MOVIE REVIEW: “Eagle Eye” stars Shia LeBeouf (Transformers , Disturbia), Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible III, Source Code), Billy Bob Thornton (The Judge, Sling Blade), Rosario Dawson (Zookeeper, The Captive), Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four, The Shield [TV series]), Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Hurt Locker), and Cameron Boyce (Grown Ups 2, Jesse [TV series]). It is directed by D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, I Am Number Four). The movie is about a man named Jerry Shaw (LeBeouf) who has no ambition in life, working at a copier machine store and barely scraping by. Elsewhere, there is a single mother named Rachel Holloman (Monaghan) who lets her kid Sam (Boyce) go on a trip to Washington D.C. with his school band without her going with him. Jerry and Rachel end up crossing paths in the most unfortunate way as they are thrown into a thriller of a chase after they both receive several calls by an anonymous being to do as they say or bad things will happen. Because technology can be hacked and accessed everywhere, they are constantly being watched and must fill out the plans of the person demanding them. Chasing them is agent Thomas Morgan (Thornton), who is trying to figure out how they could possibly slip from his fingers every time he is close to catching them.
This movie has some pretty big names backing it up. Two of the producers for it are the famous duo, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman who have both executive produced (and consultant produced) TV series “Fringe” and “Sleepy Hollow”. I am a big fan of their work. Also taking on the project, as well as proposing the idea, is the movie’s executive producer, Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, Jaws). I can see their styles thrown into this movie and overall it is an entertaining film. The story is interesting to watch and often makes you think about technology now in terms of how people can hack it or how government might be able to watch on you through your cell phones or computers. It can definitely scare me just thinking about it. The funny thing is, Steven Spielberg got this idea in his head ten years before the movie was even filming! I like how real it was and how it tackles the ideas that it presents in a good fashion. The acting was great. I have always thought Shia LeBeouf was a great actor and he still proves that. Everyone did a great job in their roles and of course I have to point out Billy Bob Thornton’s acting because he is always great. And just so I don’t forget, Michelle Monaghan held her own and I enjoy seeing her in movies, having seen her in both the movies I listed beside her name above. The action scenes are really thought out well and most are executed greatly. Along with those scenes are amazing special effects that make the viewing experience even better. One con I have with this film would be the first car chase scene. At times it is hard to figure out what is going on because of how fast the cuts are. It showed a lot of shots in the car and whatever shots were outside of it were really fast and it mainly showed cars wrecking more than chasing. I think it could’ve been taken care of better than it was. They did make up for it towards the end with another car scene which was pulled off well. Another con I have with this is how there were some things that didn’t make sense. The main one I had was towards the end. The way they take care of the bad guy didn’t make much sense because of how big they built up technology and sharing data. I won’t spoil anything, but it kind of degraded the whole point of taking care of the villain. Another one that didn’t make any sense was what happened to Shia LeBeouf towards the ending. I won’t spoil anything, like I’ve said before, but I will say that they had to go with a more happy ending even though it didn’t seem like it could happen in the scene that I am talking about. Other than those cons, this movie was fun and very interesting and I recommend anyone to try it out! FINAL SCORE: 81%= Juicy Popcorn
Here is the trailer: