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Written by Hisham Qaddoumi   
Sunday, 22 February 2009 01:22

Eagle EyeA Personal View

I was not surprised by the performance of Michelle Monaghan in this movie as I know she is a great actress with a lot to give, she was charming as usual and wonderful, but I was shocked by the performance of the young new actor Shia LaBeouf which really amazed me to stun. This young actor who, I presume, plays the first role in his life where the story goes around him was a new discovery.

The movie also raised a lot of shocks for me. I never thought that the mobile phone could be that dangerous until I saw it in the movie and checked out on the net and realized: “I can be traced anytime just for holding my mobile with a charged battery”. Not that I really was scared because I do believe this could be as good in many cases and I have nothing to fear, but what shocked me is how the creative director D.J. Caruso implied these facts, mix them with a lot of fantasy and make them look as real on the big screen.

The Story

I do not want to spoil the movie for you if you still did not watch it but I will summarize the story. A young man works in a copying corporation finds himself involved in a “Terrorism” charge after he gets back from his twin brothers funeral. The instructions came from everywhere to him telling him what next to do and where next to go. He finds himself also involved with a single mom as his “chaperon” in a mysterious confusing trip to the unknown mission he is been directed to lead. No options, no way to run. This is the message he always gets, directly or indirectly. Finally his aim turns to be on where this will lead especially when he feels that this is related to his deceased brother.

The Complex

The movie is full with contradicts and complications. The mystery that leads the mission, the complex of the twin brother who always feel less than his twin sibling, the father who prefers one kid to another, the dilemma of “who exactly am I?” and “I don’t wanna shadow” and also the movies normal complex: “love” and the possibility of losing the other side.

The Ending

The movie ends realistically. No big happy or sad endings, it ends the way you might expect it to happen if the story would be real, I will leave this part for you to discover but I would really like to express my appreciation to the writers for such an ending. It is nothing you comment much on.

The Making

They made it with a real passion. That is what I can say about the makers of “Eagle Eye”. They took care of every detail as if it was real; they made us believe that this could happen to any of us. The makers also chose to play it hard, all the cars, the crashes and the instruments in the movie are real according to the “behind the scenes” documentary on the DVD. All that I can say is that it is really hard to find an action movie these days that is done for the sake of the “story” more than the sake of the “action” itself and that is all because of the great makers.

Movie Info

Director:D.J. Caruso
Writers: John Glenn & Travis Wright
Release Date: 26 September 2008 (USA)
Genre: Action | Mystery | Thriller
Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and for language.
Runtime: 118 min
Country: USA | Germany
Language: English
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.44 : 1
Sound Mix: SDDS | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version) | Dolby Digital | DTS
Filming Locations: Apple Valley, California, USA... more locations
Company: DreamWorks SKG
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DVD Info

Actors: Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis, Anthony Mackie
Directors: D.J. Caruso
Writers: Dan McDermott, Hillary Seitz, John Glenn, Travis Wright
Producers: Alex Kurtzman, Edward McDonnell, James M. Freitag
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Dreamworks Video
DVD Release Date: December 27, 2008
Run Time: 118 minutes
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