Review

Harry loved EAGLE EYE at Fantastic Fest!

Published at: Sept. 23, 2008, 3:42 a.m. CST

I tell you – I knew it when I first saw THE SALTON SEA that DJ Caruso was a filmmaker to watch, but then he went through a rough patch of just not being teamed up with the right material. Then we had that great DISTURBIA screening at SXSW – where the film that looked like a total ripoff of REAR WINDOW, from a Teen vantage point – turned out to be… well, pretty much a ripoff of REAR WINDOW from a Teen vantage point… only, it not only didn’t suck, but was incredibly entertaining. So much so that it reminded me that DJ existed and when that film succeeded beyond everyone’s wildest box office predictions – it kinda meant that DJ should get a promotion of sorts. That he was ready for the next stage budget and a higher grade of script. Enter EAGLE EYE. A project hatched from a notion and conceit that Spielberg had been percolating for a while – waiting for the right team to hand it off to. D.J. seemed to be the key ingredient. And boy was it. So what is EAGLE EYE… essentially it’s a NORTH BY NORTHWEST style film dripping with paranoia, conspiracies and a story that is always a few steps ahead of the audience. That’s due to a great device. The voice on the phone. The faceless female that is seemingly everywhere and all knowing is a great character. Essentially – she’s an RPG Game Master controlling the most dangerous ‘game’ of surprise LARPing ever concocted. You see, Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan are just your average nobodies. Folks just working to get by, the sort of folks you don’t really notice. THEN… extraordinary shit begins to happen – a voice directing them… rather insistently with perilous ramifications for those that do not cooperate… to do her bidding. Just like a Dungeon Master, the voice is the source for all information for the characters, and just like an asshole Dungeonmaster – if you piss them off, she’ll put you nostril deep in a bog of eternal fuckedupness. The voice controls everyone and knows seemingly everything in real time. Now – it isn’t announced what time period this is, but I’ve got the feeling it’s no further in the future than some time in the next 5-15 years. The world seems stuck in the same sort of paranoid-fed levels of personal rights infringements – and the question that is forced into the forefront of my mind through most of this film is… WHAT IF – the access that is developed to learn everything about everything is turned against us. Who is the puppetmaster? Frankly, to me the most important question on your mind through the film is, “What Next?” – and you think that often and quickly. The film has an aesthetic look that is everybit as “pretty” as something that comes out of Michael Bay’s Dear Penthouse, I never thought I would shoot a film this well developed… fantasies. It has that beauty, without ever being stupid. The characters are developed, the turns are not predictable, the casting and random PEOPLE IN HIGH PLACES are there to SERVE THE STORY, not to artificially give it a sense of some misplaced grandeur and importance. In fact everything in the film advances the story, every image has a payoff. Every loose end tied up. It’s sort of like a Phil Alden Robinson / Hitchcock / Michael Bay / John Badham type of mash-up… that never feels cookie cutter. I dug the hell out of the film, the casting is rock solid – Shia is maturing throughout this film. Michelle Monaghan might be the best MILF of the year. Rosario Dawson is just one of my favorite actresses right now – not necessarily a meaty role, but I just can’t stop smiling everytime she’s onscreen. Then there’s the joy that William Sadler, Billy Bob Thornton and Michael Chiklis bring to the film. They’re just the sort of dependable and awesome performers that bring a gravitas to these situations, while adding personality and charm to their characters quickly, so the story can focus on developing Shia and Michelle, who are CENTRAL to the story and DJ never loses them through it all. Now – I should warn you. You shouldn’t seek out information on this film and there are spoilers that would have pissed me off royally had I found out prior to the film – so be careful reading reviews & the following Talkback. Ultimately, if you’re not thrilled in the first 25 minutes… especially the incredible action sequence that makes up the final 8 minutes of that part of the film… all I can say is… WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU? THAT SHIT RULES! Is it huge and over-the-top and vaguely ridiculously awesome? ABSOLUTELY. Ok – time to attempt some rest. This festival is killer on one’s sleep schedule. And I have to be at the theater by 12:30 in the morning – that just barely gives me 8 hours to rest. Which would be the first real sleep I’ve seen since last Tuesday.

Readers Talkback

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  • Sept. 23, 2008, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Sounds like fun!

    by hegele

    Can't wait. Cast is great.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 4 a.m. CST

    Sounds Good

    by monkeygiles

    Though after reading the reviews coming in - I'm most stoked about The Good, The Bad and The weird. Shia can wait for DVD.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Julianne Moore or Carrie-Anne Moss

    by DRACULA_WANTS_THE_AMULET

    is the voice on the phone.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Oh shit nevermind it's Rosario Dawson

    by DRACULA_WANTS_THE_AMULET

    she was playing games on the carpet when it premiered- saying Moore was the voice, when infact it's her. Red Herring!

