Eagle Eye Not so Dead-On

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2008 at 12:15 am

There’s nothing more frightening than the thought that someone is watching your every move. It’s always been a popular theory that the government could hear you and track you via telephone. In D.J. Caruso’s Eagle Eye, airing on Sept. 26 in both regular screenings and IMAX, the plot’s main focus is on this exactly–that there is someone who can easily track down and control virtually anything via technology.

The movie starts off with a stereotypical government-initiated military blunder and quickly evolves from there to introduce Shia LaBeou’s character Jerry Shaw the brother who was always second best to his sibling and a rather ordinary young man who would later on whip out fighting styles that easily beat those of highly trained law enforcers. Next comes a high-strung single mother named Rachel, played by Michelle Monaghan,
who is lured out of a bar by a mysterious woman’s voice on her phone, threatening her young son’s life, and then thrown into one of the movie’s several high-speed car chases.

After his latest role in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which received less than stellar ratings, LaBeouf returns and takes on a more serious role and, with it, an inferiority complex and scruffy face. He brings with him the sharp witticisms LaBeouf fans are so used to and, paired with Monaghan’s character, they make an odd couple as they run across the country, all the while attempting to either disobey or follow the directions of a female voice that contacts them through the use of various electronics.

The movie combines several frightening aspects, including the dangers of our current technology and the misinterpretations of the United States laws, as well as incompetent government officials. But then again, rarely has politics ever been portrayed as a good thing in any sort of movie.

While the movie does not lack in the suspenseful action thrill-seekers crave, the movie is so fast-paced and so full of exploding vehicles and violent deaths that it seems altogether unbelievable–and not in the good way. There is just too much crammed into the space of two hours, and even then the movie seems like it should have ended twenty minutes before it did in order to seem more plausible. The plot had the characters wandering around in useless circles, doting around here, doing barrel rolls there, and jumping back and forth so often from one place to another that by the end of the first hour the viewer is wondering why they can’t just cut to the chase and head straight. There are a lot of destinations that are altogether pointless, and seem to be thrown in just to up the action ante.

To the viewer who’s after a good, action-packed movie with more explosions than a Mission Impossible sequel, Eagle Eye is the movie to see. With more fire and car chases than makes sense, the movie offers bizarre and out-of-the-world logic, but this can be covered by the highly intense action that doesn’t seem to know how to turn itself off.


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