118 Min | Action – Mystery – Thriller | October 2008
IMDB Rating: 6.6
Director: D.J. Caruso
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson
Eagle Eye Review: The “technology is everywhere” idea for “Eagle Eye” was hatched several years ago from the brilliant mind of executive producer Steven Spielberg. He wanted to do for electronic devices what he successfully did for sharks in “Jaws.” People feared going to the water after watching Spielberg’s 1975 masterpiece. Yet, the film succeeds in instilling paranoia. It may not have reached the cinematic tension of “Jaws,” but you will still feel suspicious about your cell phones, laptops, and GPS. Is Big Brother watching? In “Eagle Eye, “it’s Big Sister who’s doing all the controlling. Her soothing but commanding voice (Julianne Moore in an uncredited role) is manipulating people into doing exactly what she wants them to do. Her motivation may be patriotic, but the means by which she carries out her duties can be considered terroristic.
Acting as Big Sister’s unwilling puppets are Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan. Their characters unite to figure out who’s the person behind Big Sister’s voice. In his first adult leading man role, LaBeouf stars as Jerry Shaw, a copy clerk in Chicago who’s detached from his family. Compared to his successful twin brother, an Air Force public relations officer, Jerry is an underachieving loser with no ambition or dreams. When his brother gets killed in a car crash, Jerry’s life takes a drastic turn for the worse. Suddenly, huge amounts of bomb-making materials show up at his apartment, which prompt the FBI, headed by Agent Thomas Morgan (the scene-stealing Billy Bob Thornton), to label Jerry a terrorist.
The romantic tension is evident albeit inferred. If this is an 80s movie, the actors would have made love, with guns a’ blazing and a Journey soundtrack playing in the background. The biggest element about “Eagle Eye” is its strong “what if” factor. The hi-tech central plot of the film doesn’t feel like science fiction. Spielberg’s imagination is truly ahead of his time. He conjured up this scenario long before cell phones, laptops, and GPS rule the world. So get off of your computer and watch “Eagle Eye.” And for that, “Eagle Eye” gets 3 “Big Sister’s Watching” kisses.