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).
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.