Eagle Eye (12A)

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Oct 14 2008

Deep down, this techno-paranoia thriller wants to engage young minds with the notion that the all-seeing surveillance practised by our governments in the name of security is something that should concern us. All of which might be a worthwhile undertaking, if the movie itself were credible for more than a microsecond. Jerry (Shia LaBeouf) is just your ordinary Chicago slacker until his bank account mysteriously balloons, he gets home to a flat unexpectedly packed with bomb-making equipment and The Voice calling his mobile tells him he’s only got seconds before the Feds arrive to arrest him.

The Voice knows its stuff, and seemingly has traffic lights, the Chicago transport network, dockside cranes and every cellphone in America in its power. Hard-pressed single mum Rachel (Michelle Monaghan) is in a similar predicament, and soon this thrown-together duo are being ushered across America, for reasons that become clearer – but never make any sense.

‘No questions!’ repeats The Voice, and it’s good advice in the circumstances, as we wonder whether to laugh or cry at this cavalcade of contrivance. Distraction is provided by sundry car chases and explosions which would doubtless leave hundreds dead in the real world, yet here it’s izzy-wizzy pixel-land where nothing matters except the instant rush of faked urgency. Hollywood superficiality at its most mindless? You bet. But there’s also a puppy-dog doesn’t-know-any-better enthusiasm to this pacy fluff which means you can’t get that worked up at it. And FBI agent Billy Bob Thornton is worth the odd smile.
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Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri Oct 17, 2008

Duration:

117 mins

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Gort

If they can make crappy techno-thrillers based on Tom Clancy's novels then why couldn't they base techno-thrillers on conscience? I find this movie more true than any of the Clancy shit and nobody speaks when Clancy puts all those preposterous lies.

Gort

If they can make crappy techno-thrillers based on Tom Clancy's novels then why couldn't they base techno-thrillers on conscience? I find this movie more true than any of the Clancy shit and nobody speaks when Clancy puts all those preposterous lies.

David

Trash. Trash, Trash, Anyone who liked this is short od several brain cells. Though yes - the trailer looked good. Film is mind-numbingly bad,

Madison

This film is much more engaging than this reviewer would have you belileve. Ok - maybe not on an intellectual level but its slick, the car chase/explosion effects are satisfyingly big, expensive looking. The script has more than a few funny lines and Shia is as likeable as ever and he's great at these heroic action roles. watch out Will Smith! With a feel good ending slapped on the end, it does what it says on the packet. FUN

sharon

Saw this film last night and thought it was great. Shia LaBeouf played his part really well. Action packed would watch again.

sharon

Saw this film last night and thought it was great. Shia LaBeouf played his part really well. Action packed would watch again.

Martin

It seems to me that if a film is panned by Timeout then it's probably well worth seeing and this particular film is no exception. I went to see this purley brcausde it had a bad revierw and guess what? It's fantastic and acdefinite "must see". Spend your money, go see, and be entertained. Never a dull moment in this flick!

Martin

It seems to me that if a film is panned by Timeout then it's probably well worth seeing and this particular film is no exception. I went to see this purley brcausde it had a bad revierw and guess what? It's fantastic and acdefinite "must see". Spend your money, go see, and be entertained. Never a dull moment in this flick!

bilz

this is a wikid film to watch guys. yep, i dont regret goin to watch it

bilz

this is a wikid film to watch guys. yep, i dont regret goin to watch it

rob

it's a film, what do you expect. for me, to get away form everything and not take everything serious and believeable. so sit back and enjoy, like i did.

Wruce Billis

Amount of times action movies get poor such a poor review is really annoying. I’m glad the public see differently. I haven't seen it yet BUT I know what to expect.... it an ACTION movie... what do you expect?!! I want a bit of violence, a bit of hot tottie, a bit of a decent storyline and more importantly LOTS of action! I’m going later on tonight to see it :)

Wruce Billis

Amount of times action movies get poor such a poor review is really annoying. I’m glad the public see differently. I haven't seen it yet BUT I know what to expect.... it an ACTION movie... what do you expect?!! I want a bit of violence, a bit of hot tottie, a bit of a decent storyline and more importantly LOTS of action! I’m going later on tonight to see it :)

Craig S

Really bad film sooo disapointing as the trailer looks awesome! It was totally unoriginal, and just pants, dont waste your money guys, there are much better films out than Eagle Eye

ash

who ever rated this film less than a 6 is an idiot!!! this is one of the best films of the year and none of you have taste shia is god!!

ash

who ever rated this film less than a 6 is an idiot!!! this is one of the best films of the year and none of you have taste shia is god!!

