Eagle Eye (2008)

November 30, 2012

Quite by
“accident” did I happen to rent this; I had read the brief descriptions and
seen ads, but had not read anything “solid” about its premise. I was
specifically looking for something new to rent and having seen the two stars in
separate projects, and when the store clerk recommended this, it basically
“sealed the deal.” Plus it helps that the star is one of America’s most
marketable action stars.

The United
States of America is dealing with what could be a potentially crippling act of
terror. One of their most wanted enemies has been spotted and with a computer
system giving U.S agents, military and the government enough Intel, the
probable likelihood suggests they have the suspect pegged. The President orders
bombs to be dropped, against the judgment of the Defense Secretary (Michael

Jerry Shaw
(Shia LaBeouf) is a down-on-his-luck man who works at a copy shop, and thinks gambling his pay checks during breaks is productive. When he learns that his twin brother died in a
military tragedy, his homecoming is one of suspicions when he finds his
apartment full of unexplained packages. 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
is broken out of FBI holding by the caller and directed to a waiting car with another person
(Michelle Monaghan) who is also in a web of deceit with the voice on the other end of the line.
As Jerry and Rachel are thrust into a world of deceit, and into the
path of every major law branches, the clock is ticking – and time is not on
their side. 

Eagle Eye was ridiculed as being “unoriginal” and
it didn’t receive the oh-so-coveted “two thumbs up” nor was it a memorable box
office hit, but even so, the movie is really entertaining. It is one thrill
ride that brought continuous twists and turns although we are never made
certain who the “bad guys” are, it’s a relief in the end to discover only one
culprit after being suspicious of several. Or that was my initial conclusion
(sometimes a second viewing is of benefit in a genre like this before any
judgment is passed). 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 have
proven to be a favorite throughout the film were given 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 – you understand *wink*), while Rachel was
probably more of a random choice, although she was easily manipulated.

Acting is
superb from everyone especially the then-newcomer LaBeouf. No matter what
critics say, I am glad he has continued in these action-packed roles (because
he kind of rocks them!) and Monaghan proves she can do a thriller as well as the
girl-next-door. The supporting cast consists of Billy Bob Thornton, Rosario Dawson
and Ethan Embry, and the voice talent of Julianne Moore, all of whom were equally
unforgettable. Eagle Eye has all the
appropriate components to make a good thriller. It has heart-pounding action
sequences, great twists and even the occasional and surprising bursts of
amusement just to lighten the mood, and it gets you involved in the story all
before ten minutes have passed. The ending was cute also leaving the audience
to decide any possible scenario knowing that the bad guy is conquered. Still
questions are left looming but just enough to make you wonder what really – if anything was hidden in all
the mystery.

(What to know:
Rated PG13, 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.)


  • 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!

    1. 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!:)

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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

    1. 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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