Hold on to your hats Summer Blockbuster fans, because just before the race to Oscar season starts to heat up, Hollywood is lobbing one final slam/bam explosion filled grenade at us. This one goes by the name of Eagle Eye and trust me, it’s a doozy. I’d like to be a responsible film critic and give you a short synopsis without giving to much away, but Eagle Eye borrows from so many films it’s hard to know where to begin. So please accept this tiny spoiler alert instead.
The Government is in danger of itself, only they don’t know it yet, and by the time they manage to figure it out, well, lets just say it’s going to be way to late. Through a strange twist of fate involving the most evil computer program you can think of, two characters portrayed by (Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan) are tasked with saving the day. Problem is, he’s wanted for a possible terrorist activity and she’s worried that her son won’t make it to brand practice on time. FBI investigator (Billy Bob Thorton) is hot on their trail, and nipping closely at his heels is an Air Force OSI officer, courtesy of (Rosario Dawson). Throw in an sound sensitive exotic gemstone that has the ability to blow up large areas of space and people, and there you have it.
Confused? Me too. The good news is that none of this matters, because Eagle Eye takes you on such an enjoyable shotgun blast thrill ride that if you even try to figure out whats going on, the film pimpslaps you with another 20 minutes of action packed thrill scenes to remind you just who’s in charge. The tension builds quite well throughout this action packed suspense movie, and each new predicament somehow manges to top itself by way of quick cutting camera angles, editing, and accompanying fast paced music. In the end you get the feeling everything’s going to be alright, but Director D. J. Caruso smartly waits until the very last second to pull us out of danger.
The acting in this film really isn’t important but let’s give credit where it’s due. Unlike with Indiana Jones 4, LaBeouf is really starting to come into his own as a Moviestar. and unlike his costar in Transformer, Monaghan adds more than just a pretty face to the nerve racking chase scenes. Thorton gets all the films funny lines, and (Michael Chiklis) collects a paycheck playing the US Secretary of Defense.
So having said all that, and assuming you’re intelligent enough to leave your brain at home and don’t try to figure out if the plot could actually happen in real life; Eagle Eye does a fantastic job of closing the door on what was a fantastic Cinema summer for 2008. My advice, see it early in the morning so you can jumpstart your day with a good old fashioned adrenaline rush.