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 4:40 a.m. CST

    i will see this

    by deanbarry

    been interesting to me for awhile now and can't wait to check it out. I loved disturbia...actually the first film to put me on edge in a long time. that scene where shia is talking to his friend while he is looking through the neighbours garage..classic!

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Disturbia

    by Bruarvatn

    was really good and hopefully Eagle Eye will be as well. Did not care much for Taking Lives but Disburbia more than made up for it.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Im really looking forward to this!

    by Marxeffect

    Especially after Disturbia, I loved that movie. Shia's goatee is putting me off a bit though, puberty is a bitch!

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Gotta say, Great fuckin' review harry

    by IndustryKiller!

    Especially the bit about Michael Bay, really put perspective on it and peaked my interest. A smart Bay film?

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Dracula I thought the SAME THING about the voice

    by IndustryKiller!

    The first time I saw the trailer I was like "Well that just fucking Julianne Moore." Then I realized that Moss was in Disturbia so it could possibly be her as well. I hate it when I recognize the "voice" that is the bad guy on the line in the trailer. Like when I knew that Leland Orser was the killer in the Bone Collector or Joseph Cross in Untraceable.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 4:54 a.m. CST

    once scene in Bone Collector freaks me out- the 9/11 shit

    by DRACULA_WANTS_THE_AMULET

    and the shot of the towers all in the same scene. That one scene fucks with me so bad. We were warned!

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 4:57 a.m. CST

    yeah but is it better than THE GAME?

    by Maniaq

    possibly my favourite Fincher movie - and is that voice a computer or what?

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 5 a.m. CST

    oh ok...

    by Maniaq

    she sounds like my old Mac

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 5:54 a.m. CST

    well, that settles it

    by Leafy McPlantsalot

    this movie is going to be terrible.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Shia's molester mustache

    by I Dunno

    That Dirty Sanchez he's sporting makes him look like he's going to grow a mullet and cruise middle schools in his El Camino, looking for ass.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Will Spielberg get sued for this one too?

    by I Dunno

    First he gets sued for The Island, a blatant ripoff of that MST3K movie, then the Rear Window people sued him for Disturbia and now I keep hearing this movie being compared to North By Northwest. Of course, you can't sue Steven Spielberg, I imagine he has command over the Jewish god of lawsuits but buy an original script once in a while already.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Yep, this solidifies how terrible this will be.

    by GeekySciFiAnimeFreak

    Ever since Harry admitted he loved Superman returns, and I was stupid enough to believe him, and waste money on it, I have done the opposite of what he says. God damnit, I was excited about this, too.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 7:45 a.m. CST

    spoiler alert: it's the computers

    by zom-bot.com

    basically a passive/aggressive skynet. how the computers would really take over and get things done. not with violence, but with blackmail.<P>want a human to be a cog in your scheme for global conquest? threaten him with a criminal record. delete his bank account. when he does the job, raise his account. then fuck with him again. or use someone else. suddenly you realize everyone is just working for the computer mastermind. everyone is playing their part or else their lives get fucked. what seems like normalcy is exactly what the computers want to be happening. they have all the time in the world to advance their agenda, and humans are just the disposable puppets.<P>apparently this movie is one of the points where the computers step it up a notch. <P>i have to say, another comparison to hitchcok is NOT what caruso and lebouf need after the lawsuit around disturbia/rear window.<P>and i can't be the only one that thought the Shia phone call/window escape from the authorities smelt a bit of the first matrix.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 8:03 a.m. CST

    also- Caruso?

    by zom-bot.com

    sorry i can't take serious a director that still calls himself 'D J' and is out of college. beyond that, i don't know that i can even respect anyone with the last name Caruso. I think david caruso ruined it for everyone for at least the nest 150 years or so.<P>(takes off glasses)<P>YEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST

    No way this can beat THE GAME.

    by thelivingdoll

    Fincher is one of the greatest modern directors. DJ Caruso is...well...not so much.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST

    This worries me - DISTURBIA was awful

    by mdf2

    It showed its cards WAY too early -- I knew who the villain was going to be, and they shouldn't have given him typical end-of-movie 'superpowers'.* (He didn't have real superpowers of course, but the way the ending was framed and the things he did sure SEEMED like it.)

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 8:46 a.m. CST

    This was awful...

    by Rustle

    But I didn't like Disturbia either. This is a check your brain at the door action movie. I hoped I was going to like this, because this is the guy that wants to bring "Y The Last Man" to the screen. At this point I think the odds of him pulling that off are slim to none. I'll be surprised if other reviewers are as kind to Eagle Eye as Harry..

