Movie Stats & Links
||Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan,
Michael Chiklis, Billy Bob Thornton
||It might make them
never use their cell phone again.
||She might cuddle
with you for comfort or just roll her eyes.
||There's a lot of
people who die, but you don't see it.
||There are some
||Only for the
absurdity of some of the scenes.
||Who knew Morse
Code could save the world.
||"We're already in
Cool Things About the DVD
||It's got the
standard language/subtitle choices.
|Buy a New TV!
||DVD's like "Eagle
Eye" are exactly why you should have a big-screen TV!
|Buy a New
||See "New TV," but
substitute "big-screen TV" with "cool stereo."
||The making of,
location features, and discussion between D.J. Caruso and
John Badham are cool. It's got commentary as well (I
didn't listen to it), a good gag reel, but I already new my
cell phone is spying on me.
While watching "Eagle Eye" I couldnít help but wonder if
there was a day, a few years ago, when a group of friends
were getting liquored up, watching a bunch of movies, namely
"I, Robot," "War Games,"
"The Italian Job," and maybe even
"Enemy of the State," and said to each other, in an altered
state, "Dudes, we could make a movie combining all of
these," and then, you know what, they did. I would toss in
"Live Free or Die Hard," only I believe that movie was
probably already in development by the time "Eagle Eye" was
being drafted, but hey, you canít say that the "Eagle Eye"
tunnel scene isnít reminiscent of the "Live Free or Die
Hard" tunnel scene, just substitute a helicopter for a
military drone aircraft?
A Movie/DVD Review
Okay, maybe the premise for the story of "Eagle Eye"
wasnít developed in my fictional universe, but it does takes
a lot of premises from a bunch of different movies, with the
end result that computers really only do what they are
programmed to do. "I, Robot" had the three rules for robots;
"Eagle Eye" has the Preamble and Constitution. In the end
computers just want to be our friends, and look out for us.
In terms of story, for this one you get Jerry (Shia
LaBeouf) and Rachel (Michelle Monaghan). They are ordinary
people, in fairly ordinary lives, and then, somehow, their
lives become intertwined by the voice of a woman who seems
to need them to carry out some dastardly deed. The voice
dictates to Jerry instructions that get him in a jam with
the FBI and then helps him escape from the FBI, while the
voice also turns Rachel into a distraught mother with the
fear of her son being killed, thus dictating her actions.
And as the movie goes along, Jerry and Rachel canít seem to
figure out how this voice seems to be able to control just
about every technological part of their lives, from subway
trains to street lights, from junkyard robots to power
grids, and in the middle of it all, we start to see a plot
developing, which we must suppose is some dastardly
terrorist plot, but, ahh, other things are at work here.
And you know what, Iím not going to directly give away
what is directly at work here, although I sort of already
hinted at it, only to say that most every aspect of this
movie is unbelievable in our world, yet somehow believable
if the "ringleader" of this story turns out to be who she
So, here we go. If you want to totally escape reality,
"Eagle Eye" should take you there, or maybe freak you out as
to what might be possible in a few years. The weird thing is
that I kind of liked it, in the same way I liked the movie
"I, Robot," and loved Morgan (Billy Bob Thornton) as the FBI
guy who is flustered by technology. There are a lot of
things blowing up, you might wonder if someone can really
change stoplights at will, who knew that the baggage
handling of an area could be so much fun if you arenít being
shot at, and if you live near some electric towers, you
might think about moving.
As a Chicago person, in a little aside for this review,
in the theater I was unsure if I saw it, but thanks to the
DVD and slow-motion, at the beginning of the movie there is
a helicopter shot of the Chicago El,
St. James Catholic
Church in Chicago (where I used to go to mass sometimes when
I was in college), and
Keating Hall, the "sports center"
where I used to do a killer can-opener of the high-dive
board in the pool at
Illinois Institute of Technology,
where, yes, I went to college, and also
where all of this
reviewing stuff began for me. I know itís dorky, but for
always cool to see things I am totally familiar with in a
Anyway, "Eagle Eye" is an action-filled movie with tons
of seemingly implausible scenarios, but get the DVD
realizing this and you should have a good time on your couch, and sure,
you might laugh when some things happen, but hey, thatís
what movies are sometimes about. And as hard as this might
be hard to believe, I was almost ready to give this movie a
4 star rating, until, in Hollywood fashion, the poignant
ending I envisioned was changed into a feel-good ending, so
Iím dropping it Ĺ star to 3 Ĺ stars out of 5 because someone
else in this movie should be dead. With that, I was hoping,
when watching the DVD, that the alternate ending it
contained would be the one I was hoping for, but all it
really did was sort of set up a sequel. Blah.
And speaking of the DVD, for the movie-geek crowd, the
2-disc version does have quite a few extras that are
interesting if you love seeing how movies are made,
especially mixing in seeing behind-the-scene things on
location, a nicely detailed "Making ofÖ" features, and a
feature with the Director of Eagle Eye, D.J. Caruso, having
a discussion with John Badham, the director of "War Games,"
with how the movies are similar, yet different. I always love
a fun gag-reel and the 2-disc version has it, and as usual,
we can see (and be happy) that some scenes were deleted.
You also get commentary stuff, if you want it, more scary
stuff about your cell phone, and I'm just sad they didn't
have an "On Location..." for Chicago. Oh well, I guess
I'll just have to like looking at my old church from above.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!