Eagle Eye

27 09 2008

Jerry Shaw have had lead-feet all his life. Unlike his twin brother Ethan who is an achiever, Jerry has slowly wasted away in the dinky recesses of Copy Cabana. He lives a dreary life … until his twin dies.

Rachel Halloman has a prodigy for a child. She wisks him on a train to perform for the President of the United States but the first night she gets a time out, things turn for the worse.

Jerry and Rachel are on the run, snared to make alliance with a lady at the other end of the line. Their life is threatened to the brink of annihilation if they choose differently. Amidst all the unfortunate events, things seem to work – traffic lights turn green, monster trucks smash pursuing cops, conveyor belt directs them to the right track and any monitor at any place shows them the road to safety. Somehow the lady on the phone is seemingly ubiquitous, making things possible for the dreaded mission to succeed. Why and how, no one seems to know. What makes it far more dangerous than it already is, is that the enemy doesn’t have a fibber of conscience.

Eagle Eye was conceived around ten years ago by master storyteller Steven Spielberg and it was completely fished in the fiction shelves. However, years later the technology attached to the concept has turned to tangible and irrevocable fact. Directed by DJ Caruso (The Shield and Disturbia), the movie is set on our present day with the very same technology that we exploit. He guided the action sequence and plot well to its first act and continued with the course evenly on the second. Although some shots were in need of distancing (close up of crashing cars can be disorienting and muddling) it still stayed tight to the concept of graceful mess.

For its entertainment value, Eagle Eye served its purpose very well. The tension and the slack was just right to keep you glued until the enemy is revealed.  We somehow understand why they insist on answering the phone even if it violates any sense of reasoning. The sense of the unknown, fear and helplessness was well depicted in the final move of Jerry. Shia Lebeouf is difficult to watch without remembering Even Stevens but he did pretty well; losing himself into Jerry “the reluctant hero” Shaw and letting me believe, that he’s an actor slowly rising to the ranks. Co-star Michelle Monaghan on the other hand appear equipped for the role, shadowing the fact that most Shia Lebeouf fans wants an evident younger love interest. The chemistry of the two actor cooked well in the ending.

The musical score is also forceful that it dictates and heightens the already evident mood. It’s good, but what I can’t deny is the parallel groove it has with a Jerry Bruckheimer or a Michael Bay film. It might just be me but I see flashes of Bruckheimer in the car chase, and Bay in the “get outta here, that thing is coming back” scene.

At first thought, the movie is a derivative of Enemy of the State but you can forgive Eagle Eye only because all stories have been told. This is nothing close to a rehash, if anything, it’s an entity on its own. This review – which serves to my purpose – is unlike any you will read, only because I like the film and I can securely say that the plot is tight. It served the intent and purpose the producer, director and actor could afford.

Somehow with the plausible premise of the movie, I’m going to look at new technology differently. There is a likely conspiracy out there and I pity the fool who thinks otherwise.

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