Eagle Eye Special Edition

Directed By: D.J. Caruso Starring: Michelle Monaghan Shia LaBeouf

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Product Overview

Executive Producer Steven Spielberg delivers the ultimate race-against-time thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Shia LaBeouf (Transformers) and Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible III) star as strangers ripped from their ordinary lives when they are "activated" as part or a high-tech assassination plot. Through blistering chases and shocking twists they try to escape -- but where do you go when the enemy is everywhere?

Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 210266399
UPC 097361405148
UPC 14 00097361405148
Format DVD
Release Date 12/26/2008
Keywords
Action
Assassination
Brothers
Technology
Terrorism
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note D.J. Caruso (TAKING LIVES, DISTURBIA) directs this tale of intrigue that utilizes technology as a character. Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) is a slacker who works at Copy Cabana--until he returns home after receiving bad news about his brother to find his apartment filled with incriminating packages, and receives a phone call from a mysterious woman advising him to vacate the premises immediately. Single mom Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan) also finds herself at the mercy of the mystery caller after seeing her young son off on an overnight school trip. Soon, these two strangers find themselves caught in a tangled web, taking directions from the female caller who makes it very clear that if they disobey her, there will be consequences for them and their families. They have no control over the course that's been set in motion. But the real question is, who is making these calls and what is their ultimate goal?^Filled with explosive action, car crashes, and high-tech hi-jinx, this thriller moves at breakneck speed. Technology is the co-star here: electronic signs relay the next move to Jerry and Rachel, traffic lights change as needed, and strangers' cell phones ring with directions. The strong supporting human cast includes Billy Bob Thornton as a hard-nosed FBI agent who is investigating LaBeouf for terrorism, and Michael Chiklis as the Secretary of Defense. Rosario Dawson, Ethan Embry, and Anthony Mackie also star in the film, for which Steven Spielberg served as executive producer. LaBeouf remains an interesting young actor, able to move from action sequences to emotional moments with ease, and Monaghan protects her screen son with a mother's ferocity.
Reviews
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "EAGLE EYE delivers practically non-stop action....Caruso orchestrates his spills with a satisfying physicality..." 11/01/2008 p.72
Directors
D.J. Caruso
Actors
Michelle Monaghan
Shia LaBeouf
Cast & Crew
Michelle Monaghan - Star
Billy Bob Thornton - Star
Shia LaBeouf - Star
Rosario Dawson - Star
Anthony Mackie - Star
Michael Chiklis - Star
Edward L. McDonnell - Executive Producer
Brian Tyler - Composer
Patrick Crowley - Producer
Hillary Seitz - Screenwriter
Dan McDermott - Story
Roberto Orci - Producer
Dan McDermott - Screenwriter
John Glenn - Screenwriter
Travis Wright - Screenwriter
Steven Spielberg - Executive Producer
Jim Page - Editor
Dariusz Wolski - Director of Photography
Alex Kurtzman - Producer
D.J. Caruso - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 140514
UPC 00097361405148
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 117 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Eagle Eye has all the earmarks of a once substantive script that was poked, prodded, cut, and crimped until all semblance of intelligence was wrung out of it. It's still possible to see the cautionary message underlying the movie: something about the danger of Big Brother and the result of giving computers too much control. The former was more than adequately explored by George Orwell. The latter has formed the fulcrum of countless science fiction stories, including Star Trek episodes, 2001, and this year's best animated feature, WALL*E. It feels almost unclean to write a review for something as bad as Eagle Eye and include those fine titles...It would be nice to see Shia LaBeouf appear in a movie that gives him a chance to act. Lately, all he has been doing is standing around playing a foreground ornament to a bunch of special effects...The average positive review of this film will remark that "it's a fun ride if you turn off your brain." I'm not sure why anyone would want to turn off their brain, since that's the organ where the body's pleasure centers are located. Even granting that, when it comes to dumb popcorn movies, Eagle Eye is nowhere near the top. What makes the film even more disappointing is its veneer of social commentary about nonstop surveillance and the omnipotence of computers. These things are red herrings that, like Caruso's frantically edited chase scenes, are designed to camouflage the bankruptcy of the writing. Should this film be a huge box office success, it will stand as a sad testament to how low the bar for cinematic entertainment has been set.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The word preposterous is too moderate to describe "Eagle Eye." This film contains not a single plausible moment after the opening sequence, and that's borderline. It's not an assault on intelligence. It's an assault on consciousness. I know, I know, I liked "Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," but that film intended to be absurd. "Eagle Eye" has real cars and buildings and trains and CNN and stuff, and purports to take place in the real world...You might like it, actually. Lots of people will. It involves relentless action: chases involving planes, trains, automobiles, buses. Hundreds of dead. Enough crashes to stock a junkyard. Lots of stuff being blowed up real good. Two heroes who lack any experience with violence but somehow manage to stick up an armored car at gunpoint, walk on board an unguarded military transport plane and penetrate to the ultra-secret 29th-floor basement of the Pentagon...If you're looking for a narrative that makes much sense, "Eagle Eye" lacks one. It's essentially a lot of CGI and stunt work, all stuck together in a row. LaBeouf is a good young actor, but you wouldn't discover that here. I barely had time to observe that he resembles an underweight John Cusack when he was off and running, as Jerry and Rachel became elements in effect scenes. The movie obviously intends to resemble and inspire a video game, and at that it is slick. I look forward to film students using their clickers to work out the average shot length. I'm predicting less than three seconds. So to summarize, "Eagle Eye" is great at all the things I object to, and I admit it. But I didn't enjoy it.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
Features
DVD, Widescreen, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Gene Shalit, NBC-TV It's a mile-a-minute thriller.
Ian Freer, Empire A fun techno romp, mixing great bang for your buck with insights into the dangers of restricting civil liberties.
Josh Rosenblatt, Austin Chronicle Good, manic fun plus a heavy dose of political intrigue...
Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer Monaghan gives a solid performance, and Billy Bob Thornton has sarcastically funny bits as an FBI agent.
Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV Electrifying! The most exhilarating movie of this year!
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