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Overall Rating
2.42

Awesome: 5%
Worth A Look: 2.5%
Average40%
Pretty Bad: 35%
Total Crap: 17.5%

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Eye, The (2008)
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by William Goss

"She’s Got Trouble Vision"
2 stars

Thus far in the early months of 2008, 'The Eye' finds itself firmly situated between January's 'One Missed Call' and March's 'Shutter', while all but substituting itself for either horror remake that has in turn swapped out subtitles and scares for stars and special effects.

Having lost her sight at the age of five to a firecracker-related incident for which her sister (Parker Posey) has yet to forgive herself, accomplished violinist Sydney Wells (Jessica Alba) opts to take part in a double cornea transplant. As she adjusts to a world ripe for sensory overload with the help of an adequately photogenic physician (Alessandro Nivola), Sydney soon finds herself seeing not only the living, but also the dead and their screeching otherworldly escorts. The sis and the doc are skeptical and then some once she starts seeing what she ought not to, but of course, our plucky heroine gets to the bottom of it all in the especially clumsy third act, complete with an inevitable false ending and an admittedly half-tense climax.

In adapting the 2003 Hong Kong original, Gothika screenwriter Sebastian Gutierrez promptly Americanizes the shit out of it, what with Sydney lending cloying narration and saving skateboarders who can’t sense a bus speeding towards them (although she can, natch; I’ve heard of the other senses being amplified, but that’s just about pushing it). Of course, she lives in a terribly chic apartment with a view that is all but going to waste, and her surgery and subsequent recovery indeed takes place in an unnaturally dim hospital wing. Hell, even a midpoint argument between Sydney and Dr. Hunk all but acknowledges the film’s derivative nature: “I’m seeing--” “What, dead people?”

With one instance to date, directors David Moreau and Xavier Palud (Ils/Them) have crafted a feature filled with nothing but utmost tension in spite of a flimsy premise and proportionally thin characters, but here, the pair go for all the decibel-abusing nightmares, disorienting flashbacks, and the like that you’d expect from many other less proven filmmakers (if there were even rumors of reshoots, I wouldn’t hesitate to believe it). In a genre that all but embraces the gloomiest of locales (The Ring did it first and best), Jeff Jur’s cinematography manages to be marginally warmer and more graceful between the requisite jolt scenes than one might expect, even if some intentionally blurry shots early on seem to be more the result of Julian Schnabel directing the second unit for a day than anything else. On the flipside, Jeff Gullo’s cutting for said spook sections follow the more unfortunate trend of blender cuts that have plagued recent horror.

As far as actual acting is concerned (hey, stay with me here), this is probably the best attempt at a performance that Alba has given since Sin City, and no, that really isn’t saying much, since any slack that her earlier emoting earns is promptly squandered away by her especially risible hour-mark exchanges with Rachel Ticotin, who pops up as a character who might as well be named “Senora Exposición”. Posey is better by default in her small scenes than this material deserves, while Nivola’s doctor remains an untapped love interest, little more than a plot enabler of conveniently equivalent age and more stubble than credibility (if the audience can insinuate one thing, it’s that this man most assuredly did not get his M.D. from Barbasol University).

Only a bit better than the track record of either Lionsgate or horror remakes in general might indicate, 'The Eye' is pretty much as slick as it is silly, and rarely anything approaching frightening, but for anyone still willing to sit through another remake like this as the trend enters its sixth year of diminishing returns, it should keep them distracted long enough while the rest of us proceed to rent that truly scary little cornea transplant flick known as 'At First Sight'.

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User Comments

8/07/09 laressa its inspiring it showed me to find my destiny in life cuz i wasnt put on dis earth 4 nothin 5 stars
10/08/08 megha just see the movie 3 stars
8/27/08 Shaun Wallner Great Horror film!! Kept me on the edge of my seat 5 stars
7/08/08 PAUL SHORTT ONE CANT TURN A BLIND EYE TO SUCH CONSPICUOUS FAILINGS 1 stars
6/17/08 action movie fan rather dull except for very good explosive finale 2 stars
5/09/08 Misti K They definitely dumb it down in the American version... pretty disappointing! 3 stars
3/02/08 John Millheim this movie is not that scary to me, the japanese version is alot better 3 stars
2/21/08 Ace WHAT BOGUS CRAP!!! It just kept going from bad to worse, so I left before it was over! 2 stars
2/14/08 Ming Good try on doing this remake...I think the story need to be more beliveable 3 stars
2/04/08 Veronica Jarvis Absolutely great if you're into these types of movies...def worth your time! 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  01-Feb-2008 (PG-13)
  DVD: 03-Jun-2008

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Australia
  13-Mar-2008



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