but you're better off renting than buying even at that price.
If you are after a bit of mindless fun, don't mind the lack of originality, and are willing to be carried along by a film rather than actively participate in it, then Eagle Eye is pretty good as the limited genre goes. LeBeouf does just about raise the film above the mediocre with his performance. Just don't spend too much time analysing what you are seeing because once you scratch the surface you realise that there's not a whole lot of substance underneath. That said, it it's entertainment you are after, there's nothing wrong with superficiality - this is Hollywood after all.
Recommended - with reservations.
© Hishyeness 2009
Eagle eye. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario this films sets the scene on a government computer gone hideously wrong. When the computer infiltrates the infrastructure of America, controlling surveillance, communications, and transport and the military. No one is safe. As the computer is trying to over through the present government in hope of a new established American government. The characters play there part very well, the dialogue is excellent, plenty of action and tension to keep you on the edge of your set. A great film for the popcorn evening in with the family. Its certainly a must watch movie and will certainly appeal to any audience out there who likes actions and thriller. Worth a buy you will not be disappointed. I know I wasn't. All the characters play there parts well, the movie has a great ending. At this movie leaves you thinking that even technology cannot be trusted these days and how much our technology is changing and rapidly. Certainly a movie for the whole family. Again Shia plays his part extremely well like all his films.
After the death of his twin brother Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) gets a call from a unknown person (Voiced by Julianne Moore although she is not credited in the film) that he has been chosen and has to escape from his appartment before the police arrive as he has been set up to look like a terrorist, is arrested and is questionned at the FBI Building buy Agent Thomas Morgan (Billy Bob Thornton), they interrogate him but they dont believe his is innocent.
When Jerry is allowed to use his one phone call he his contacted by the unknow female caller who helps his escape from the FBI Custody.
We then meet Rachel Holloman (Michele Monaghan) who is a divorced paralegal who has taken her son to the train station so he can perform at the White House. Whilst on a night out with friends she receives a call from the caller telling her if she didnt do what they said they would kill her son.
Soon Jerry & Rachel are teamed up and told by the caller do what she says whilst been tracked by Agen Morgan & Joe Perez (Rosario Dawson).
Eagle Eye is a smart Thriller thta keeps you guessing throught the film. I was not expecting much before the film but i was supprised how enjoyable, but it did seem to copying I Robot with the plot later on,
LaBoeuf & Monaghan performed there roles well throughout the film and they really made the roles convincing. The Special Effects are good as expected these days. The twist at the end is great. This film is not to be missed.
Jerry Shaw is having a bad week. His brother dies in action and since then odd things happen to him, he gets an assortment of guns and weaponry delivered to his home and is framed for various crimes and wanted by the police. Soon a mysterious caller phones Jerry and orders him to follow her instructions if he wants his life back.
Elsewhere, the caller contacts Rachel Holloman and threatens the life of her son if she does not cooperate. Rachel and Jerry meet and are trapped together by the demands of this caller who seems to have an uncanny knowledge of everything that goes on. They have no choice but to comply and eventually discover the truth.
The action scenes are very exciting and each chase puts you on edge even though they don't really possess realism. However, this is helped by some really good acting; Shia LaBeouf manages to leave behind his days of bad comedy and seems to really have grown up enough to perfectly fit this rol.
If you can't handle there being plot holes and some truly unbelievable storylines then this is probably not the film for you. But it is good enough for an action romp.
Preposterous on so many levels. Regular civilians drive through an incredibly complicated car-chase. They use shot-guns to steal a major, secretive chemical. They end up breaking into the Pentagon. They end up saving the United States of America etc... There isn't a whole lot that is at all realistic or believable in this film - which is one of the weaknesses of the film, but also something that makes this film entertaining as hell. Shia LaBeouf and Mcihelle Monaghan both get myserious phone-calls telling them what to do. If they disobey, the mysterious caller has the ability to kill them. Wow... The tension just mounts up from the start and it just doesn't know how to stop. With so many incredible events that the two main protagonists go through, the pace is kept up throughout the film which provides so much fun. Time just flies by whilst watching this with plenty of action scenes and thrills packed into one place. Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monoghan have good chemistry. LaBeouf in particular displays an adequate amount of depth into his character looking very convincing. The explanation for all of the random phone-calls and the excessive need for the caller to control everything turns out to be intelligent and satisfying.
