Sydney Wells (Jessica Alba) is a non-suffering blind woman awaiting a cornea transplant that will allow her to absorb the colors of life and the beauty of her surroundings. Other senses are quite honed to perfection, as they have become the reliance upon living a “normal” life. Sydney’s world is about to be turned upside down as her transplant is like getting a kidney transplant from a bed wetter.
Sydney’s first signs of a successful transplant are the blurry images that are foreign to her head. Daily the images begin to gain clarity, but all is still very blurry and uncertain. Making matters worse, Sydney begins seeing things she believes are not really there. “How can you believe your eyes when they’re not yours?” Scenes visualized certainly made my eyes water as many camera shots resembled watching a movie while someone poured water into your eyes.
Finding her borrowed corneas are creating unusual disruptions of every day life, she begins longing for the dark world which she calls home. Catastrophically and cheesily Sydney “sees dead people”. It is hard for her to put two and two together until she grasps the reality of seeing the accidents in which people had already died, speaking with those which were already dead, and witnessing the alien like guide’s to the afterlife take the souls of the deceased away. Is this a gift or a curse?
Dr. Paul Faulkner (Alessandro Nivola) offers his specialties in aiding Sydney to a complete recovery or self discovery as she must retrain her mind. Dr. Faulkner begins to think Sydney is off her rocker and just way too uptight about the whole ordeal and clinically begins to believe she is in a state of depression.
Ana Christina Martinez (Fernanda Romero) is found to be the lender of the corneas and two lives now become intertwined. Flashbacks of Ana Martinez’s life begin to plague Sydney and there must be something more than just jaded corneas. Life of Ana Christina Martinez is a bit more complex than we ever imagined. Her death was due to the corneas that Sydney now relies on to see the things around her, the physical and spiritual realm of light and dark.
Having the gift of seeing accidents before they happened allowed Ana to cheat death for many. Fate, however, took its toll on lives surrounding Ana and the gift became a large burden that no adolescent should harvest. Ana was soon labeled a witch and rejected from society especially when she tried to save her family from a burning factory before the incident even happened.
Blind to the history of Ana, Sydney is provoked to find what links their two lives together and what is the purpose of Ana speaking out from the grave. Sydney heads to Mexico where it all began for Ana Christina Martinez. After a long journey with many strange encounters, Sydney and Dr. Faulkner head back to the U.S.A. Stopped at the border we find why Ana was crying out from the grave and the dilemma Sydney faces to make a difference in seeing the unimaginable.
Slow to start, lame cheese bits all throughout, and a sad excuse for a hero of society conclusion kind of ruined it for me. The best part of “The Eye” was most certainly the free Mars Bar they handed out upon entry, other than that, it is probably best left unseen.
Reviewed by: Josh Bowlin.
Rating: M – Supernatural themes.
Duration: 97 mins.
Genre: Horror, Thriller.
Director: David Moreau & Xavier Palud.
Actors: Jessica Alba, Parker Posey, Alessandro Nivola, Cyd Schulte, Rade Serbedzija, Rachel Ticotin.
Release Date: Available now.