Eagle Eye is a guilty little pleasure. It’s like indulging yourself in Pizza and Coke for dinner when you really know you should have cooked something with vegetables in it. It’s the kind of movie that satisfies your cravings for some escapism, but at the same time forces you to suspend your brain activity. You see, if you sat down and thought about what you were watching, then Eagle Eye would disappoint. It’s a movie with so many impossible moments, wrapped up in a glossy action and special effects covering that is designed to entertain you, not to make you think.
It’s cheesy, predictable and best of all, a Juggernaut of fun and action that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the best part of it’s almost two hour runtime. It conjures up our modern fears of an Orwellian government aided by modern technology that can keep track of our every move by throwing two seemingly ordinary people together and forcing them to become America’s most wanted. Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) is the lead character and once again suits the cheesy action blockbuster role (only time will tell if he can actually handle a serious role) in this modern parable of self discovery where he must come to the realisation that only one person can control his destiny, and that is him self.
If Eagle Eye has anything serious to say, it is that our actions always have consequences, and that it is up to us to think seriously about the choices we make everyday of our lives.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: M – Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over.
Release Date: January 21st, 2009
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis, Anthony Mackie, Ethan Embry, Billy Bob Thornton, Madylin Sweeten, Anthony Azizi, Cameron Boyce, Lynn Cohen, Bill Smitrovich, Charles Carroll, William Sadler, Deborah Strang, Dariush Kashani
Length (Minutes): 113
Media Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Director: Caruso, D.J.
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Year of Original Release: 2008