After the blockbuster success of Transformers and his appearance in Indiana Jones, Shia LaBeouf’s recent string of films had been largely appealing selection of films that, while not universally so, entertained audiences around the world. Enter Eagle Eye, where audiences became not only bored but fed up with the story that seemed to make itself up as it went along. Critics hated it and viewers disliked it, but the film still managed to make back its budget and then some domestically, so it’s hard to call this one a disappointment by any means.
Prepare for a rollercoaster ride of mind-blowing action in this Blu-ray Special Edition complete with high-octane special features, including an alternate ending and much more! Executive Producer Steven Spielberg delivers the ultimate race-against-time thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Shia LaBeouf (Transformers) and Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible III) star as strangers ripped from their ordinary lives when they are “activated” as part or a high-tech assassination plot. Through blistering chases and shocking twists they try to escape – but where do you go when the enemy is everywhere?
Oh Eagle Eye, how I wanted to love you. The trailers looked entertaining; I enjoyed every one of the main cast members in previous films, ranging from LaBeouf and Monaghan to Billy Bob Thornton and Rosario Dawson, and the action looked solid. On top of that Spielberg executive produced the whole thing, so why not give it a chance? I was excited and the first forty minutes of the film didn’t let up, with some truly intense action and decent tension built up as the mystery of the film began to unfold.
Then it happened. The big revelation of the film that what was really behind it all was…well, I won’t spoil it in case you want to see this movie for yourself still, but needless to say it’s stupid. So many things about the film began to fall apart from that point on, and as it “wrapped” up in the end, it felt like it wanted nothing more than to be over. It tried to put a tidy bow on everything and hand it to us as if it were a gift of some sort, but no…it’s a crap ending to a film that was moderately entertaining in the beginning.
That’s probably what disappointed me most about the film; it had a lot of potential and even if it had taken a plot turn that was even half as stupid as this one, then I wouldn’t have cared. But for the film to completely throw that card out of nowhere…I mean, it was kind of predictable I guess, but I just assumed that it was just some really large task force of men behind it rather than…well, again, I won’t say for spoilers sake, but…man. What the hell. They couldn’t have chosen something else to be tormenting random people in the U.S.?
Whatever. Stupid plot revelations aside, the films intro really was exciting and worth watching. The night time car chase was riveting and I ogled at the number of cars being destroyed (seriously, it was a pretty high number). It was definitely an edge-of-your-seat sequence, but after that the rest of the film could never hope to be as exciting.
Simply put, Eagle Eye was a very, very mediocre film. It’s every bit as worthy to receive the poor reviews as it did and probably didn’t deserve to make as much money as it did, but that’s the breaks you get when you market a crap film like this properly. Plenty of great eye candy to gaze upon, but the entire film felt half-assed. Dawson’s role here was seriously underused, but I did find great enjoyment from Thornton’s role, as I often do whenever he’s on the screen. LaBeouf brought his usual humorous attitude to it all, which felt kind of odd at times; short of being a bit older looking he really didn’t look and act all that different from his Transformers self.
Overall Eagle Eye is really something that can be Skipped, which is a shame since I really wanted to like it. The plot simply took too many stupid pills for me to process and as a result I really don’t see how anyone would feel glad that they took the time to watch this one. Granted that car chase is pretty bad ass, but…the rest just isn’t worth it.
Paramount has released this film with a standard Elite Blu-ray case, grey disc art and a simple and easy to navigate menu. Also included is a coupon to use on other Paramount titles, so those with gift cards burning a hole in their pockets can get a discount on films they want as well. Oddly enough the coupon is on the outside of the set, so you don’t even need to buy it to use it, you can merely tear it off if you’re feeling a bit thievish.
Video arrives in an AVC encoded 1080p 2.35:1 aspect ratio that is quite frankly rather remarkable looking. Deep blacks are abound and the nighttime race was absolutely fantastic to look at; the bright city lights and wet streets made for some terrific visuals and the big baddie responsible for this whole affair looked quite impressive as well, with the golden hues coming off brilliantly. Not surprisingly the film looks quite awesome, but when you have to put up with a plot like this, it’s easier to pay attention to LaBeouf’s nose hair than it is to take an interest of the plot. The audio is also impressive, with the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix bringing plenty of thunder to the room, as well as superb use of surround sounds. The sequence in Circuit City’s Home Theater room in particular sounded great, with the myriad of sound effects and audio clips tossing about the room. Hearing “That’s one small step for man…” come out of nowhere in the rear channels was really quite a nice experience. Also included are French and Spanish DD5.1 tracks, as well as English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.
For the extras we have a healthy load to sort through and they’re all in HD. Oddly enough the “Special Features are presented in Standard Definition (except where noted HD) and are not rated” tag is included on the back, despite them all being HD. Of course they stipulate that the photo gallery is not HD, but the images kind of do fill the screen, so I think they are semi-HD at least. In any case, two extras are presented in 1080p, which include the Deleted Scenes (4:39) and Theatrical Trailer (2:35). The rest are all in 1080i.
And what are the rest? A series of making-of’s and how-we-did-this type pieces; starting off we have Asymmetrical Warfare: The Making of Eagle Eye (25:32, 1080i), On Location: Washington, D.C. (5:58, 1080i), a quick piece on the scary nature of technology in Is My Cell Phone Spying on Me? (9:14, 1080i). Shall We Play a Game? (9:22, 1080i) focuses on the pre-production work done on the film and another quick On Location with the Cast and Crew (3:05) piece. Finally we have a Gag Reel (7:00), which is mostly Thornton focused, with plenty of censored words. There’s a hilarious exchange between him and Dawson on the set, which is really quite entertaining…perhaps more entertaining than the film itself.
Overall it’s a decent set and worth a Rental if you absolutely need to see it, but otherwise you aren’t going to get much out of this release aside from a few wasted hours.
Eagle Eye: Special Edition is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.