Sore eyes for ‘Eagle Eye’

Mikhail Chernyavsky

It’s the hottest, coolest, and newest idea ever to come to the silver screen. All right, if you didn’t catch the hit of sarcasm, this idea is nothing new.

In the new Shia LaBeouf thriller “Eagle Eye,” technology has once again taken over our lives. It seems that director D.J. Caruso (“Disturbia”) has just given us another “remake” with his take on mankind and technology.

Whether it was in the 1980s with “War Games” and “The Terminator,” we’ve seen take over by technology countless times. The idea has even been explored for kids in “Smart House,” a film in which a house has built-in artificial intelligence and takes over the lives of the residents for their own good.

LaBeouf is our anti-hero of the film. He is forced into an unimaginable situation in which he goes from a copy associate at Copy Cabana to unlikely hero. His sole motivation being “I don’t want to die.”

This film involves a lot of running and “Simon Says.” Even the car chases lack any interest. You hear the voice of the “unknown caller” on speakerphone and sounds like an annoying GPS system.

Once again LaBeouf proves his acting worth as nothing more than Steven Spielberg’s golden boy. I hate hearing people say that LaBeouf can do no wrong in their book. LaBeouf is not a bad actor. I’m sure we all remember “Even Stevens.” However, we you do a good job playing a mediocre character, then it should be expected that you do a good job playing the same character in every film you do.

“Eagle Eye” has a very good cast including Rosario Dawson (“Death Proof”), Billy Bob Thornton (“Friday Night Lights”), Michelle Monaghan (“Made of Honor”) and Michael Chiklis (“Fantastic Four”). It’s a great cast but it doesn’t make up for a poor script that simply involves a lot of chasing and running.

This film gives you nothing to figure out for yourself and is very predictable. About 30 minutes into the film you are told who the “unknown caller” is. About that point in the film, if you haven’t figured out what will happen, then just wait. About five minutes latter the entire plot is spelled out for you. I don’t know why, because the film just seems to get repetitive after that with running from destination to destination.

There is no doubt that this film will do well in the box office. LaBeouf fans will flock to the theaters. The average moviegoer will get their fix of car crashes and people dying. But for the rest, don’t waste the money. Just wait to see it on DVD. Better yet, watch an original film, like, oh I don’t know, “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

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