Eagle Eye

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If you’re paranoid about the government monitoring your cell phone, tracking your movements through your GPS and watching you on security cameras, you may want to think twice before watching the action thriller, Eagle Eye. Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) is an ordinary citizen who finds seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars in his bank account and thinks it’s his lucky day -until he opens the door to his apartment and finds guns, ammunition and explosives and 30 seconds later the F.B.I. breaks in and arrests him. (I guess it’s not his lucky day after all.) At the same time in another part of the city, Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan) has just finished talking to her young son when she receives a call on her cell phone from a mysterious woman who tells her that if she doesn’t follow orders her son will be hurt. Next, Jerry escapes while being interrogated by F.B.I. agent Thomas Morgan (Billy Bob Thornton) then Jerry and Rachel find each other. (No they’d never met before) With the help of traffic signals changing abruptly, planes and boats arriving at the precise time and giant magnetic cranes picking up cars that are chasing them, Jerry and Rachel run wherever the woman on the phone tells them to go. (Sound ridiculous? I didn’t even mention how they hide in an air cargo container.) With the mysterious woman telling them where to go and agent Morgan chasing them, they find themselves involved with the highest levels of the government led by Defense Secretary Callister (Michael Chiklis). Even though the story was ridiculous, unbelievable and some scenes just don’t make sense, with a bigger budget this film could have been a smash hit. (Did I mention a preposterous scene involving an air cargo container?) None of this really matters when you have solid performances from the cast and an exciting fast paced story from beginning to end. (By the end of the movie I was so wired it felt like I drank four espressos.) This is a fun, entertaining film and I’m giving it a B- rating.

This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.