Directed by D.J. Caruso
Two innocent strangers become dupes in a government surveillance project.
Eagle Eye is a “preposterous thriller” to say the least, said Leah Rozen in People. Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan are two strangers forced to act as operatives when a mysterious woman starts providing them instructions through their cell phones. Director D.J. Caruso crams the film with “high-decibel chase scenes, vehicle pull-ups,” and serious shootouts, trying his hardest to become the next Michael Bay. But all the overkill can’t hide characters that are as “thinly drawn as a child’s stick figures” and a plot that’s “laughably ludicrous.” The movie doesn’t contain a “single plausible moment,” said Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times. The plot is an insult to the viewer’s intelligence, and the film is an “assault on consciousness.” If that weren’t enough, it’s completely lacking originality, said Ty Burr in The Boston Globe. Caruso stole from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window with his last film, Disturbia. Here he strip-mines North by Northwest, The Wrong Man, and The Man Who Knew Too Much, simultaneously dishonoring three classics with this sorry knockoff.
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