in my opinion…
Running time: 118 minutes
Producer: Steven Spielberg
Computers are evil! They can control you! They can – okay, maybe with a little Hollywood enhancement, but nevertheless, I felt like putting my mobile phone in a different room. In case, you know, it’s actually watching me or something.
Eagle Eye is definitely my style of movie. Action. Thriller. Guns. Non-stop running. Assassination plan. Innocent victims. Creepy computer. Massive car chases (and ultimately, car crashes, because don’t all action movies these days have them?). Intricate and clever plot. Brilliant ending. This movie gets five stars all the way, and I’ll even forgive the ending that wasn’t as drastic as I thought it would be.
The plot is the main reason I love this movie. It starts off with a military mistake (bombing an innocent town in the Middle East, against the recommendations of the Department of Defences’ computer system) and then zooms over to Jerry Shaw, a University dropout, and Rachel Holloman, a single mother. How do they connect? That’s the real question. And, as the movie rushes along at a staggering pace, all the pieces fit together.
I love these “ticking-bomb” movies (sometimes a literal bomb, sometimes a figurative one…), especially when they’re full of technology. The timing is always perfect. The evil computer (called ARIIA) controls everything so perfectly it really does leave you thinking. She contacts them via phones, sometimes even a public phone or even a complete stranger’s mobile. It’s all very technologically creepy. ARIIA is a super computer, designed by the military, and knows everything and everyone. Due to the military’s mistake, that ended in civilians deaths, she believes the president isn’t fit for office. So, simple. She’s going to kill him. Using Jerry Shaw and Rachel Holloman and an intricate web of plans so perfect even the FBI can’t stop her. Who knew computers cared so much?
The action sequences? Brilliant. This is the kind of movie that you feel exhausted when you finish watching it because the main characters don’t stop running the entire time. The car chase scenes, complete with everything exploding, are vibrant and thrilling, though bordering on the cliché. The ways they escape? Wow. The plotters behind this movie have brilliant imaginations. The ingenious twists kept me stuck to my seat, waiting breathlessly for the finale. And it was a finale to behold.
The acting is spot on, though Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) will always be “Sam” from Transformers for me. I also thought it a little cliché how Jerry was the “other twin”, the dropout, the failure, while his great and wonderful brother went on to do marvellous things with the military (can I say, Avatar?). It fit the story so I won’t complain too much. Rachel Holloman also takes out a spectacularly acted part. When she’s driving in the raucous car chases, it’s hilarious – with Jerry telling her how to drive and her freaking out. A little spattering of humour now and then added to the emotional tension of the film.
Eagle Eye is a movie that will keep your eyes glued to the screen and your mind secretly questioning what you’re computer really knows about you. There’s action not to be missed, a twisting plot to keep your brain moving, with a blazing ending that’s nearly but not quite perfect.