Eagle Eye

Jerry Shaw is an ordinary person with a more or less ordinary life. All of that changes one afternoon when he hits up the ATM machine, notices he has $750,000 in the account, then returns home to find an apartment full of chemicals and top secret flight manuals and a mysterious woman on the phone telling him the FBI will be there in 30 seconds. Jerry initially balks at the notion and is quickly arrested. When he finally gets what he figures is his one phone call, the mysterious woman is back on the line telling him to duck because they're planning his escape. What follows from here is an intricate web of deceit, mind gaming, and suspenseful plot twists as Jerry begins to work out what's going on, who's behind it, and what the mysterious woman wants from him.

If you're at all into mind gaming, then you cannot miss this movie. It has everything you could possibly want. A bizarre scenario. Shadowy people. The FBI and the CIA. The US Military. Fast cars, unknown conspirators and conspiracies, you name it. The movie keeps you guessing left and right about who the mysterious woman is and why she wants Jerry to do as he's told or be killed. Just when you think you might have it figured out, a new twist comes flying at you and you're back to square one. I'm normally fairly good at figuring these things out but until the secrets were revealed, I had no idea.

There's not a lot of overly excessive violence, no nudity, and a more or less normal level of cursing and such. Basically nothing more outrageous than you'd find on a fast paced TV cop show. There's some mild politics injected into the movie but it's not entirely out of place given the subject matter. I could have done without the left leaning interpretations though. Fortunately it didn't impact on the overall enjoyment of the movie.

One interesting note for the record. About halfway through the movie some numbskull got cute and pulled the fire alarm. The timing was rather weird and seemed like it might have even been planned as part of the feature but the ushers soon told us to evacuate the building only to be told at the door that it was a false alarm. Irritating for pretty much everyone except the bastard who pulled the alarm. Kudos to the theater though. Upon leaving the movie the manager was standing at the door handing out free passes to make up for it. Nobody had even asked for that. They just took it upon themselves and the gesture left me with a very good impression of their service.

So if you're into spy flicks, action flicks, suspense flicks, thrillers, tech flicks, or mind game flick, this one has something for that part in all of us. Go see it. Go see it now.

Looking ahead for the next movie, I'm not seeing much hope. All of today's previews were so blah they got no comments one way or the other from the audience. So we turn to imdb.com to look even further out. So far I'm seeing jack squat other than the Keanu Reeves/Jennifer Connelly remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still. I saw an ad for that on regular TV the other day and was impressed enough by it that I'll probably go see it now that the theater has already given me a free ticket :)
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Posted on Sep 26, 2008 9:42 pm by Samson in: | 1 comment(s) [Closed]
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Sounds like a pretty good flick, from the TV previews I might've hoped for a small scene or two of mild nudity, but, what can you say? ;)

Seriously, it'll get added to our list on Netflix as soon as it's available there. :)

I thought that it was illegal to pull a fire alarm like that, especially in a crowded theatre. The fire department didn't come?

Free tickets can make some movies actually worth the time to go see them that otherwise wouldn't be, so those are always a welcome bonus. :)

       
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