REVIEW: ‘Eagle Eye’

Cast:
Shia LaBeouf
Michelle Monaghan
Rosario Dawson
Billy Bob Thornton

“Eagle Eye,” also known as Big Brother is watching you.

This spy-like thriller follows the character Jerry Shaw (LaBeouf), an everyman whose brother happens to work in the military.

Because of his connection, Jerry ends up getting sucked into a violent, dangerous mission by a government operative to stop some type of attack.

“Eagle Eye” starts off well enough. It has a good set up, the pace is quick and there’s some exciting moments. However, as the film tries to intensify the dangers, it starts to become more and more implausible.

Now, there’s always the option of suspension disbelief, but it has to make sense in the movie’s world. Here, the movie sets itself up as a realistic thriller, but breaks these rules with unreal events, especially the absurd twist that happens in the third act.

The movie’s action is also a bit generic here and there, resulting in the film running out of steam. It’s a real big problem, too, when this action picture runs a full two hours. There’s also the issue of the picture trying to have a satire on today’s surveillance, but this aspect really crashes because of the plot twist.

It’s a shame, too, since the movie features some solid performances from both LaBeouf and Billy Bob Thorton. The supporting cast is pretty good in the movie, too, making for a well rounded film in terms of its acting.

Had the plot twist later in the film not been so ridiculous and with a better script, “Eagle Eye” could have been a more watchable thriller. However, its problems drag it down to a rental level flick. 2 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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