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PCR #444 (Vol. 9, No. 39) This edition is for the week of September 22--28, 2008.

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"Eagle Eye"

Movie review by:
Michael A. Smith

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Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan and Billy Bob Thornton
Directed by: D.J. Caruso
Rated: PG 13
Running Time: 1 hour 52 mins

Jerry Shaw (LaBeouf) is your average guy who can’t buy a break. Try as he might, one day is like the other, over and over and over. Stuck in his meaningless job at the local copy center he has to bluff his way through games of poker to try to pay his rent. After his twin brother is killed in a traffic accident he returns from the funeral to find he has $750,000 in the bank and an apartment full of the latest weapons technology. Before he can think his cell phone rings and a voice on the other hand tells him to run. Today is going to be different.

A decent thriller that wants the viewer to put believability on the back burner, “Eagle Eye” tells the story that every conspiracy theorist imagines…that Big Brother is watching. From stranger’s cell phones to private advertising signs, nobody seems safe from the all watching eye. No matter where Jerry runs, he is tracked. But he doesn’t know by whom. Even after he is arrested for all of the goodies in his apartment and interrogated by both Homeland Security (Thornton) and Air Force (a very good Rosario Dawson) authorities, his story seems implausible. As does the films’. Joining Jerry on the run is Rachel Holloman (Monaghan), a divorced mother whose young son is off to Washington D.C. to play trumpet in his school’s orchestra. Rachel too begins to get mysterious calls and soon she and Jerry find themselves thrown together in a race against time. A very expensive race. Which is where the filmmakers apparently want you to suspend your disbelief. No less than 25 cars (and one city bus) are demolished, presumably in front of other people. Office buildings are destroyed. Yet no one seems to be able to see what’s going on except for our two leads. What a whacky world.

Both leads are very convincing, which goes a long way in battling the plot twists. LaBeouf, so good this year in the “Indiana Jones” film, keeps adding fine credits to his young resume while Monaghan is just as solid. Thornton and Dawson lead an excellent supporting crew, which also includes Michael Chiklis, Ethan Embry and William Sadler, very good as Jerry’s dad. Fans of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s “Project Greenlight” may remember Sadler and LaBeouf played father and son once before in 2003’s “The Battle of Shaker Heights.”

A film that pushes the envelope on believability, on a scale of zero to four stars I give “Eagle Eye”


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