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Movie Review: Eagle Eye (2008)

Director: D.J. Caruso
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, medications Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis, Billy Bob Thornton
Release Date: September 26, 2008

I was fortunate enough to get to see a free preview screening last night of “Eagle Eye”. As a frequent movie viewer and one that loves action, thrillers and sci-fi, I was fairly excited to see this movie. As always, this review may spoil by accident, so if you’re one of those who can’t stand the slightest spoiler, stop reading now.

Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) is a slacker, a “loser”, so to speak who has no real ambitions, a drop out of Stanford, and is someone who lives literally paycheck to paycheck. His life is sent through the roof when he’s framed as a terrorist and starts receiving threatening phone calls from a mysterious woman. Rachel Holloman, a hardworking divorced single mom also starts receiving threatening phone calls by the same woman. Soon, both Jerry and Rachel are thrown together and are sent into a terrifying journey becoming fugitives from the FBI all the while trying to figure out what is happening … before it’s too late.

The movie is certainly not without its own faults. I went into the movie expecting to be entertained and I was. It was not cerebral or a movie that requires a lot of thought. However, it definitely needs and requires much suspension of disbelief. There were many moments throughout the film where I felt myself saying “How did that happen? No.. that’s not possible!” But given the premise, and the discovery of who the mysterious woman is behind the phone call, I took a leap of faith and started to believe that it was possible.

What I commend this movie for is the ability to inject the right amounts of slow parts (read: character development) with the right increasing amount of action. I have a feeling many people will find ways to knock this movie down, but as a nerd myself and occasionally just want to sit back, relax and enjoy an intense thriller, Eagle Eye would definitely be on that list. In fact, I want to watch it again.

3 1/2 cell phones / 5 cell phones

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