(DreamWorks/Paramount Blu-ray + DVD-Video)
B/C+ Sound: B/C+ Extras: D Film: D
an Alfred Hitchcock classic to imitate, D. J. Caruso and Shia LaBeouf are
reunited after their shaky success in Disturbia
with the Jerry Bruckheimer-like Eagle
Eye (2008) that would be an unintentional howler if it were not so
thoroughly bad. He plays a guy who just
hangs around not doing much until a cell phone call drags him into a military
plot that could (yawn) get him killed.
Faster than you can say North By
Northwest or Enemy Of The State,
he is on the run and gets to drag Michelle Monaghan with him again.
becomes stupid early on with the pre-credit operation of going after more
Islamic terrorists, but they are more cardboard than the character development
this script (by four people!?!) is. And
the film also manages to waste the talents of Michael Chiklis, Rosario Dawson, Billy Bob Thornton, Ethan Embry,
William Sadler and some other familiar faces, that is if you can see them.
make up for the lack of story and be hip, the film tries to take the
Bruckheimer Military Chic look of bluish (sometimes green or greening) lights,
computer lights projecting onto people and digital surveillance imaging to new
highs and instead makes them more obnoxious than ever. Add more degraded images, bad shaky camera
work and the idea that we are in “mysterious” tech space and you have a visual
disaster to match everything else that goes wrong.
result has quasi-Fascist leanings, is confused ideologically and never makes
sense. Of the government just has a few
bad apples in it, then we know the ending here, correct? Talk about playing it safe. So where is the suspense? Nowhere, as the idea is to pretend it is
there when it is not. That ironically
makes Eagle Eye a film with far from
20/20 vision, though it is very clear how bad it is within minutes.
2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is not great considering it was blown-up
to IMAX (this must have looked bad large) and the anamorphically enhanced DVD
is much poorer trying to handle al the shades of darkness in vein. I though this might improve as it went along,
but know the transfer is not as much of a problem as the source, lensed by
Director Of Photography Dariusz Wolski (Pirates
Of The Carribean trilogy, Sweeney
Todd) who did the camerawork on the Bruckheimer/Don Simpson hit Crimson Tide (see the Blu-ray elsewhere
on this site) in this, his poorest work to date.
TrueHD 5.1 mix on the Blu-ray is on the compressed and limited side, with the
surrounds not kicking in like they should, made worse on the DVD’s Dolby
Digital mix. Extras on both include a
useless alternate ending, pointless deleted scenes, stills, gag reel, trailer
and five featurettes that show how badly produced this is.
are an endangered species. Let’s hope
films like this follow.
- Nicholas Sheffo