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Eagle Eye - action adventure DVD / suspense DVD review
Rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 3 1/2 stars
Actors: Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis, Billy Bob Thornton
Director: D.J. Caruso   Distributor: Dreamworks Video
DVD release: 27 December 2008   Runtime: 118 minutes (2 discs)
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
DVD Features: Aspect ratio 2.35:1, Audio tracks (Dolby Digital Surround 5.1 - English, Spanish, French), Subtitles (English, Spanish, French), Deleted scenes, Road Trip: On Location With Cast and Crew; Alternate ending, Asymmetrical Warfare: The Making of Eagle Eye, Eagle Eye on Location: Washington, D.C., Is My Cell Phone Spying on Me?, Shall We Play a Game?, Gag reel, Photo gallery, Theatrical trailer

It's pretty funny how opinions will sway on a movie. If you absolutely adore an actor in one, it's pretty safe to say you'll give them ample leeway in terms of performance and plot in other features. If you go through your DVD (and maybe now your Blu-ray) collection - heck, if you go through the box of VHS tapes you have in the back of a closet - you're sure to find a few clunkers that you're nonetheless fond of.

Unfortunately, Eagle Eye is not one of them. There are a lot of good actors in this film. Shia LeBeouf (Transformers), Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four), Billy Bob Thornton (Monsters Ball), Rosario Dawson (Sin City), and Michelle Monaghan (Gone Baby Gone). At one time or another, each one of these actors has moved me - or at the very least entertained me - with a performance in a movie.

But after a plausible opening, this film goes into hyper-action mode and sensibility for a cerebral thriller goes out the window. That doesn't mean a film has to be logical to be entertaining; Eagle Eye will no doubt entertain some with its intricate car crashes, gunfire, and explosions.

The movie is basically non-stop action after Jerry Shaw (LeBeouf) comes home to find enough material to blow up a small third-world country. He gets a call on his cell phone from an anonymous woman telling him he should leave because the F.B.I. is hot on his trail. A few seconds later a swarm of agents kick in his door, and we are off to the races. Jerry meets up with Rachel (Monaghan), who also got a call on her cell phone from this anonymous woman giving her instructions on what to do and when she should do it. Rachel's motivation is the safety of her seven-year-old son.

Then you have a mish-mash of convoluted plot turns involving the F.B.I with agent Thomas Morgan (Thornton), Navy officer Zoe Perez (Dawson), local police, and every other agency you can think of. Not to give away too much of the plot, but this eventually endangers just about every VIP going right up the food chain to the president of the United States. In spite of itself (and the sometimes absurdly implausible things Rachel and Jerry get through), Eagle Eye is a serviceable thriller because of its slick production and high-octane CGI-fueled action.
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