REVIEW: ‘Eagle Eye’

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.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: