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EAGLE EYE ($40) is another in a series of action movies with a premise so preposterous, that one is require to suspend more than an average amount of disbelief during the film’s running time. However, if one is willing to lock their disbelief in a box and chuck it into the depths of the ocean, EAGLE EYE proves to be a highly entertaining, if somewhat familiar, action movie experience. A hodgepodge of ideas that blends elements from movies like 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, ENEMY OF THE STATE, WARGAMES, I, ROBOT and several others, EAGLE EYE offers a paranoid story of innocent protagonist placed in danger by technology that has been allowed to run amok.

In EAGLE EYE, Shia LaBeouf portrays Jerry Shaw, a Stanford University dropout and all around slacker, who is informed that his Air Force lieutenant twin brother Ethan was killed in a traffic accident. Following his brother’s funeral, Jerry goes to the ATM and is surprised to discover there is $750,000 in his account. Jerry further discovers an even bigger surprise waiting for him at home… as his apartment is now filled with a large amount of weapons and explosives. Shocked at what he has found in his apartment, Jerry then receives a phone call from an unknown woman, who explains that the FBI is about to arrest him unless he does exactly what he is told. He doesn’t. After being arrested, Jerry is again contacted by the unknown woman, who arranges for his escape… During the course of Jerry’s dilemma, EAGLE EYE has also introduced the character of Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan) a single mother, who is coerced into assisting Jerry by the same unknown woman, who is threatening to kill Rachel’s young son, unless her instructions aren’t followed exactly.

As we quickly learn, Jerry and Rachel are under constant surveillance, with every cell phone, traffic camera and security camera under the continuous scrutiny of the unknown woman at the other end of the phone. Utilizing traffic lights, electronic signs, video screens and remote control devices, the unknown woman is able to guide Jerry and Rachel away from the Federal Authorities, who are in hot pursuit of the two. Eluding the authorities, Jerry and Rachel are set about on an unknown mission, which takes them from Chicago to Washington D.C., where their final objective is revealed. As I stated above, EAGLE EYE requires a huge suspension of disbelief, but fortunately, the film moves rapidly from action sequence to action sequence, so one isn’t given too much time to think about the gaping holes in logic... that is, until the film is over. The cast of EAGLE EYE also features Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis, Anthony Mackie, Ethan Embry, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Azizi, Cameron Boyce, Lynn Cohen, Bill Smitrovich, Charles Carroll, William Sadler and an uncredited Julianne Moore.

Dreamworks Home Entertainment has made EAGLE EYE available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. The 1080p presentation is a solid performer throughout, beautifully rendering the film’s intended look without problems. Image sharpness, clarity and dimensionality are truly excellent. Fine details in the texture of fabrics and other objects, not to mention the lines and imperfections in the actors’ skin and even individual hairs are clearly visible. The color scheme favors a desaturated palette, with a slight skewing of some of the hues; however, the flesh tones come across in a realistic fashion. Blacks are accurate and the whites are crisp. The image can be a little overly contrasted in places, but it is usually quite smooth. The elements from which EAGLE EYE has been mastered are pretty much without flaws. There is a light veneer of grain within the image, which maintains the organic quality of the presentation.

EAGLE EYE is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. No surprises here, this is your typically dizzying, aggressively mixed action movie sound design. All the outlying channels are well utilized for sound effects placement, which whip, pan and ricochet all over the sound field. Fidelity is quite excellent; both the music and effects sound terrific. The bass channel is deep, percussive and provides all the necessary rumble. Dialogue is always crystal clear and easy to understand. French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some nice extras. The main supplement is Asymmetrical Warfare: The Making Of Eagle Eye, which provides a twenty-five minute look behind-the-scenes. Shorter Featurettes include Eagle Eye On Location: Washington, D.C. (six minutes), Is My Cell Phone Spying On Me? (nine minutes), Shall We Play A Game? (nine minutes) and Road Trip (three minutes). Deleted Scenes, a Gag Reel, a Photo Gallery, a Theatrical Trailer and Bonus Trailers close out the extras.

As I stated above, EAGLE EYE requires more than a little suspension of disbelief, but delivers a whole lot of action movie entertainment. The Blu-ray presentation is excellent on both the visual and sonic fronts. If you love action movies, EAGLE EYE is definitely recommended on Blu-ray.



Eagle Eye [Blu-ray] (2008)


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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