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Blu-ray Review: Eagle Eye

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The Show

Eagle Eye is a fast-paced thriller that takes ‘suspension of disbelief’ to new heights. As a matter of fact it takes it to a whole new realm of comprehension. The movie is so unbelievable, so preposterous, that at some moments it’s fun and at others tiring.

Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf, Holes) is the epitome of a “nobody.” He works in a nondescript copy store and lives in a dilapidated apartment building where he can’t even pay his rent. He’s estranged from his parents, and has a hard time dealing with the sudden loss of his twin brother.

Suddenly, one dreary day, Jerry Shaw finds that his bank account is flush with over seven hundred thousand dollars and his apartment is full of high-tech bomb-making material. His phone rings and a creepy, but stoic female voice (an uncredited Julianne Moore) relays specific instructions on how to evade the FBI who are on their way.

Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan, Gone Baby Gone) has just been informed, by the same voice, that her son will be killed if she doesn’t also follow exact instructions. Rachel and Jerry soon meet up and are bouncing around the country with the FBI hot on their tail all the while taking instructions from the voice.

It seems that whoever is on the other end is an all-knowing, all-seeing presence that can use any electronics for its own purposes — something that can see and track every move of seemingly everyone wherever they go. Don’t worry, there is an explanation for how this is happening, but it is a crummy one. It’s also where the movie falls apart.

The secret of who is behind the voice is so unimaginative and unoriginal that it’s not interesting at all. The secret is also revealed far too early on. To say it’s anti-climatic is an understatement.

Eagle Eye features some fun action, and a fairly reserved Shia LaBeouf, but nothing more than that. It’s one of those action movies that averages about three seconds before it switches to another shot. At times this is nauseating — but not as nauseating as the end game, the secret that the movie has been building toward. It’s all smoke and mirrors, an excuse to wreck cars, and fly an unmanned Predator plane into a crowded traffic tunnel.

Eagle Eye really only serves as a vehicle for action elements, and nothing else. The story lacks substance and originality, settling for quick-cutting chase scenes that are extremely hard to follow.

In the pantheon of big dumb action movies, Eagle Eye is one of the biggest and the dumbest. That’s not to say it isn’t a little entertaining, but it is about as dumb as they come.

The Quality

While Eagle Eye may be on the dumb side, the 1080p High Definition experience makes the movie watchable. Blu-ray and action movies are the perfect combination. When the crane crashes into the building where LaBeouf’s character is being held you can almost see the rubble spilling out of the flatscreen.

The 5.1 Dolby TrueHD sound works extremely well in this movie. It makes you feel like you’re in the middle of the car chase, and just inches away from each and every explosion. The dialogue is distinct and clear, even when there’s insane action happening all around.

The Special Features

All of the special features, save the photo gallery, are presented in HD. The first extra is "Asymmetrical Warfare: The Making of Eagle Eye," which is 25 minutes long and has all the standard fare of a 'making of' segment. Interesting tidbits are shared about Steven Speilberg’s influence on the film. There are also some great explanations about the movie’s special effects.

"Eagle Eye on Location: Washington, D.C." is far too short, clocking in at just over five minutes. This extra takes a quick look at shooting the movie on location in the nation’s capitol, and also the challenges that presented.

Ending Thoughts

Eagle Eye is dumb, that’s for sure, but Blu-ray makes it fun. This is one of those films where you can sit back, relax, and switch off your brain.

The picture is crystal clear, but who would expect anything less from High Definition? This Blu-ray is a perfect example of what Blu-ray can do, and how it can make a movie more enjoyable.

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