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This movie's whole premise is just too silly. First of all, for all the tech stuff to happen, the story needs to be set at least 30 years into the future. More importantly, the whole premise of the story makes no sense. You "activate" two innocent people by trying to blackmail them into terrorism. The only point and only advantage to doing that would be to keep things secret. Here just the opposite happens. The protagonist deliberately draws attention to them. It makes no sense. And why would anyone deposit 750k in someone's bank account and send them maybe another 100k more in hardware just to have it confiscated on purpose by the FBI the same day? Surely you could achieve the same results by spending a heck of a lot less! I guess these villains have so many millions just lying around like so much loose change that they just don't care. Then the guy gets arrested by the FBI, so the villains must rescue him by knocking a hole in the side of a tall building with a wrecking crane. The next part of the rescue plan is to tell him to jump out of the building onto a train platform conveniently located below, where he falls onto the train tracks and nearly dies? If the guy is so valuable to you that you go to such extraordinary lengths to rescue him as knocking a hole in the side of the FBI building, you might want to have a plan that doesn't involve jumping onto electrified train tracks in front of an approaching train. I quit watching because one scene was sillier than the next.
Imagine the worst season of "24". Now imagine the worst episode in that season. Now make it even sillier, more over the top. Next incorporate every trope of modern sci-fi/terror/action thrillers, (don't forget the AI system run amok!). Try to assemble a musical score that's all climaxes and never takes a break (it's easy, you've heard it a hundred times in "24", "Die Hard" etc etc etc. Remember to include a speeding train, a plot to overthrow the government, drone strikes, war in the middle-east, air-to-air combat, an aerial-chase in a tunnel and an alienated under-achiever hero. Next, pile it all up and have everyone you know take a dump on it. That's it. I must say, they forgot the imminent nuclear launch by a rogue submarine angle.
I can't believe that Steven Spielberg was associated with this turkey.
I give this movie 5 stars when, in fact, I rarely give 5 stars for anything. I reserve 5 stars for rare, too notch, incredible products or movies.
The actors were very high quality in this movie. Although, the plot of this movie is similar to the trending idea that technology turns on humanity eventually (like Terminator, etc.).....it still kept for a very interesting storyline that keeps you guessing. Near the end is when you finally start to figure things out and who is doing what. This movie was under rated in general. There were many thrilling action scenes and car chases. I would recommend seeing this.
EAGLE EYE won't win any awards, but it can't be beat for perpetual action. Although there is a predictable villain and numerous scenarios that require the viewer to suspend disbelief, there are also plenty of car chases, explosions, gunfire and violence, plus a great deal of running and jumping from impossible heights, plus, more running, sliding, dunking, falling, automobile wrecks...and yet more gunfire and more crap blowing up, all of which is topped off with just enough romance to keep the wife or girlfriend vaguely interested. I rated this five stars simply because it was well worth it for its intended target audience, namely people who crave constant thrills, spills and stuff exploding. Use the bathroom before you watch this, because the heart-pounding pace is maintained throughout nearly every moment of the film. In closing, I'm now going to go now and watch a movie about rainbows and unicorns, just so I can decompress. Have fun and don't try any of this at home.
Shia LaBeouf gets a phone call out of the blue saying that the FBI is after him unless he cooperates on a secret mission. Michelle Monaghan gets a similar request. Billy Bob Thorton and Rosario Dawson are the FBI and Air Force agents respectively put in charge of tracking down LaBeouf and Monaghan. The movie is about the surveillance state created to counter terrorism and other threats to America that could easily be used against the public.
The movie is full of action as LaBeouf and Monaghan get a continuous series of calls telling them what to do and when to do it in great detail. When they don’t listen they get threatened. They end up escaping buildings, get chased through the streets, stow away on a plane, etc. It’s through all the security cameras, cell phones, social media, computers, etc. that their actions are being tracked. What they are up to isn’t revealed until nearly the end of the movie which is another sign of good writing to keep the audience in the dark about what’s ultimately behind everything.
It’s all very well done and keeps the excitement level going from start to finish. C
Movie was very entertaining but plot seemed rushed but the underlying message gave the audience something to think about until the end. Everything seemed to happen too fast in this movie unfortunately. Shia Labeouf's fantastic performance however left me feeling like we have allot more to see from this young actor. Overall the movie kept me engaged throughout and I would recommend to family and friends.
I liked this movie and have watched it 3 times. It's exciting and held my interest throughout with good acting, good script and an interesting plot that didn't stretch my credibility too far. The technology was a little dated but that's to be expected for an 11-year-old movie. A big, gold colored, moving mass storage robot arm with a huge ball and camera on the end picking out what looked like some kind of enormous archival storage media while acquiring and streaming a massive amount of real time video is a highly unlikely technology scenario. With that aside, the movie is very enjoyable.
Arrived swift and efficient good service. Seen this beforehand on dvd prior to this blu ray version keen on observing again.spying espionage thriller about a couple of unlikely people come together after a perculiar phone call imposed upon them been framed as terroists to perform acts of assassnation by unknown source;on beckons science fiction mode;intense suspense thrills anid set peices in plots arousing intrigue. Mesmerizing soon realise the scale it warrants or looms. tense with twists,cutting edge.
One of Shia Lebouf's final decent films before he kind of lost his marbles and became his own god.
His twin brother died and the 'system' needs him to replace him. What ensues is a 90 min thrill ride of set pieces and action with Michelle Monaghan there to make us drool over her baby face looks whilst agonising over her 'kidnapped' of sorts son.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 26, 2014
This is quite an intense mystery thriller staring Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan, bordering on science fiction. D.J. Caruso has shown before that he is a good director, and the movie develops nicely with increasing suspense. Quite expensive (80 mill $) with good visual effects. Saturn Award nomination for best science fiction movie. Aspect ratio 2,35 to 1. English subtitles, only.