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Overall Rating
3.87

Awesome: 18.82%
Worth A Look56.47%
Average: 18.82%
Pretty Bad: 4.71%
Total Crap: 1.18%

7 reviews, 43 user ratings


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Eye, The
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Fright from second sight."
4 stars

Hong Kong horror flick from Danny and Oxide Pang, about a young woman blind since early childhood, who receives a cornea transplant to restore her vision.

The catch is that she gets more than bargained for when she begins seeing phantoms ó of course, not apparent at first during her adjustment. The first thought, which would be a premature judgment, is that this sounds all too reminiscent of The Sixth Sense and ďI see dead people.Ē There never is much similarity between the two films beyond the shared visual observation of the dead, but even the reasoning behind that veers into two separate distinctions. In The Eye, the logic falls into the prescient eyes, or more specifically, the corneas that are implanted, and through some detective work thanks to her therapist (ridiculed by his doctor-relative for not discounting the occurrence of the occult), the correlation of nightmarish encounters and fatidic visions are traced back to the dead girl they came from. And her suicide has caused a chain of events that will continue to repeat themselves until closure has been gained. By being a product of Hong Kong, there is a certain expectation for taut action and a swift-moving plot, but the Pang brothersí film isnít from that school of moviemaking. Rather, itís about pace, building suspense, giving or allowing room to be surprised along the way. In the true sense, it isnít much of a horror film either, at least in the traditional style popular today, but itís not without its veritable moments of frisson. The images, the sights, that our protagonist sees for the first time are selected and filmed to make their appearance similar to the viewer. Itís more that what she sees (the albino, her room shifting appearance, the shadow of a girl hanging from a noose) that have the effectiveness of being creepy rather than the shock value aspect of the story attempting to jump out and spook. The Pang brothersí general restraint grants the film a cunning edge, and the film sends chills up the spine on several occasions, bolstered by a creepy soundtrack. (Examples of ironed-out malaise: the Braille credits that open the film; as the girl rides on the subway, she sees the reflection of the girl whose corneas she received.) And for a movie about vision, about regaining it after nearly a lifetime without, the Pang brothers are careful to construct their compositions, making use of the space on screen as though looking at the images through the eyes of someone newly able to see, and only playing with distortions when called for to reflect the girlís adjustment to sight. It would be so easily to fall prey, but the brothers avoid resorting to gimmicks. With Lee Sin-je, Lawrence Chou, Chutcha Rujinanon, and Yut Lai So.

[Worth-seeing.]

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User Comments

1/26/10 PAUL SHORTT STRANGE PSYCHOLOICAL HORROR STORY 2 stars
10/27/09 bored mom Cellular memory? More like Legend of the Cursed Eyeballs. 3 stars
10/24/09 SouthWind45 Legacy and, worse, insists suggest that Brazilian professionals are solely responsible for 2 stars
10/23/09 Gangster38 The schools I went to were out of control. , 5 stars
5/29/07 Bitchflaps Doesn't bring anything new to the genre, but there are some effective moments. 3 stars
11/01/06 William Goss Familiar, yet still solid. 4 stars
10/02/05 ravinder singh i like this movei 5 stars
9/02/05 Indrid Cold A couple perfectly done scenes, but doesn't even come close to sustaining it. 3 stars
8/11/05 Maegs Creepy! Elevator man still scares the crap out of me. 4 stars
7/25/05 Eric Rollins Japanese Val Lewton makes visual gem out coal (story). 4 stars
7/20/05 Sir Dude Very good. Hurry and see it before Hollywood ruins a great movie... Again! 5 stars
6/23/05 M a bit silly, but skin crawling. beautifully shot. 4 stars
6/11/05 whatevr as creepy as the sixth sense 5 stars
6/09/05 The Grinch Don't believe the hype. The lamest of all overrated asian "horror". Watch Odishan instead 2 stars
6/05/05 Charlene Javier Great production values! 4 stars
5/07/05 K. Sear Nothing new but beautifully executed. 4 stars
1/13/05 SAKURAZUKAMORI Very effective, creepy movie. 5 stars
1/01/05 Raven Great drama with some horror elements. Ju-on sucked, watch this instead. It has a plot. 4 stars
10/19/04 Samantha It's a great film, I love the way it was done! 5 stars
5/29/04 Cameron Slick Thought concerned and eerie 4 stars
5/18/04 taintedlunch Creepy! Look out for elevator scene. Derivative and predictable at times, but good movie. 5 stars
5/15/04 shannon saliard excelltnt film it had me on the edge of my seat from first shot to last. 5 stars
4/26/04 Lord Jiggy Well done, owes Sixth Sense a lot, but doesn't ultimately pay off. 3 stars
4/18/04 JERRY ahh cuz i wet meself! 5 stars
2/08/04 matt mathias brilliant...it's all in the sound...turn it up loud!! 5 stars
1/21/04 Mayet quite better than inner senses... but nothing beats ring 4 stars
11/08/03 Agent Sands (previously Mr. Hat) Predictable at some points, but it's pretty scary. My 1st Pang Bros. outing. 4 stars
10/29/03 othree feltfull understated ghost story w/o the hollywood racket 4 stars
10/25/03 Mickey With A C This is an EXCELLENT movie 5 stars
10/05/03 john holdsworth top film better than usual U.S. crap 5 stars
9/14/03 the Grinch Don't believe the hype. Weak, cliched movie. Watch Audition instead... 2 stars
7/01/03 Kyle Worth checking out. 4 stars
6/24/03 Eastwood Honestly, I've never been genuinely scared like that. Leveled off nicely at the end. 4 stars
6/10/03 hugh frightening 5 stars
6/08/03 JaNeT WAY TOOO SCARY I LEFT HALFWAY THROU 5 stars
6/06/03 chris Plays it safe, but some scenes make the overall film worthwhile 4 stars
5/31/03 Meyeson I've had this on DVD for about 8 months, this is not "SCREAM" style horror it's "SUSPIRIA 4 stars
5/23/03 Jonathan Not Evil, but Bizzare-scary. A good story and cast but a little predictable at times. 4 stars
5/19/03 Loyd This movie has been copied from a book. I read the book 3 years ago. 1 stars
5/16/03 joe biedron very scary stuff 4 stars
3/20/03 Andy Bronson a great follow up to bangkok dangerous 5 stars
3/18/03 Ace-of-Stars Outstanding movie; very creepy -- right up there with Nakata's "RING" (orig. Japanese ver.) 5 stars
3/13/03 Jon Saw the east coast version 6 months ago, great with a very cool ending 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  06-Jun-2003 (R)
  DVD: 21-Oct-2003

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  03-Jun-2004 (MA)




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