Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) is an ordinary young man who works at a copy center. Suddenly, his twin brother dies and Jerry finds himself on the run from the FBI. A woman's voice on the phone has him racing all over the place and facing death at every turn. Running with him is a young mother (Michelle Monaghan) who is told her son will be killed if she and Jerry don't do what they're told. They make their way to Washington, D.C. and finally find out who is controlling their every move.
I've enjoyed Shia LaBeouf before and was expecting another movie showcasing his boyish charm. Sadly, this film didn't give him a chance to really shine; it's just one frantic, chaotic, mad dash from place to place with a bunch of explosions and implausible escapes from death. The intensity level is always at 99%, which leaves no time to really get to know LaBeouf's character. He's in a constant state of fear and we don't know why until the very end. The voice on the phone telling Jerry what to do and where to go has the ability to control any and all machines and systems he comes in contact with; this starts out pretty preposterous and goes all the way to "Huh?!"
None of the incredible, non-stop action scenes could really happen, but if you love explosions and don't need a story that makes sense, this is the movie for you.
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This movie makes me think of the Samuel L Jackson movie The Negotiator where someone tried to double-cross and frame him for murder. However the old saying "Obey and you will live" sounds more like Samuel L Jackson refusing to take "no" for an answer. Sounds like a big problem to me.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Review of film and blu ray versionApril 28 2009
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I must admit most of this review will be based on my second viewing of this film. Both viewings were on blu ray but the first time I had high expectations. The story line intrigued me and I am a huge Shia LaBeouf fan. With the first viewing I didn't like it very much. I liked Shia but I thought the story line pushed the limits and was just too unbelievable for me. It looked great in blu ray but I was disappointed.
Well, we all know that our experiences when we have expectations can sometimes be altered. I love blu ray, have consistently read how EAGLE EYE is one of the best films to utilize blu ray to its full effect so now, many months after my first viewing I purchased EAGLE EYE. I wanted to have it for I do want to own every Shia LaBeouf film and I am so grateful I did. This time I sat back with my home theater system with no expectations and was on the edge of my seat from beginnig to end. Knowing the plot and having no expectations allowed me to just view it and amazingly the plot suddendlty made sense, caught me up from beginning to end and I enjoyed myself immensely.
Kudos first must go to the acting. Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan and Billy Bob Thornton all up the ante with their acting chops. These characters are believable and it is refreshing to have the male and female lead not get romantically involved. It brings more of a sense of relity to the film. This film is directed and acted with respect to the story and it is very believable once you get caught up. It is also filled with amazing action sequences and they were all right - blu ray is the only real way to enjoy this film to is full effect. The video presentation is an amazingly crisp 1080p. Colors and clarity are perfection. Flesh tones are just right and the quality does not falter be it day or night, inside or outside. The video never falters throughout the amazing action sequences. The audio is an amazing Dolby TruHD 5.1. Whether with dialogue driven scenes or the major action driven scenes the audio is strong, vibrant and realistic. All the speakers of your theatre system will be put to use and the sound quality throughout is at such a level that it makes the film that much more stimulating.
This is the first time I have ever said that if you did not like a film the first time give it a second shot but EAGLE EYE is an action film of the highest caliber with stimulating suspense. Certainly one I plan on viewing again and again. Highly recommend.
49 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Shia, dude, you shoulda just let that call go to voice mail...Jan. 1 2009
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The Bourne Ultimatum (Widescreen Edition) and Minority Report (Widescreen Edition) both produced similar moments which I really dug, in which a near omniscient character guides his/her fleeing companion and does so with such exquisite timing and pinpoint accuracy that capture is thereby avoided (Jason Bourne in one film, that psychic chick in the other). EAGLE EYE is one extended version of these two moments, and, guess what, it doesn't get old.
