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Eagle Eye

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LaBeouf and Monaghan find themselves caught up in a deadly (boring) conspiracy – a propulsive premise that soon disintegrates into a life-sappingly ludicrous chase to nowhere.

You go to the cashpoint: it reads “$751,000,000”. You go back to your apartment: it’s packed wall-to-wall with boxes of weapons, passports and explosives. Your phone rings: a female voice tells you the FBI will arrive in 30 seconds. You need to run. You have been activated.

Sounds promising; A techno-thriller that reduxes the Hitchcockian wrong-man-on-therun blueprint. Shia LaBeouf back with Disturbia director DJ Caruso as a broke loser framed as a terrorist and mysteriously guided on a frantic escape with single mom Michelle Monaghan. Co-scripted by the woman who inked Chris Nolan’s hypnotic bleached-white noir Insomnia. Produced by JJ Abrams’ pals Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, alongside Mr Steven Spielberg.

Just one problem: it’s utter, head-spanking nonsense. We’re ruining nothing for you by revealing that this staggeringly ludicrous movie pivots around an omnipotent government surveillance supercomputer that’s gone rogue.

Complete with HAL-style burning eye, it sees and controls everything: trains, traffic lights, doors, phones, cameras, cranes. Implausible? Doesn’t even come close. Oh, we didn’t even mention it can understand human speech. And read lips. And decode voices from vibrations in a coffee cup.

That’s the clanking motor behind Eagle Eye’s increasingly tiresome chase-plot – effectively a ‘get out of jail free’ card for the screenwriters every time they need to springboard out of a narrative hole. In fact, no less than three other scripters have wrestled feebly with the debut screenplay from Dan McDermott, creator of stoopid TV psychiccop series Angela’s Eyes.

None remember that grinning black humour and some thrilling action set-pieces can make even soft-brained hokum forgivable. “The safeguards we put in to
protect our liberty become threats to our liberty itself,” rumbles government scowler Michael Chiklis as the closing credits mercifully approach. LaBeouf stands nodding, sporting an arm-sling, despite having been shot three times at close range in the previous scene. It’s that sort of film.

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    • mallardb

      Dec 18th 2008, 14:51

      1

      I agree, an appalling plot!

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    • jessybaby

      Jan 2nd 2009, 13:32

      4

      i feel this film is totally underated 1 star i mean come on. i found the narrative very clever and in my opinion shia lebouf is very good in this role. please dont look at the 1 star it is worth at least 3.

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    • thewishmaster

      Apr 7th 2009, 23:38

      2

      Completely ridiculous movie, i enjoyed it at first but eventually the nonsense just took over and made the string of action sequences strung together seem pointless and boring.

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    • elmonty

      Apr 20th 2009, 10:09

      4

      I think that dissing this movie because of a lack or verosimilitude is spectacularly missing the point. It would be like trashing Star Wars movies because of how often they ignore the laws of physics in space. You're not supposed to take it seriously; just have fun with it, and that, I think it excels. Although I agree (and I think anyone with half a brain should) that Shia's character shouldn't, couldn't, wouldn't have survived.

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    • elmonty

      Apr 20th 2009, 10:43

      4

      I think that dissing this movie based on its lack of credibility is spectacularly missing the point. It would be like trashing the Star Wars because of how often they ignore the laws of physics in space. You're not supposed to take Eagle Eye seriously, just have fun with it, and at that, I believe it excels. However, I do agree (and anyone with half a brain should, too) that Shia's character shouldn't, couldn't, wouldn't have survived.

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    • thedarkknight

      May 25th 2009, 1:14

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