Love him or hate him, Shia LaBeouf is no doubt a popular choice amongst Hollywood producers nowadays. His latest starring role comes in the D.J. Caruso directed action thriller 'Eagle Eye', which takes the form of a 'techno-paranoia' thriller, very much in the mold of 'Die hard 4.0' and 'Cellular'.
Jerry Shaw (LaBeouf) is an ordinary guy working for a Chigago copy centre. Upon returning to his apartment one evening, he finds a cache of heavy weapons, bomb-making equipment and fake passports printed in his name. After receiving a phone call instructing him to leave the house as the FBI will be there in minutes, Shaw must act quickly - but who is the mystery caller, and what will happen if he doesn't follow their instructions?
The film is very reminiscent of the early scene in 'The Matrix', where 'Neo' is guided through his office by phone-call and told exactly when to move. You can tell that Eagle Eye borrows very heavily from this premise, as the entire film works on this principle. The result is an entertaining, yet for the most part ridiculous, roller coaster ride which requires you to switch off your brain during the experience. It's a film which is easy to pick holes in the convoluted plot, so it's probable that the purists and sticklers for accuracy amongst you won't be that impressed.
Shia LaBeouf is actually pretty good in the movie, and I didn't find him quite as annoying as I usually do in many of his roles. His portrayal of a guy who suddenly finds himself as a wanted man seems pretty authentic and is easy to watch. Michelle Monaghan plays Rachel Holloman, a young mum who is also in a similar position to Shaw, as she too is following the instructions of the voice on the end of her cellphone. Monaghan puts in a believable performance, and the two lead roles share a decent on-screen chemistry.
Other performances of note include Billy Bob Thornton's portrayal of Agent Thomas Morgan who believes for the most part that the framed LaBeouf IS actually a terrorist, and therefore embarks on a 'Fugitive' style man-hunt.
The film's ending (involving a bomb and an orchestra) is identical to that of the spy comedy 'Get Smart' - so if you've seen that film, you'll know what to expect in this one. In fact, I can't believe that two separate films could feature such a similar set-piece without law suits being passed around.
Although ridiculous, Eagle Eye makes for entertaining viewing, and if it's non-stop action that you want, you won't be disappointed with this one. Borrowing heavily, and I mean heavily, from other movies, Eagle Eye lacks in originality, but certainly makes up for it with its dumb, frenetic entertainment value - recommended
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Shia LaBeouf - Jerry Shaw
Michelle Monaghan - Rachel Holloman
Rosario Dawson - Zoe Perez
Michael Chiklis - Defense Secretary Callister
Anthony Mackie - Major William Bowman
Ethan Embry - Agent Toby Grant
Billy Bob Thornton - Agent Thomas Morgan
You can purchase Eagle Eye for £11.98 from amazon.co.uk
Note: this review was written for my review website, ShaunMunro.co.uk, thanks!
How D.J. Caruso's Eagle Eye was able, or even keen to elude the "Summer blockbuster" window is anyone's guess, for it is as untowardly showy as any work to hit our screens this Summer. Moreover, in keeping with the unfortunate tradition of many of those films, Eagle Eye is, for all of its visual effects and overblown set pieces, a narratively stodgy action thriller.
The second that protagonist Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) appears on the screen, so do the clichés - his character is down on his luck, and we are very hastily asked to feel sorry for him at a stage in the film where it is impossible to know anything substantial about him as a person, and thus feel any empathy to his numerous troubles. Needless to say, the bathetic attempt at character development does not resonate at all.
Subtlety is not expected in a film like this, and fortunately, it works to the film's strengths - it doesn't take too long before Shaw is thrown into a wild situation in which he is framed for conspiring to commit a terrorist act, and is hauled in by the FBI. To stir the pot further, Shaw receives a warning phone call mere seconds before he is apprehended from a strangely prescient woman who ultimately saves Shaw from several big scrapes throughout the film. Thus, one must award Eagle Eye some points for intrigue - plenty is layered on, but regrettably, without much satisfying exposition at all.