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 8:48 a.m. CST

    This Review is Called:

    by Aquatarkusman

    "Damning With Stupid Praise"

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Just as Disturbia

    by skimn

    was Rear Window updated with modern technology (cell phones, ankle braclets,etc.), this looks to be the "wrong-man-accused" plot with modern technology. The trailer makes it appear to take the office scene in the Matrix, and expand it to feature length. I will see it this weekend though, thanks to free movie cash stickers on "specially marked boxes" of on-sale DVDs.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST

    harry....

    by brassai2003

    was this as AWESOME! as Hatchet?

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST

    I don't want to hear about LARPing any more...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...ANY more. I have spoken.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 9:08 a.m. CST

    brass...

    by skimn

    nice one..I thought Hatchet was a steaming pile of stoopid. But you know who else liked it? P T Anderson, so, go figure...different strokes,etc.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Awards?

    by bnl771

    Harry - Is anyone going to post the awards from last night?

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 9:34 a.m. CST

    I mustn't have got Disturbia because all it seemed like to me wa

    by FILMFUNK

    A teen rear window with that guy as the baddy who looks like the baddy then looks like the average Jo mistaken for the baddy then he actually is the baddy!AGAIN! yawn...<P> Must've missed some classic twist or sumfink coz it felt like what it was... not very good!?

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Who cares Harry - where's our DVD picks column?

    by half vader

    Huh? Not that we're ungrateful or anything. Fuckin' pony up!

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Didn't you love Godzilla, too?

    by GodMars

    Just sayin'...

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 9:41 a.m. CST

    So, which Hitchcock movie are they ripping off next?

    by Robots In Das Guys

    Psycho?

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 9:44 a.m. CST

    If this film does well-- McCain will win Presidency.....

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    ...and then it is quite clear -- America is 89% retard.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    is it a coincidence Shia haters are...

    by Talkbacker with no name

    less atrractive, not as talented or respected in their field of work and as far from as wealthy as you can get? <P>Now i'm sure i'll just be called a faggot for thinking he's one of the best actors of his generation (another one of the haters predictable traits), but is it really just all a coincidence?

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Vertigo should be the next Spielberg ripoff

    by I Dunno

    Scarlett Johanson in Kim Novak's role and Colin Farrel in Jimmy Stewart's....oh fuck, I forgot the rules. Shia as Jimmy Stewart.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 10:30 a.m. CST

    I found DISTURBIA disappointing.

    by LoneGun

    It had a fantastic opening scene and went downhill from there. It was boring. REAR WINDOW wasn't boring for a second. But I really liked THE SALTON SEA, and the trailers for this one look good.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 10:37 a.m. CST

    I Dunno

    by skimn

    don't you know your Hollywood casting? Quirky "everyman" with a problem of some sort...? Nicholas Cage.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Suspension of disbelief..

    by skimn

    I'll say..from the trailer alone, this "agency" is able to view Shia's character in an office building, manuveur a crane to smash into said office, and type message on electronic newscrawl, and presumably protect him when he jumps...thats a lot of whatif's.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Executive Producer Steven Spielberg

    by skimn

    what WAS the last quality, serious movie, that was not just a "popcorn" movie that carried the Dreamworks banner..? I can't think of one...

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Their next film will be "Whacko"

    by cinemixtape.com

    Shia plays the night manager of a creepy motel and has an obsession with taxidermy. Also, a strained relationship with his mother, who we never actually see.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST

    it's not an 'agency'...it's technology

    by zom-bot.com

    cameras at every street corner, security cameras..web cams...everywhere. they are all networked under a national security program called eagle eye, that has gone sentient.. that's what i'm thinking.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Nice review, Harry!

    by unionJACKass.webs.com

    I wish you'd review about 2-3 a week, though. Because sometimes you've gone weeks without reviewing a single film. Even if you don't like the look of a 'big' film coming out, still review it. <p> Anyway, nice review. I can't wait to see EAGLE EYE. This Autumn looks very promising IMO, we've got FROST/NIXON, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, BENJAMIN BUTTON, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE, VALKYRIE, THE ROAD, MAX PAYNE, AUSTRALIA and W! Looks very promising. <p> BTW, check out this fan-made GHOSTBUSTERS 3 poster out - http://smalltownhero.deviantart.com/art/Ghostbusters-3-97549011

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Talkbacker with no name

    by ironic_name

    shia is rumored to post on here sometimes.. <P> care to tell us what happens in transformers 2, m'man?

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST

    m. night SHIAmalamamanamama...

    by zom-bot.com

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 11:53 a.m. CST

    zom-bot

    by skimn

    Yup, that would make sense. Betcha you're right.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 12:09 p.m. CST

    THE GAME fucking BLEW!

    by LaneMyersClassic

    So, yeah, it could probably beat THE GAME.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 12:15 p.m. CST

    ironic_name. yeah sure!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    I will get paid shit loads of money to play with giant robots and make out with a hot girl. The two things you have spent your whole life dreaming about. <p>Shia out

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST

    So if the Rear Window lawsuit is successful

    by Mattyboy122

    Then prepare for a North by Northwest lawsuit! Although that may be a bit of a harder sell, since some consider North by Northwest to basically be an unofficial remake of The 39 Steps. But Disturbia = Rear Window is painfully obvious. DJ Caruso is no Hitchcock and Shia LaBeouf is no Jimmy Stewart / Cary Grant.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 12:56 p.m. CST

    seen it

    by The InSneider

    major disappointment. and i love shia. bottom line is that it's silly and ridiculous. not as good as enemy of the state.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Harry is queer for Shia!

    by cookylamoo

    The wiry little frame and the nose that looks like a penis. Yoko, look out!

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    "Shia out"

    by Robots In Das Guys

    Ha...Ha....Ha......Ha.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 1:18 p.m. CST

    "She’s an RPG Game Master controlling the most dangerous ‘game’

    by -guyinthebackrow

    With the what now?

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Review Embargo == SHIT

    by bobjustbob

    Speilberg/Shia combo is almost a certain turd.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 1:43 p.m. CST

    THE GAME rocked! Boo to naysayers!

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Im interested in this. I also happen to think Shia is an excellent actress. So the sound of this makes me happy :)

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Eagle Eye

    by 420 Boylston St

    It's stupid, pretentious and it desperate to find logic to a very preposterous movie. There is a very good reason why Dream Works released this dud in the fall. Don't see it! If you want to waste your money? Go see The Dark Knight one more time or see Lakeview Terrace!

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 2:30 p.m. CST

    sorry, but the womans voice on the phone is annoying

    by LORDRANDO

    and its really hard to be a bad actor without your face on the screen. I havent seen the flick, dont want to, but unless she turns out to be the automated operator from my voicemail, her line delivery is poor at best.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 2:31 p.m. CST

    and in the trailer

    by LORDRANDO

    Billy Bob hasnt phoned it in this well since armageddon...wooo that is disinterested acting at its best...

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST

    shia hurt his finger when he was fingerbanging his hollywood ska

    by LORDRANDO

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Plant!

    by Rakafraker

    Sorry, H. I can't believe no-one else did it.<p>It does look pretty good. Almost Matrix-ish (first part of #1). <p>Geez, Shia can't do no wrong these days, huh? I was almost gunning for him to be Tintin.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    No, Harry, "Disturbia" pretty much sucked

    by Drunken Rage

    The girl was pretty damn hot, though.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Needs to ditch the facial hair

    by drewlicious

    That is one sad looking beard that's all I'm saying. It kind of reminds me of that growth a lot of college freshmen get to assert their manhood but end up looking like some hormone experiment gone wrong. Keep it clean cut until he looks older, which at the rate he seems to smoke should be about three years.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    i'm with talkbacker with no name

    by MC-909

    What the hell has Shia ever done to you guys to warrant all the hate? Sure, he may be his generation's Steve Guttneberg, but still, he's a pretty good actor. <p> Eagle Eye may look like a shitty Enemy of the State rip-off, but I doubt it's Shia's fault.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Talkbacker with no name and MC-909

    by Robots In Das Guys

    You are both faggots.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Huh?

    by banbury

    "The film has an aesthetic look that is everybit as “pretty” as something that comes out of Michael Bay’s Dear Penthouse, I never thought I would shoot a film this well developed… fantasies. " ...huh?

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST

    END OF LINE

    by DRACULA_WANTS_THE_AMULET

    IT's THE "M.C. FUCKING P!" <P> How is it Disturbia can get in trouble for being sorta like Rear Window, but the Scary Movie Series can do that and then some without fear of being sued?!?!?!?!?!?

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 6:07 p.m. CST

    The trailer did nothing for me

    by Trazadone

    I found the whole premise to be annoying.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Eagle Eye's producers

    by Thrillho77

    are rubbing their palms together now that Harry Knowles wrote a review. It saves them from having to resort to using a quote for the DVD box like "It's a Movie..." from some other critic.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Also,

    by Thrillho77

    You AIC guys better ALL have "Best of" lists this year. I was PO'd about your transgressions in this department last year.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    To me from the 1st sentence it seemed obvious the phone was

    by TheSeeker7

    Julianne Moore. The VOICE on the phone, that is. So I'm actually a bit surprised that that's supposed to be some secret now, I see she's not even credited on IMDB.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Hey Shia, since you're out there...

    by worldofwarcraft

    Ive had some people in Brooklyn tell me their family is tight with yours, and sometimes you visit. If so what area does that family live in? I'm not calling these people liars or anything, I'd just like some verification over here. Thanks

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Good to hear DJ

    by Series7

    Is making it. Huge Salton Sea fan, Pooh Bear. Then that lame ass betting movie and I gave up on him because it was that bad. So now I've been tempted to rent the Shia does Hitchcock, and have been looking forward to this film. Good to know that the fastly made product turned out fun. Its ok to make fast fun products just as long as it isn't for something epic like X-Men.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Rosario Dawson was announced long ago for this movie

    by Stormwatcher

    So the fact that she is in no Promos makes me believe she is the voice. What a stupid mystery. Ooooh what celebrity is the voice? That's not a how a movie should be structured, a secret that has more to do with the person being a C-List celebrity just shy of tvland versus WHY? is this person doing it. Seems overshadowed. Will still watch though, but couldn't give a rats ass as to who is the bad guy.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 9 p.m. CST

    Also why the lack of talk about Salton Sea? That movie rocks

    by Stormwatcher

    I remember seeing the trailer at the paramount and thinking WTF? cant wait. then like 6 months go by and it finally comes out and it freaking rocked. Love it. Love my DVD copy. Will gladly see Y the Last Man because of it. The Salton Freaking Sea pigs! Let's talk.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Finally, Shia LeBoeuf is over exposed more than Seth Rogen

    by Stormwatcher

    Because unlike Seth who only slightly reminds me of Al Brooks, Shia is so freaking much like a cross between Tom Hanks and that Goldberg guy on SNL that I kinda wanna punch him. Stop being in everything. You shoulda stayed outta Indiana Jones. Stick to M. Bay pictures.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 11:28 p.m. CST

    That ruined Phone Booth.

    by I Dunno

    Well it kind of sucked anyway but while they didn't credit him, Keifer Sutherland was "The Voice" of the villain and having a pretty recognizable voice, it wasn't much of a twist when they reveal the guy they caught wasn't the right guy. Hire voice actors for that shit. Animated movies, too.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 11:56 p.m. CST

    yay

    by Errockk

    i liked it too harry

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 1 a.m. CST

    They had me until those last five minutes...

    by Hjermsted

    The great acting, tight directing and the frenetic pace had me won over for the entire film. I even shooed away that little voice in my head that was saying "hey, how come everything electronic works perfectly and no one in this film ever has to call tech support?" What ruined the film for me was the tacked on Hollywood ending. Way to chicken out, Spielberg! Lame! So totally wimpy and lame. Here you had a character we'd all invested in make a crucial sacrifice only to resurrect him like a gumby doll and have him kiss the girl at the end. Stupid. This film was never about the two leads hooking up. Never. That ending came out of nowhere and simply does not fit. The director can NOT be happy about this. I hope they let him do a director's cut someday.

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 1:22 a.m. CST

    HARRY, WHAT ABOUT SHYAMALAN HINTING AT UNBREAKABLE 2?!!!

    by CopOnTheEdge

    MANOJ gave an interview to MTV on their "Splash Page" site (not bad, actually) in which he AND Sam Jackson both said they're open to a sequel to Unbreakable (Harry's #1 film of 2000). Harry, we need you to contact the Manoj Man and get some more thoughts. Don't let us down, Head Geek!!!!!! David Dunn vs. Mr. Glass!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Dude, it's a Tuesday. I think you're missing something.

    by PirateEmery

    So, uh, DVD and Blu-ray releases? For September 23?

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 1:46 a.m. CST

    tber with no name - don't catch anything from that overated mega

    by ironic_name

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 2:26 a.m. CST

    You're a bit slow too, PirateEmery

    by half vader

    Echo, echo...

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Marc Singer cameo!

    by Whydidntyousee

    Movie was so-so but worth it to see The Beastmaster!

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Sounds like TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION!!!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Count me in!<p>_ _ _ <p>AVATAR - FUCKING OUR EYEBALLS IN 2009!!!

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Diane Lane isn't in this??? & Copontheedge...

    by half vader

    Every time I see that poster I think it's Diane Lane, not Monahan. Both that style of poster and Diane Lane are obviously too ubiquitous! <p> <p> Copontheedge, M. Night also said he thinks it's too late. Funny how you didn't mention that in your excitement...

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Uwe Boll to direct Mars movie!

    by Berbs

    http://thefloatingbananachronicles.blogspot.com/2008/09/uwe-boll-to-direct-mars-movie.html

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Director's cut = cop-out storytelling

    by Amy Chasing

    What do people think? Someone mentioned above that they hope a director's cut is done of Eagle Eye to improve the ending. Is it just me who thinks that the original theatrical version is the story told, and any changes released after just don't feel right. Like, which version of I Am Legend is the real one? Or Bladerunner? Wasn't Obiwan Luke's father in one version of Empire? Where do other people draw the line?

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST

    half vader

    by PirateEmery

    I would have read through the entire TB were it about anything other than Shia LeBeouf. Frankly, I could have cared less.<p> Echo or not, he still hasn't posted it, so I don't understand the big dealio.

