Going into Eagle Eye after watching the trailer, my general concept of the movie was that Shia LaBeouf was being framed and controlled by a woman on a cell phone. There was also film of LaBeouf meeting up with a girl in the same predicament, but that was the extent of my knowledge.
I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. This action thriller was well thought out with romance and comedy intermixed at different times. It was an entertaining action film that provides the action, intrigue, and modesty to be a agreeable for teenagers and older. The film is includes a variety of past movie topics including terrorism, technology overload, government surveillance, etc.
The plot of Eagle Eye is about a nomadic copy boy named Jerry Shaw (LaBeouf) who finds out his well achieved twin brother in the air force has died. Jerry comes home from his brother Ethans’ funeral only to find himself framed for terrorism. A second plot develops as Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan) sends her young son who plays the trumpet off on a train to Washington D.C. to play the trumpet at the State Union Address. Jerry and Rachel’s paths collide when Rachel receives an unknown call on her cell phone giving her commands and threatening to derail the train her son is no if she does not comply.
Jerry is given similar death threats when he tries to run from similar unknown calls on his cell phone.
After they join in a car to find they are in the same situation, they soon learn from a car chase away from the authorities, that this person has access to any means of communication or electricity including any cell phone, trains, television, marquee, electrically run equipment, traffic lights, surveillance cameras, and any other form of communication necessary. They are then led on a wild trip traveling throughout the US, discovering how much control this female voice has over their lives and other people’s lives that are brought in to the plot by similar threats to help Jerry and Rachel complete their unknown mission.
The plot leads you through a wild ride to discover who is the force behind the female voice on the phone and what exactly the goal or terrorist act really is. There is more than enough action for the thrill seeker, there is a low amount of gore making this movie suitable for young teens, there is enough comedy and romance to entertain the average female, and there is a minimal amount of profanity and sexuality to make this appropriate for almost all ages.
I would rate it 8 out of 10. Not an instant classic, but it was a well thought out intense action film with intermixed comedy.
Reviewed by: Brent Dongell.
Rating: M – Violence & Offensive Language.
Duration: 117 mins.
Genre: Drama, Thriller.
Director: D.J. Caruso.
Actors: Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Billy Bob Thornton, Ethan Embry, Michael Chiklis.
Release Date: Now Showing.