‘EAGLE EYE’ (2008)

November 30, 2012 10 Comments

Quite by “accident” did I happen to rent this. At the time, I did want something new to rent and having seen the two stars in separate projects, Eagle Eye came out the winner. Plus it helps that the star is one of America’s most marketable action stars.

Eagle Eye (2008) Film Review

The United States of America is dealing with what could be a crippling act of terror. One of their enemies is active, and with a computer system giving the U.S. Intel, the probable likelihood suggests they have the suspect in their sights. The President orders bombs to be dropped, against the judgment of the Defense Secretary (Michael Chiklis).

‘EAGLE EYE’ (2008). Shia LeBeouf stars as a down-on-his-luck man who is used by a villain to set into motion a chain reaction. Text © Rissi JC

Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) is a down-on-his-luck man who works at a copy shop; he also gambles his pay checks. When he learns that his twin brother dies in a military tragedy, his suspicions go on alert when he finds his apartment full of unexplained package. Jerry then receives a phone call from a mysterious woman; she only tells him the FBI will arrive and he must flee. Hours later, he’s broken out of FBI holding by the caller and she then directs him to a waiting car with another mysterious person (Michelle Monaghan).

They say Eagle Eye is “unoriginal” and it doesn’t received critics “two thumbs up,” but even so, the movie is really entertaining. It’s one thrill ride that brings continuous twists and turns although we never know for sure who the “bad guys” are, it’s a relief to discover one culprit though suspicious of several. While this is an entertaining diversion, it also provides several instances of courage, sacrifice and patriotism. As a lead character memorializes near the end: “…many good people have lost their lives because of this.” Characters who may not be a favorite throughout the film have a sense of respect for their sacrifices by the conclusion. Many people make attempts to stop the culprit but not all of them do so selflessly; Jerry is chosen for reasons that I will not reveal (spoilers and all).

Acting is superb from everyone, especially the newcomer LaBeouf. No matter what critics say, I’m glad he continues in these action roles (because he kind of rocks them!). The supporting cast consists of Billy Bob Thornton, Rosario Dawson and Ethan Embry, and the voice talent of Julianne Moore. Eagle Eye has all the appropriate components of a good thriller. It has heart-pounding action sequences, great twists and even the occasional and surprise amusement just to lighten the mood. The ending is cute also leaves the audience to decide any possible scenario.

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You can find Eagle Eye digitally on Amazon Video

Content: a dozen or more uses of sh*t are present as well as at least one [possibly another] use of the f-word. The Lord’s name is taken in vain. Beware of some minor sexual dialogue. Intense action sequences include two car chases and various explosions; some characters die, and a man is shot multiple times. The film is PG-13.

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amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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  • Rosie November 30, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    When this originally came out, my interest was piqued- however, I was 12 or 13 so my parents wouldn't let me see it. xD Great review!

    • Rissi December 1, 2012 at 3:52 AM

      I understand that perspective, Rosie – my parent's were very protective in what I saw. By the time this film released, we basically rented anything PG13 if it sounded interesting w/o too much research. But even now, there are standards.

      This is one of the best mysteries to date – it has flaws but is quite entertaining with all its twists and turns. :)

  • Miss Raquel November 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    I really, really like this movie!! The only thing I sorta had a problem with was that she looks so much older than Shia:/ haha But I liked how her name was Rachel!:)

    • Rissi December 1, 2012 at 3:58 AM

      You and me both, Raquel. :)

      Funny you should mention the one thing you didn't like: My mother comments on that in films a lot but despite Michelle being ten (nine?) years older than Shia, I thought they paired well together – plus, though it never said, her character may have been older than his considering she was a single mother… who knows! :D

      Glad you like this one, too!

  • Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com November 30, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    I love him. He's too young for me but I love him just the same.

    • Rissi December 1, 2012 at 4:00 AM

      Your comment made me smile, Juju. ;D

      Aside from this, I believe the only thing I've seen Shia in is the most recent "Indiana Jones" flick – ironically, I've not seen the franchise that made him a movie star. :D

  • Rachel Hipps December 1, 2012 at 1:15 AM


    best movie EVER.

    the end.

    • Rissi December 1, 2012 at 4:00 AM

      Glad you like this one also, Rachel – I finally got it re-watched a month or so ago and loved it better the second time through. It's definitely one of the best thrillers. :)

  • his little lady December 3, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    I actually loved this movie! I love both of the main actors and thought they did such a great idea!!
    xo TJ

    • Rissi December 3, 2012 at 11:53 PM

      So do I, TJ! I finally re-watched it a while ago and discovered I liked it better the second time through. The acting is quite good plus, the premise is unique and I always applaud that.

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