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Eye, The
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by Brian McKay

"Why do eye feel like eye've seen this already?"
3 stars

Brotherly director teams seem to be an emerging trend. First we had the Coen brothers, then los hermanos Wachowski. Now from the other side of the Koi pond are the Hong Kong duo of the Pang Brothers, trying to stake their claim in the horror market with THE EYE.

The plot of The Eye is one of those things that seems a lot better on paper (or on the back of a video box) than in execution. Which is not to say that it's a bad film, but it is hampered by a combination of familiarity and poor timing.

A likeable young woman named Mun (Lee Sin-je) has been blind since the age of two. However, she gets a new lease on life when she recieves a cornea transplant. As she slowly learns to adjust to her new sight, she begins to see odd, disturbing things and shadowy figures all around her.

Okay, I'll just come out and say it - she sees dead people. Some of the visitors are pleasant, like the ghost of the little girl she befriended in the hospital who comes back to say goodbye. Most of them, however, are not so cheerful, and a few of them are downright creepy as hell.

Apparently the previous owner of the corneas had some serious unresolved issues (This is what happens when you get used parts - no warranty!) So with the aid of her therapist/potential love interest, Mun searches for the donor's identity and the clues that will help her resolve her supernatural stigmatism.

Now, had this film been released a few years earlier, right before the slew of films like The Sixth Sense, Stir of Echoes, Ringu, and the Mothman Prophecies, it could have been a pretty effective thriller. But while it begins and ends on fairly strong notes, and definitely has a few jump-out-of-your skin moments, what's meant to be the big twist just isn't that big. The main body of the story tries to build a palpable atmoshphere of suspense, but falls well short of being able to sustain that atmosphere. What we're left with is a film that is competently written, directed, and acted, but which feels far too familiar to really deliver up anything beyond a few scattered moments of scare power.

As is usually the case with Hollywood, which chooses to eschew the new in favor of embracing the familiar and established, rumor has it that THE EYE has already been optioned for an American remake with Tom Cruise. While it may miraculously end up being a slight improvement on the original, as was THE RING, it seems unlikely that this premise can be twisted around much more in a way that can truly be effective. If I may add one more bad pun - what you see is what you get. Unless you're an easy-to-please horror junkie, you're probably just as well turning a blind eye to this one and waiting for CABIN FEVER.

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User Comments

12/29/17 morris campbell not fresh but still scary worth a look 4 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'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
6/06/03 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
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