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Eagle Eye watches past hits

Imagine a mysterious phone call, gunfire during the performance of the national anthem or a computer who wants to control the government; for a film, this brings to mind a classic political thriller.

The new Dreamworks production, Eagle Eye, includes all of these events and more. Producer Steven Speilberg presents the action film starring Shia LeBouf and Michelle Montaghan. Eagle Eye does not disappoint as a thrilling movie.

The story follows the life of twin Jerry Shaw (LeBouf), a young has-been Stanford dropout. When his twin brother Ethan dies in a head-on car collision, strange things begin to happen. Hundreds of loaded briefcases appear in his apartment and his bank account acquires $751,000. Then Jerry receives a mysterious phone call commanding him to leave his house immediately. If he doesn’t, the caller threatens, he will be arrested.

Without any explanation, Jerry is explicitly told where to go and what to do to escape possible imprisonment. On his strange adventure, Jerry comes across single mom Rachel Holloman (Montaghan) who is following the same anonymous voice in order to spare her son’s life.

The two band together and face a series of unrealistic obstacles following and obeying the voice on the phone to survive. Jerry soon worries more about losing his life in crossfire rather than being arrested.

As the movie progresses, it becomes clear that the voice on the phone is voicing terrorism. Rachel and Jerry’s confusion and frustrations are fueled by their adrenaline-filled anger against the unknown caller.

Their frustrations climax when the caller begins to command them to perform unrealistic acts that verge on anarchy and terrorism and they learn about a terrorist project called Guillotine.

FBI agent Thomas Morton (Billy Bob Thorton), Air Force of Special operations special agent Zoe Perez (Rosario Dawson), and the Secretary of Defense (Michael Chicklis) aid in the search for the self proclaimed “helper of the people.” Despite many near-death experiences, these characters continue to unfold the intricate mystery surrounding project Guillotine.

Though the fast-paced film was filled with suspense, many elemnts were unrealistic. With a plot and story line very similar to Enemy of State (1998) there are also mulitiple elements that are not plausible for a supposedly realistic political action flick. Because of these elements the film was not completely believable(though it tried its hardest).

Shia LeBeouf, a Disney child star who went on to success in Disturbia and the box-office hit, Transformers, was protrayed very young for his role in Eagle Eye. Perhaps because of his success as a younger actor, I found it hard to picture him as a twenty-something on the verge of disaster.

Overall, the movie was a must-see for those who enjoy Mission Impossible or Enemy of the State, though Eagle Eye does not quite match up to these successes. It keeps the audience on the edge of their seats for the two hour duration. Despite this, it reached or surpassed my expectations for a politcal crisis movie with a trite storyline.

Eagle Eye, rated PG-13, is currently playing at most local theaters. For show times and tickets, visit Fandango.

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    Bree AinleyMay 17, 2010 at 6:59 am

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