Sunday, 11 October 2009

Film Review: EAGLE EYE (2008)

Director: D.J. Caruso
Running time: 113 mins (approx)
Certificate (UK): 15

Watched on Sky+ Sunday 11th October 2009.


In these days of high-tech gadgets it comes as no surprise that governments, in particular the U.S. government, have a high-tech way of keeping an eye on the population. This is the premise behind Eagle Eye. A military unit dedicated to anti-terrorism using a sophisticated computer driven system that can eavesdrop on conversations, analyse any CCTV footage and even control the traffic lights. Unfortunately, something has gone wrong with the program and nobody has noticed.

Jerry Shaw has just lost his twin brother who he hasn’t seen for several years. Jerry has been off travelling around the world while his smarter twin was in the military. On returning to his apartment he finds that a lot of military equipment has been delivered. The phone rings and a female voice warns him that the FBI are about to arrive and he should run. Meanwhile, single mother, Rachel Holloman, is out with some friends while her young son is away on a trip to Washington DC with his school band. She receives a phone call and a female voice tells her to get into a particular car and drive or the train her son is riding on will be caused to crash. These two eventually meet and are coerced into doing certain tasks. Meanwhile, FBI agent Thomas Morgan and Air Force Security officer Zoe Perez are tracking the pair and trying to figure out exactly what is going on. Phew, and that’s just the beginning of the plot!

As you can see from the previous paragraph, there’s a lot going on in this film, but it’s not too hard to follow (honestly). There are plenty of car chases and explosions and lots of hi-tech gadgetry. Decent performances from the main cast members, Shia LaBeouf as Jerry Shaw, Michelle Monaghan as Rachel Holloman, Rosario Dawson as Zoe Perez, Michael Chiklis as Defence Secretary Callister and Billy Bob Thornton as Agent Thomas Morgan.

I got to the end of the film and felt that I had seen it before. It seemed to borrow a lot for several similar films in the genre. Hints of Enemy of the State (1998) and Mission: Impossible (1996) were all over it. Having said that, although it borrowed elements of other films and updated them, I still found it quite entertaining. Over all, a reasonable action thriller, one to fire up the popcorn maker and chill out on the sofa to. It won’t tax your brain too much once you get the basis of the plot.

My score: 6.5/10

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