For such a flimsily constructed film, Eagle Eye sports an impressive cast, both in regard to star power and acting chops. LaBeouf makes a surprisingly convincing action hero, given his youthful appearance, although this is perhaps to the foil of the chemistry between himself and romantic interest Michelle Monaghan, who plays a single mother caught between the gunfire and explosions. Meanwhile, Billy Bob Thornton makes an ever-welcome appearance as a delightfully clichéd FBI agent, and Rosario Dawson and Michael Chiklis provide adequate supporting turns.
The cast are, however, forced to contend with a script that is impossibly convoluted, frequently resembling The Matrix, yet setting it in a world that is so clearly intend to reflect our own. Moreover, the success of the narrative relies on so much coincidence and artifice that it creates a profound distancing effect toward the viewer.
This is all the more a shame considering D.J. Caruso's solid action direction, the invariable highlight of the film. Caruso has a talent for crafting intense and kinetic action scenes - it is just a shame that his talents aren't lent to something more substantial.
Unfortunately, not even Caruso's deft directorial hand can salvage a film that is fatally imbued with a laundry list of contrivances, waltzing into unintentional amusement by the half-way mark, namely as a man is spontaneously combusted by a fleet of strategically placed and implemented power cables.
From here, things only get worse - Monaghan and LaBeouf's characters become certifiable badasses in the blink of an eye, and by this stage, believing Looney Tunes is a markedly more reasonable expectation than the helplessly, shamelessly ridiculous plot of Eagle Eye.
Not entirely empty-headed, Eagle Eye raises the same concerns of privacy and "big brother" that better films have, although adds little to this debate. At least in examining the passive danger of social networking sites, however, it is better suited to our time than films of decades past.
Once the third act begins, any morsel of gritty realism is well and truly expunged by a stultifying chase between a plane and a car that takes place inside a tunnel, as well as some elements borrowed from science-fiction fare that don't do this purported political thriller many favours.
Eagle Eye is not a terrible film, simply a deeply flawed one, replete with shameless liftings from the likes of The Matrix and Enemy of the State. Not only content to be derivative, Caruso's film also buckles under a narrative that does not play by its own rules - it establishes a realistic locale in which people have debt, family members die, and people are mourned, and then usurps this with barely a believable moment beyond the film's first act. The action crowd may find some visceral delight in the ridiculous action scenes (my favourite of which involves a plane blowing a big rig to smithereens), yet these scenes can be said to undercut and suffocate the film's very real indictment of the powers that be and our individual lack of privacy. The film's screenplay has a real voice, but you'd be hard-pressed to hear it over all of the explosions and contorting metal.
Nevertheless, Caruso has not necessarily done himself a huge disservice - there is plenty of unintentional comedy to derive from Eagle Eye, and it is as well-directed and well-performed a piece of schlocky entertainment as you are likely to find.
Eagle Eye is an action/ thriller film released 26th September 2008. The film was made on a budget of $80,000,000 an has grossed an estimated $178,066,569 at the box office. Despite it's box office success, Eagle Eye didn't do very well with the critics, infact only 27% of them gave this film a decent review. The film is rated 12 and runs for approximately 118 minutes.
D.J Caruso directed this, he's also responsible for the brilliant Taking Lives starring Angelina Jolie and the mediocre horror starring Shia LaBeouf. Steven Speilberg produces this, with someone like Steven Speilberg on board you're bound to have a great end result aren't you?
Shia LaBeouf plays the lead, this is of course the young actors second time working with D.J Caruso. Shia LaBeouf has starred in: Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Disturbia and the brilliant Transformers. Michelle Monaghan stars opposite him, she's appeared in: Gone Baby Gone, Made Of Honour and Mission: Impossible III. Billy Bob Thornton and Rosario Dawson co-star.
Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) is a non motivated lay-about who works in a print shop, unlike his twin brother Ethan Shaw who is in the military. When his brother is tragically killed strange events begin happening to Jerry; firstly he goes to an ATM and discovers his balance to be over $750,000,000, next thing he goes home and finds his apartment to be filled with boxes which happen to be full of weapons. He then receives a phone call from an unknown woman informing him that the FBI will arrive at his apartment in 30 seconds and he must flee straight away. Not believing the woman he is then arrested, like before he receives another phone call which tells him to duck, he is broken out of the interrogation room and told to get on a train...
Rachel Holloman is a young single mother who's son has just boarded a train to make his way to Washington DC in order to perform a music piece with his class mates in front of the president. While in a bar with friends she receives a phone call telling her that if she wants her son to live she'll do exactly what she's told, she is then directed to a Porsche where she meets Jerry. The two have no idea what's going on but when the idea of a terrorist attack comes to light they know that they are not dealing with amateurs.
When I first saw Eagle Eye advertised I thought it looked like a good film and was something that really appealed to me, however Eagle Eye sort of fell of the radar pretty quickly and as a result of that I got the misconception that this film was probably a bit of a let down and really wasn't worth seeing at the cinema. I decided that I may as well just wait until it begins showing on Sky Box Office which tends to be about 6 months after it's cinema release. So when I checked my Sky Box Office listings and found this to be showing, I had nothing else to do so thought I'd give it a go.
Within the first 10 minutes of this film I must admit that I was beginning to think that it would going to be dull, the film starts quite slowly and doesn't get going for about half an hour. Near the beginning you witness the US Military getting orders from the president to send a missile down to kill 30 or more people as they thought that one of them was a terrorist. When I saw this I thought that I'd make a big mistake paying to watch this, films concerning the government and Iraqi terrorists really don't interest me. Nevertheless I gave it the benefit of the doubt and continued watching, a decision I don't regret.
When the film gets going it becomes very enthralling and something that you can't take your eyes off. As soon as Shia LaBeouf gets arrested by the FBI for an unknown reason I knew that the storyline was only going to heat up and get better and that's exactly what it did. The action is thick and fast and the film moves along at a very fast pace which grabs your attention and doesn't let it go. I like the way that you don't know what's going on, it makes you feel like you're along for the ride with the characters and it makes the film that much more tense and exhilarating.
I'm a big fan of Shia LaBeouf, I loved him in Transformers and thought he was absolutely brilliant in Eagle Eye. I've heard that he's been tipped to be the next Tom Hanks and after watching quite a few of his performances it's very easy to see why. I wasn't too familiar with Michelle Monaghan before this film, I had seen her Gone Baby Gone, a film which I hated and I must admit that I wasn't too thrilled by her performance in Eagle Eye either. It may just be because she was overshadowed by the talents of Shia LaBeouf but I found her performance to be forgettable, I feel like she didn't make the character her own and felt that any actress could have played her part and some could have done a better job of it.
The first hour and 15 minutes of Eagle Eye I found to be extremely entertaining and really had me on the edge of my seat, unfortunately the last 45 minutes or so sort of fell flat for me. It's a 2 hour film which is generally the norm for these sorts of films however I feel that the film should have been shortened as towards the end it manages to lose it's flow and the plot begins to thicken making it harder to follow. I feel that the film could have been shortened to an hour and a half, wrapping the film up nicely therefore making it much easier to follow and a lot more entertaining.
Another thing that I didn't particularly like about this film was it's similarities to other films, the plot line was good and the story was very tense however it all seemed a bit too familiar. There have been a lot of films before Eagle Eye that have produced a similar story and unfortunately to say they've managed to do it better.
Overall I would say that Eagle Eye is a very good film, it will keep you entertained from start to finish and it contains a very good storyline with the action coming thick and fast throughout. There are a few negatives concerning the plot line which I've mentioned however I do feel that the positives out-weigh the negatives and this film is a must-see for any thriller fan.
Eagle Eye is currently available from play.com on DVD for £11.99, this film hasn't been out on DVD for very long so the high price is understandable. If you're not sure about whether you'll enjoy this then it may be better to wait for the price to drop or rent it. Alternatively the film is currently showing on Sky Box Office for around £3.99, a great price if you're not too sure about purchasing it on DVD.