I guess this could happen, government voyeurism, what with how advanced technology's gotten. In fact, I've no doubt this is happening right now. EAGLE EYE presents a twisty plot, the soup of which blends Big Brother paranoia, the techno thriller, the shadow of terrorism, a whiff of Skynet, and the classic man on the run theme. EAGLE EYE tells of two strangers - Jerry Shaw, the slacker copy boy (excuse me, "copy associate") from Copy Cabana and Rachel, the stressed single mom/paralegal - suddenly flung together by a mysterious (and dang pushy) female who gives them brisk instructions over their cell phones, forcing them to frenetically run and jump around, drive like they've got to use the bathroom, hold up a pair of security guards for a briefcase (of which contents are a letdown, by the way), and even sneak onboard a military cargo plane. And those are just for starters...
The most intriguing part of the film, for me, was learning what was up with the voicy voice, who's cornered Jerry by framing him as a terrorist and cornered Rachel by threatening to kill her son. Much of the suspense leaks out once the film drops the 411 on the cell phone taskmaster. EAGLE EYE is escapist cinema which may have started out intending to make some sort of significant political and social statement but then kind of shrugged it off halfway thru the film. There's no dearth of far-fetched moments (like, on the train, where there just happened to be a conveniently snoozing stranger with a celly sitting right across from Shia or Rachel being so out-of-the-blue capable with a firearm). But the third act really goes ape-shiznit with the preposterous as the Big Bad's plans coalesce and imperil the nation's highest offices. The film's big crescendo echoes the climax scene from Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much.
Will Smith's ENEMY OF THE STATE and the Bourne series have already demonstrated that the government can check up on us by accessing security, surveillance, and traffic cameras, as well as cell phones. EAGLE EYE one-ups these films by featuring an antagonist who is more far reaching, more omnipresent. The voice not only can track any person anytime, anywhere, by tapping into the nation's electronic data grid, but she can remotely control stop lights, steer elevated trains, set off power lines, and even take over military aircrafts. When our heroes go on the run (and don't really have time to chat on the cell), they get helpful directions from various electronic billboard signs, readout displays and monitor screens. So, unless you're Amish, there's no escaping the nagging voice.
Shia LaBeouf lost some cred with me for his vine-swinging part in the latest Indiana Jones flick. Here, he's decent but this really isn't a platform to show off his acting chops, slave as the picture is to the quick cut edits, flashy stunts and loud pyrotechnics. LaBeouf's characer has a few moments to do his surly, angst-ridden bit (what with his dead twin brother being the brighter light in the family), but he and lead actress Michelle Monaghan actually come off more as chess pieces being shuffled about by the all powerful entity to progress its murky end game. Julianne Moore plays the mysterious voice on the phone, managing to sound impersonal yet officiously sexy. Billy Bob Thornton is good as the undeterred FBI guy and Rosario Dawson is wasted as Air Force OSI Agent Zoey Perez trying to piece it all together. Thornton, by the way, comes up with the best line in the film, as he chews out his underlings: "If I don't get some good leads soon, you're all gonna be demoted into something that's gonna require touching $#!t with your hands!"
So, why am I four-starring this film? Because, in spite of the over-the-top beats, I got hooked into the premise enough that I had to see it thru to the end. And it may be loud and sometimes incoherent, but, damn if I didn't enjoy the wild ride. I think the key is that the film moves at such a frenetic pace that it forces you to shift your focus from one sequence to the next. You might just have enough time to ponder the implausibility of whatever's on the screen, but then you almost immediately get distracted with the next implausible thing on the screen. It's sleight-of-hand trickeration, is what it is. And, in the final tally, I had a good time (and, yes, part of the good time was spent making fun of the film).
As for the government accessing our electronic devices, that would certainly explain why I'm so sucky at Tetris on my cell phone. Now I see that it's the government conducting cyber terrorism. Those finks.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Eagle EyeDec 26 2009
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Eagle Eye was a fun wild ride. It had action, and humor. The acting was especially very good. Shila Lebouf did an extremelly good job.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"Eagle Eye" is great!May 26 2013
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"Eagle Eye" is great! This is how the story goes: Jerry Shaw and Rachel Holloman are two strangers thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations--using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move. As the situation escalates, these two ordinary people become the country's most wanted fugitives, who must work together to discover what is really happening--and more importantly, why.
