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In the near future as fear of terrorism escalates, privacy is a luxury of the past. Now, in people's homes, on the streets, in the workplace, everyone is constantly being watched by mobile robotic cameras known as "Eyeborgs." But are the cameras just watching...or are they up to something else? As an increasing number of people die in bizarre ways, federal agent Gunner Reynolds (Adrian Paul, TV's Highlander) is determined to find out after he realizes that a camera has recorded an event much differently than he recalls.
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It's sometime in the unspecified future and Homeland Security has expanded. Dramatically. All surveillance cameras (public and private) have been linked together into a single "anti-terrorist" surveillance system under the "Freedom of Observation" Act, a follow-up to the Patriot Act. This surveillance has been greatly enhanced by the creation of mobile observation bots (the eyeborgs), which are ubiquitous. They aren't SUPPOSED to enter private property without a search warrant--but for law enforcement and Homeland Security officials, getting a search warrant is as automated, and takes about as long, as it takes you to make a small-item purchase by swiping your credit card. These eyeborg surveillance bots come in a variety of sizes, shapes (and functionalities). In this environment the story line is told via a purple-haired heavy-metal rocker who happens to be the nephew of the President, some DHS agents, a female newscaster for the major TV network, and some lesser characters. The eyeborgs are out of control. They don't just survey, they have weapons, too. (Why haven't people noticed this yet?) There seems to be some kind of plot-to blow up the President? And who is controlling these out of control eyeborgs? Is it the President? The Vice-President? Someone unidentified in the vast security network that's been created? Some anti-technology, anti-surveillance underground movement? Foreign terrorists? The machines themselves? (like Skynet?)
The movie starts out kinda funny, and then it gradually gets scarier (more reminiscent of the Terminator films) as we follow this cast of characters trying to figure out what is going on and who'se behind it. This movie takes all kinds of modern-day trends and just extrapolates them: CNN (I swear one newscaster sounds somewhat like Rick Sanchez). Homeland Security. Patriot Act. Gulf Wars. War against terrorism. Total Information Awareness. 9/11. Loss of constitutional freedoms. Distrust of big government. Stolen elections. And whether technology is a tool, or whether it is controlling our lives as much as we are controlling it. Who will guard the guardians? And more. The movie's central (political) thesis might best be summed up by a quote from Ben Franklin, delivered partway through, something like, "Those who value security more than freedom are deserving of neither one." By the way "eyeborg" being the play on the word "cyborg" that it is, I thought the whole title was a misnomer since these are purely machines with no biological components--until I thought about this concept that technology is developing us (as a society) just as much as we are developing it--perhaps this is a notion the scriptwriter had in mind with the title-that our whole society is coming to resemble something like a cybernetic organism.
The acting is not great but it's OK. The CG machines are decent enough. The action is OK, but nothing compelling. The music is not my kind of taste: too much on the heavy-metal side for me. All-in-all, this is like the 2010 film update to the old classic "1984"--asking us just where we are headed as a civilization--off the cliff? Can we stop? The only thing that kept me interested all the way through was this underlying social commentary. I personally wouldn't find it all that interesting as a plain sci-fi or action film. I hope this allows you to decide if you want to see it or not, without giving away too many plot spoilers.