Eagle Eye (2008, Military Conspiracy Action Thriller) – 6/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Director: D.J. Caruso
Writer (Screenplay): John Glenn
Writer (Screenplay): Travis Wright
Writer (Screenplay): Hillary Seitz
Writer (Screenplay): Dan McDermott
Writer (Story): Dan McDermott
Producer: Alex Kurtzman
Producer: Roberto Orci
Producer: Patrick Crowley
Executive Producer: Steven Spielberg
Shia LaBeouf: Jerry Shaw
Michelle Monaghan: Rachel Holloman
Rosario Dawson: Zoe Perez
Michael Chiklis: Defense Secretary Callister
Anthony Mackie: Major William Bowman
Ethan Embry: Agent Toby Grant
Billy Bob Thornton: Agent Thomas Morgan

Eagle Eye (2008)

Ever-broke wanderer Jerry Shaw returns home after his military hero twin brother’s funeral to find $750,000 in his bank account and, rather more troublesomely, a great pile of bomb-making equipment, guns, military manuals and other assorted terrorist goodies in his apartment. A mysterious female voice calls him with instructions to avoid arrest which he disbelievingly scorns but he is contacted again when in FBI custody and given further unbelievable instructions on how to escape.

6/10

While it’s unavoidably rather unconvincing, director D.J. Caruso and his stars Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan do manage to suspend your disbelief and allow you to enjoy a plot that condemns a US President for making radical war-mongering decisions based on incomplete and unsubstantiated data. LaBeouf, in particular, cements his reputation with another effortlessly charismatic performance and demonstrates that there is no limit to his potential super-stardom. Director D.J. Caruso’s achievement shouldn’t be overlooked either. With Disturbia and this, he has delivered two films very reminiscent of Hitchcock (Rear Window and North by Northwest or any of Hitch’s ‘wrong man’ thrillers) and while they don’t have the panache, wit, depth or charm of the Master’s work, he certainly hasn’t embarrassed himself and has delivered two well-made entertaining movies. You can’t say that about many other directors.

This movie contains a sexual swear word, mild swear words and violence.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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