While browsing through HBO On Demand films recently, I resulted to selecting 2008’s Eagle Eye. While it did keep me slightly entertained, it was soo bad!! Being far-fetched and unrealistic doesn’t even begin to describe this film. It was so over-the-top that any potential realism was thrown out the door.
The movie is about a government computer experiment type thing that goes haywire. Basically it’s a movie about Big Brother and the government tracking everyone’s waking movements. Two random strangers Jerry (Shia LaBeouf) and Rachel (Michelle Monaghan) are selected by the ‘killer computer lady’ to help perform her evil terrorist plan. Even the FBI wasn’t aware of how much power the computer system had accumulated over time. Billy Bob Thorton plays Agent Morgan of the FBI. He’s a total dipshit who eventually realizes the computer’s plan and becomes a sort of hero. The same goes for Rosario Dawson who plays a U.S. Marine officer type role.
The computer basically controls everything you can think of around the city, from the street signal lights to everyone’s cell phones to power lines in the desert. That’s where the film got way too silly for me. I can understand the plot’s concept, the thought of FBI listening in on every phone conversation and e-mail sent is a scary one. The movie could have achieved thriller status if it played to these threats/fears in a more realistic way instead of trying to carry out every thinkable ridiculous trick in the book.
Despite the film being terrible, there were tons of actors in it. Ethan Embry (Can’t Hardly Wait) and Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four) play FBI agents. Even William Sadler (The Mist) had a small role as Jerry’s dad. LaBeouf and Monaghan actually shined in this film. Even though they didn’t have much script-wise to work with they were able to make the viewer understand and empathize with them. And of course, the two main characters fall in love amidst chaos and murder (lame!). The film was directed by D.J. Caruso, and looking at his resume one can’t help but think Eagle Eye was a mistake in his judgment. He directed Salton Sea, Disturbia and Taking Lives. I really expected more of him with this film, such as a little bit of discretion.