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 1:24 p.m. CST

    I think it's funny when...

    by drewlicious

    People say things like Shia Lebouf should have stayed out of Indy IV. Right. Who in their right mind would say "no?" I'm not going to blame him for that. He gave it his all in the material that was given to him. I'd sooner blame Lucas, Koepp and Spielberg. Spielberg because of his massive hard on for the kid which clearly clouds his judgement, Lucas because he is creatively bankrupt, and Koepp because of the ending. Collectively they should have tailored the role more to Shia's personality. You can't fit square pegs into round holes.

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 3:02 p.m. CST

    drewlicious

    by PirateEmery

    Spot on. Shia LeBeouf is the easy target, mostly because of what was given to him. George Lucas is certifiably insane, Koepp was trying to piece together five or so different scripts a la Frankenstein, and Spielberg just became everyone's bitch.

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Looks like.

    by Die_Hardest

    The first 20 minutes of the Matrix for 2 hours. I'm down.

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Amy Chasing

    by Die_Hardest

    No, to preserve the secret the dialogue David Prowse and Mark Hammill had on-set was "Obi-Wan Never told you what happened to your father." "He told me enough. He told me you killed him." "No, Luke, Obi-Wan killed your father." "NOOOOOOOOOOOOO"

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Just ribbin' really Pirate

    by half vader

    and I think you've actually come up with the first ever good excuse for not reading through a thread!

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2 a.m. CST

    P.S. and STILL no DVD post

    by half vader

    Festivals shmestivals. <p> Is it just me, or did people really stop bagging that column and start enjoying it right about the time Harry started being straight and upfront ala Digital Bits about the Amazon links? Funny how that bit of straight-out honesty is appreciated...

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Saw it at a screening tonight...

    by Kampbell-Kid

    ---SPOILER Warning--- It reminded me of Enemy of the State meets 2001 and Wargames. It was ok, but they could've cut the entire "Circuit City" scene as it destroyed the mystique of the film for me. It turned the film from a running around taking orders from a female Morpheus on a cell phone a la Matrix into every cliché machine vs. humanity film since 2001, Terminator, Wargames, and Matrix. Seriously, did the computer have to take a moment aside in Circuit City to explain itself to two people it intended to off in the end -- didn't fit into the rest of its logical actions. In fact that scene made the computer seem more humanly out of character. There was no reason for it to explain itself to them and it would've kept the tension high until the very end when they walk into the room to see that its a computer. It still would've been cliché, but at least more of a surprise at the end than giving it away half way through.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 10:34 a.m. CST

    It just got a 1 star review in my movie mag!!!

    by FILMFUNK

    1 STAR!!! not too ''it's a bit poo''<P>1 and 1 only! the lowest rating! they don't do 0 stars! Harry did you really like it!? or have you been at the Payote?

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 8 p.m. CST

    H.A.L

    by Cameron1

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Err Cameron1

    by half vader

    The movie hasn't come out yet. I hope you're guessing rather than posting without a spoiler warning. Because you know what that would make you...

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Just got back from it...

    by kyle051554

    I liked it. Didn't blow me away, but it was worth the cost of admission. Some of the action scenes were shot with the camera way too close to the action ("Transformers" had this problem, too), and there were a couple plot points that seemed a little weak, but nothing killed it for me. The epilogue after the climax, though, was totally unnecessary. I won't spoil anything, but I don't see anybody disagreeing with me on that point once they see it.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 7 p.m. CST

    just guessing, half vader.

    by Cameron1

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 7:57 p.m. CST

    What a Dungheap this Movie Was...

    by Behemoth

    The first third? Very interesting and entertaining....after we realize who/what is calling all these shots...it becomes absolutely refriggindiculous. I mean, just beyond belief stupidity...I was bored to the point of lunacy for the rest of the utterly predictable plot=unfolding....Totally unoriginal idea, with a totally unoriginal "villain"...just terrible... I blame Lucas. LUCAS OUT OF IRAQ NOW!!!!

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Ugh, this movie was horrible

    by ozliiifter

    This is the most disappointing movie I've seen in a theater this year. I'm stunned by Harry's positive review. Avoid this crapfest. Stay home and clip your toenails instead. It will be more entertaining.

  • Sept. 27, 2008, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Sorry Cameron, I guess Gamera

    by half vader

    is the cunt then. So now I can't even read a thread before a flick officially comes out for even a day. Oh and this is the net, btw. Some people live outside the supposed only country that matters. Do you arseholes have a brain spasm where your self-importance makes you forget there's a fucking world outside? And makes you forget spoiler warnings because you're so fucking desperate/starved for attention? Thanks.

  • Sept. 27, 2008, 3:48 a.m. CST

    How could you possibly enjoy this movie?

    by The Dude Abides

    Seriously? The whole thing was a train wreck. Nothing made sense.

  • Sept. 27, 2008, 10:30 a.m. CST

    This was like Fincher gone full retard.

    by mr.brownstone

    I thought it was damn near unwatchable. I love the cast, but they were reduced to flavorless mannequins in this movie. The action was badly done. The way the lamely ludicrous story was handled was lazy, unconvincing and overwrought in almost every way. It was bland, generic and monotonous. The score was terrible in a very noticeable way. Then it wants to pull your heart strings too. Ugh. I really dug Disturbia but this movie made me want to walk out on more than one occasion. That's rare. It was insulting, mind numbing and boring. What a wonderful combination.

  • Sept. 27, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST

    by blhotz

    Since when are movies supposed to make sense? If it made sense it would be called "reality". But, easily 75-80% of the movie made sense. Don't listen to the critics they think they know everything. SPOILER --> One would be surprised what a computer cold do when in control (AI).

  • Sept. 27, 2008, 1:11 p.m. CST

    The movie was just plain Hollywood crap

    by Nacho.Jones

    How long do we have to endure this stuff? The Execs on the left coast stop need to stop treating us like idiots. Didn't they discontinue the HAL9000? Why didn't John Connor see this ARIA bitch comin?

  • Sept. 27, 2008, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Stop need to stop

    by Nacho.Jones

    Need to stop posting without proper editing. Sorry

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 1:28 a.m. CST

    And proper fucking spoiler warnings Nacho

    by half vader

    Jesus Christ you're pretty much all doing it. Oh well, guess I don't have to see it now whether I wanted to or not, thanks for nothing. So much for this being a movie site where we could talk and get excited about movies. <p> Obviously fucks like you guys are contributing to the 'opening weekend' every bit as much as the marketing goons. <p> I'm fucking outta here. It's too pathetic.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 1:34 a.m. CST

    and by "opening weekend"

    by half vader

    I meant the whole bullshit phenomena where you "must" see it the first few days/the pathetic sleight-of-hand where people are fooled into giving the film all it's money before word-of-mouth gets out and they realise it's crap. <p> Although obviously "word-of-mouth" at AICN now means giving away the ending 5 minutes after the film has opened. Goodbye.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 2:50 a.m. CST

    This was fucking terrible!

    by blindambition238

    I was intrigued by all the trailers and really wanted to love this thing. Plus I really enjoyed Shia's and Caruso's work on Disturbia enough to be one of the folks who was looking forward to seeing them take the reins on Y The Last Man, one of favorite pieces of fiction of the past five years. <p> But yeesh. If this is their version of a big studio pic, you can count me as one of the folks who want them off of Y, stat. This was a political/techno thriller with no smarts, ingenuity, or tension. Instead of gradually turning the up knob on the suspense and mystery before giving us a payoff as most films would, we just got a series of incoherent explosions strung together with plot threads that were simultaneously cliched but incomprehensible. It was a movie where things just seemed to randomly happen. First some cars get smashed, then a crane rips them in half, then some lab is blowing up crystals, then some guy gets exploded by power lines, etc. <p> At least it was punctuated by an ending so heinous and reeking of 'studio intervention' that it made the whole theater laugh and shake their heads. <p> I never ranted like this before, but that is just how freaking shocked I am with how this thing turned out.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 3:59 a.m. CST

    the bad guy sucked

    by chipps

    the opening wasn't too bad but i can't see why acin and harry gushed so much about it. not bad though. it really was a bit of a let down when the bad guy was revealed. overall the movie wasn't too bad, it was mostly enjoyable, but nothing to write home about.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Better than Transformers

    by BrightEyes

    The ending almost ruined it , if you just take walk out of the movie when they flashback to the twins when they were little then it is an amazing popcorn film, an 8 out of 10 as far as popcorn films go but with that stupid ending I have to take off a point.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Too cheap to use color film?

    by blooker68

    Why all the bubonic blue? How about a film in full color?

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Anyone pick up on the other heavy Hitchcock reference?

    by Chishu_Ryu

    The Man Who Knew Too Much

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:10 a.m. CST

    The movie DOES tell you when it's taking place

    by groliver

    There's several shots of security camera video that has a date stamp on the bottom. It tells us that the film is taking place in January, 2009.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:55 a.m. CST

    This movie sucked ass. SPOILERS!!!!

    by Sebilrazen

    It was a poor mash-up of 2001, Wargames, Enemy of the State and I,Robot. So many plot holes and blatant mistakes. It was entirely implausible being placed in January of next year, the week after the inauguration. Chances are the new chain of command wouldn't even be decided, and there won't even be a fraking state of the union, there never is after a new inauguration, it would be an 'administration goals' speech. And 'hex' being a sound triggered explosive? At high F, during 'land of the freeeeeeee?' Get the frak out of here. Steal this movie, don't see it in theaters, don't encourage them to make more shite like this.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Harry. Come on, man?