The cast led by Shia LaBeouf (as Jerry Shaw) and Michelle Monaghan (as Rachel Holloman) is excellent! The directing by D.J. Caruso (who also worked with LaBeouf on "Disturbia" (2007), he also directed "Two For The Money" (2005), "Taking Lives" (2004), & "The Salton Sea" (2002) is excellent! The story by Dan McDermott (who is writing the upcoming "Charlie Chan" (2009) & "Selling Time" (2009) and the screenplay by McDermott, John Glenn (not the astronaut) (who also wrote the screenplay and directed "The Lazarus Project" (2008) and he also writing the screenplay to the upcoming "The Warriors" (2010) & "Clash Of The Titans" (2010), Travis Wright (he also produced "The Lazarus Project" & is writing to the upcoming "The Warriors"), & Hillary Seitz (who also did the screenplay to "Insomnia" (2002) is excellent!
The music by Brian Tyler (who also did the music to the upcoming "Final Destination 4" (2009), "Fast & Furious" (2009), "Dragonball" (2009), & "The Killing Room" (2008), he also did the music to "Rambo" (2008) is excellent! The cinematography by Dariusz Wolski (he also did the cinematography to "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street" (2007), The Pirates Of The Caribbean movies ("The Curse Of The Black Pearl", 2003, "Dead Man's Chest", 2006, & "At World's End", 2007) & "Hide And Seek" (2005), he also is doing the upcoming "Alice In Wonderland" (2010) is excellent! The film editing by Jim Page (who also did the film editing to "Firewall" (2006), "Disturbia" & "The Salton Sea", he also did the film editing to the upcoming "The Uninvited" (2009) is excellent! The casting by Jennifer L. Smith (was an casting associate on "Taking Lives") & Mary Tricia Wood (who also did the casting to "Taking Lives", with Deborah Aquila and was an casting associate on "The Salton Sea"), (both of them did the casting to "Disturbia", "Untraceable" (2008) & the upcoming "Twilight" (2008) with Aquila, who also did the casting to "The Salton Sea") is excellent! The production design by Tom Sanders (who also did the production design to "Apocalypto" (2006, which was directed, co-written, and produced by Mel Gibson), "We Were Soldiers" (2002, which starred Gibson, who also produced), "Mission: Impossible II" (2000, which starred Tom Cruise, who also produced), "Saving Private Ryan" (1998, which was produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, who also executive produced this film), "Braveheart" (1995, which also starred Gibson, who also produced and directed), "Maverick" (1994, which also starred Gibson), & "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992), he is also doing the production design to the upcoming "Purple Mountain" (2008) & "Edge Of Darkness" (2009, which is starring Gibson), he also did the art direction to "Hook" (1991, which was directed by Spielberg) & "Days Of Thunder" (1990, which also starred Cruise, who also co-wrote the story) is excellent! The art direction by Sean Haworth (who also did the art direction to "Transformers" (2007, which also starred LaBeouf), "The Island" (2005, which was directed by Michael Bay, as was "Transformers") & the upcoming "Avatar" (2009), was also an uncredited set designer on "Bram Stoker's Dracula"), Kevin Kavanaugh (who also did the art direction to "The Dark Knight", "Transformers", "We Were Soldiers", & "Mission: Impossible II", was also an assistant art director on "Saving Private Ryan" & Francis Ford Coppola's assistant on "Bram Stoker's Dracula", is also doing the production design to "Whip It!" (2009) & Naaman Marshall (who also did the art direction to "The Dark Knight" (2008), "Apocalypto", & the upcoming "Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen" (2009), was also a model on "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest", set designer on "We Were Soldiers", art department production assistant on "Mission: Impossible II", & was senior model maker on "Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End") is excellent! The set decoration by Cindy Carr (who also did the set decoration to "Untraceable") is excellent! The costume design by Marie-Sylvie Deveau (who also did the costume design to "Disturbia", "Two For The Money", & "Taking Lives") is excellent!
This is an great action-thriller that keeps you thinking and guessing at the same time. This is another great teaming for the directing and star of "Disturbia".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Much Better Than ExpectedJune 21 2013
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In light of recent revelations about the various computer programs being used to not only spy and monitor the US, but the world, I would say that critics need to revisit their assertions that this was a completely implausible storyline.
Seems like it headed more toward science "fact" than science "fiction."