Eagle Eye: 2-Disc Special Edition

DVD Reviews | Dec 31st, 2008

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Starring Shia LaBeouf, Billy Bob Thornton, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis, Ethan Embry, Anthony Mackie, William Sadler
Written By: Hillary Seitz, John Glenn, Travis Wright, Dan McDermott
Directed By: D.J. Caruso
Studio: Dreamworks Home Entertainment
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Eagle Eye has an impressive cast, and intense action sequences, but the plot is really silly and not that believable. If you go into the movie with no expectations, you’ll probably enjoy the movie a lot more. If not, you will be disappointed.

Eagle Eye is about a guy and girl who get picked or “activated” to leave their ordinary worlds behind and complete task for a mysterious female voice that calls them up over the phone. Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) is a slacker, who works at a copy store and can’t even pay for rent. Rachel is a single mother who would do anything for her son. One day, the two are forced to work alongside each other as they do these impossible tasks for that mysterious phone voice. The female over the phone threatens their lives and the people they know like Rachel’s son, so the two have no choice but to cooperate. Wherever they go, the voice is watching and manipulating them to do her bidding. Hot on their tails are Air Force and FBI agents, since Jerry Shaw is a wanted suspect for things the voice framed him with. Their goal is to uncover what’s going on, save Rachel’s son, and not get killed or arrested in the process.

I thought Eagle Eye had potential to be a cool action flick like Enemy of the State but I was just disappointed in the movie. Like Enemy of the State, a non-guilty person is put to the test and had to go up against technology. But for Eagle Eye, it’s just dumb to think this whole time it was a freakin’ computer that was doing all this. Is this the Terminator or something? I wish there was an actual human being behind this stuff; instead it’s just a super computer trying to eliminate the current President regime in the United States. The plot seems very far fetched and I think it would have worked better if there was some human motive behind this stuff. I like how everything was about changing the current Government but I think they went about it all wrong. Instead, they should have had Secretary of Defense or someone in the inside pulling all the strings. That’s what I originally thought when I first starting watching this.

Regardless of the story, I thought the cast was great and did their jobs. Shia is a good leading man, although he seems to play similar characters. I’m not really familiar with Michelle Monaghan but I liked her opposite Shia. I’m glad to see Michael Chiklis pop up in more movies, now that The Shield is over and done with. Billy Bob seems to be good at two different types of characters: Cranky, drunken perverts or cranky cops or FBI agents. This time hens a cranky FBI agent but I liked his character. The direction of D.J. Caruso was fine, it’s the story I wasn’t too impressed with. You would think with 4 writers, they would have come up with a better story that was silly. Even the ending was very Hollywood-ish and I thought they should have gone another way.

The extras for Eagle Eye are pretty straight forward. You got deleted scenes, a quick on location featurette, an alternate ending, making-of, gag reel and more! The deleted scenes weren’t that special. One was a quick scene of everyone looking at Jerry at his brother’s wake; another one was of Jerry talking about being a twin and just a quick shot of Ethan Embry’s character talking about a bus. Like I said, nothing special. The alternate ending was just as silly as the movie, if not sillier. Jerry shows up at Sam’s birthday party and the kids are playing Rock Band. Then the screen goes black and says Hi Sam So now your Xbox 360 can turn on you. The gag reel was really funny and I laughed a lot for that. Billy Bob Thornton had the best lines when he screwed up and Shia pretty much just said fuck after each take. Other extras were okay and if you’re really interested in the movie, check them out.

Eagle Eye may be entertaining, or it may be completely boring to you. Depends on the person. I was mildly entertained but kept saying how dumb this movie was throughout watching it. If you can get pass the silly & unrealistic plot, than Eagle Eye is for you. The movie is available on DVD and Blu-Ray, but Ind recommend just renting this one.

Disc 1:
– Deleted Scenes
– Road Trip: On Location with the Cast and Crew

Disc 2
– Alternate Ending
– Asymmetrical Warfare: The Making of Eagle Eye
– Eagle Eye on Location: Washington, D.C.
– Is My Cell Phone Spying on Me?
– Shall We Play A Game?
– Gag Reel
– Photo Gallery
– Theatrical Trailer

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Widescreen 2.35:1 Color

English, Spanish, French

Favorite Scenes: All the action scenes were cool to watch
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 117 minutes
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