    by diehard045

    This really wasn't very good. It was completely inane. How can a movie that wants to use technology, and the concept of big brother in today's paranoia-saturated culture, be effective when it turns ridiculous so fast? Billy Bob's fate? Terrible. The ending, with Shia suddenly dressed in the uniform? Awful. Its hard when the antagonist has zero personality. This just doesn't work unless it can be semi-realistic and the reality this film is grounded in isn't realistic. Yea, I believe in suspension of disbelief - for a far superior example of this type of flick, watch Enemy of the State.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:49 p.m. CST

    The Point?

    by diehard045

    Wargames creates a subculture. A world of war-rooms, blinking monitors and digital text filing across the screen. It went a long way to creating THAT reality. The one where its movie takes place. Then its earned the right to have a talking computer trying to understand the futility of playing a game that can't be won - that's intelligent. That ask hard questions about technologies place in the world and the dangers of developing beyond our control or its own. Eagle Eye develops none of that. Sure, it tries to create a modern reality where BIG BROTHER has his eye on everything - that's creepy. Like Enemy of the State. But then it ruins that with the awful twist of making HAL's fucked-up sister the villain. In no way is it hinted at that a computer is controlling this reality. Its introduced, as a device. In Wargames, its not just a device, it is the main conflict. In Eagle Eye its an excuse for some truly stupid action sequences that are barely discernible. Point is: For a movie like this to be credible, to work - it has to make the reality in which it exists, that it hopes to manipulate - plausible. Thats not the case here. The better story would have been to wax the twin brother concept. And just stick with the military programmer struggling with an all-knowing computer designed to run the country in the case of meltdown. There's tension there.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Reality

    by diehard045

    If the movie wanted to be a comic book - it should establish those sensibilities. Like The Matrix. It is clearly inspired by the ordinary guy becoming a fantastical hero. Eagle Eye doesn't have that. It's all grey and opens with an action sequence striking close to reality. Then, as it unfolds, it doesn't adhere to the rules it laid out initially. If it wanted to be transformers, the matrix, then it should have stated so at the outset. If it wanted to be Enemy of the State meets North By Northwest, then it should have found a better way to combine the two.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Why support this crap?

    by ass clown

    What happened Harry? Why can't you recognize shit anymore when you see it? This movie is garbage, it will be forgotten quickly, it is a waste of time, and Shia Leboeuf is a deusche bag. Transformers was unwatchable, Indiana Jones was a travesty, and I never saw Disturbia and wont watch this. Don't praise this garbage, please its okay that it exists, but dont sit there encouraging it. I love this site and dont want to have to rationalize why I keep coming back.

  • Oct. 1, 2008, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Of course Harry Loved garbage !

    by nefilim

    Fat F**k loves every piece of crap he sees, and keeps on loving, so he can see `em free. real objective journalist he is, our harry !

  • Oct. 1, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    I'm already mourning the Y: the Last Man movie

    by commiepinko

    DJ Caruso is just like bad sex. The only memorable thing about Salton Sea is Vincent Donofrio. The only memorable thing about Disturbia is whatever that hot chick's name is. And the only memorable thing about Eagle Eye is going to be that for about 30 seconds I thought it was going to have a ballsy ending. Oh, I almost forgot that the same no talent hacks who wrote Transformers/Fringe produced this so I am increasingly afraid for Star Trek as well.

  • Oct. 5, 2008, 9:48 p.m. CST

    January 26th, 2009

    by Starkiller1

    Pay attention, Harry.

  • Oct. 6, 2008, 10:05 a.m. CST

    I'm late to this discussion

    by Cotton McKnight

    I saw Eagle Eye last week. This movie was horrible. I mean it was "ok" as I was watching it but it was just awful.

  • Oct. 6, 2008, 10:07 a.m. CST

    correct, commiepinko.

    by Cotton McKnight

    I thought the ending was kind of cool.. and then they had that thing attached at the end where Shia is accepting a medal. That was the breaking point for me. That would have redeemed the whole thing- both brothers dying to keep the country safe. But no.. couldn't do that.

  • Oct. 12, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    not terrible but disappointing

    by Charlie_Allnut

    Mainly due to Paul Greengrass's uh I mean Caruso's directing. Enough w/ the hand held shit already!

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Ewww

    by Second Try

    This was a terrible movie. What's up with this Shia Lobuff guy?

  • Nov. 22, 2008, 6:23 a.m. CST

    by evolvingsensblty

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1059786

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Heh?

    by orcus

    Orcus sees all

  • Aug. 14, 2009, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Why was there life here?

    by orcus

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