Arnold

x-goth-luv-x has awarded 6 stars to a film she ain`t seen. I seen it and it`s crap.

x-goth-luv-x

OMG ! i haven't seen it yet but it's wierd coz if i only read timeout's review i wouldnt c it and if i only saw peoples reviwes i would. That's the rubbish thing about timeout it gives really bad revciwes to everything!!! The people are the one's who pay to c it for entertainment rather then a job so at least give it a good review for pity's sake!!!!!!!! GO AND SEE IT EVERYONE SAYS IT'S FAB AND IGNORE BAD REVIEWS!!!!!!! my friends all say it wasthe best film they'd seen this YEAR!!!!!!!!

x-goth-luv-x

OMG ! i haven't seen it yet but it's wierd coz if i only read timeout's review i wouldnt c it and if i only saw peoples reviwes i would. That's the rubbish thing about timeout it gives really bad revciwes to everything!!! The people are the one's who pay to c it for entertainment rather then a job so at least give it a good review for pity's sake!!!!!!!! GO AND SEE IT EVERYONE SAYS IT'S FAB AND IGNORE BAD REVIEWS!!!!!!! my friends all say it wasthe best film they'd seen this YEAR!!!!!!!!

simon c 123

I saw the film on a whim whilst waiting to catch the Eurostar train back from Brussels to London. I was so glad I did. I too think it was awesome. Yes the critics on this occasion seem to have got it mostly wrong. It is the sort of film, whilst being a mostly action, car chase blow it up shoot em up type of flick, does pose the question 'how much we are all being watched, how much of the time and by whom'. Come on, its an action flick, but you will find yourself talking about it to your pals. Whether its on a hoity toity film buff way or a questioning the big brother theory is down to you. Go see it, make up your own mind, then like me, be bothered to leave your own review. I liked it and would give it a 8 / 10. good luck , enjoy.

simon c 123

I saw the film on a whim whilst waiting to catch the Eurostar train back from Brussels to London. I was so glad I did. I too think it was awesome. Yes the critics on this occasion seem to have got it mostly wrong. It is the sort of film, whilst being a mostly action, car chase blow it up shoot em up type of flick, does pose the question 'how much we are all being watched, how much of the time and by whom'. Come on, its an action flick, but you will find yourself talking about it to your pals. Whether its on a hoity toity film buff way or a questioning the big brother theory is down to you. Go see it, make up your own mind, then like me, be bothered to leave your own review. I liked it and would give it a 8 / 10. good luck , enjoy.

Andy

One of the most pointless and wrong reviews ever written, you are living a lie timeout. Incredible film, slightly ambitious plot, but nevertheless a pursuit of ecological validity. Awesome. See it before you judge!

Andy

One of the most pointless and wrong reviews ever written, you are living a lie timeout. Incredible film, slightly ambitious plot, but nevertheless a pursuit of ecological validity. Awesome. See it before you judge!

storm7263

Just seen this one and it was awesome. So glad I didn't take any notice of the time out review. It was very fast paced, edge of your seat stuff. Thoroughly enjoyed it. The two main characters were very convincing. Billy Bob Thornton was surprisingly good too. A definite must see film.

storm7263

Just seen this one and it was awesome. So glad I didn't take any notice of the time out review. It was very fast paced, edge of your seat stuff. Thoroughly enjoyed it. The two main characters were very convincing. Billy Bob Thornton was surprisingly good too. A definite must see film.

critique

Opens interestingly but soon develops into a standard tech-based action thriller. Well made overall but, as with Taken, the soppy ending really grates.

mary

Do go and see this one. It has you on the edge of your seat- all action. But I think it might have been shortened

usman khawaja

neil -i totally agree with you it surprised me too -sorry i forgot to rate it -it rocks and it is so challenging of the bush administration -really tongue in cheek too -bravo

usman khawaja

neil -i totally agree with you it surprised me too -sorry i forgot to rate it -it rocks and it is so challenging of the bush administration -really tongue in cheek too -bravo

Neil

This film is truly awesome. Sorry critics, but you are wrong. It does tell you why all the random violence is happening, and how The Voice has access to all the phones. I admit that you have to be looking out for it, and it can be a bit subtle, but it is there. Also the pacing is truly great; after a fairly epic car chase, the main character lies stunned on the floor. And then his phone rings, and you know it is not over. I think this film was improved for me because I didn't know what to expect. I was going to see a film with friends, and the only info on the film I had got was "its about an assassin", which turned out to be wrong, and because I didn't know what to expect, it made me feel really clever when I worked out what was going on.

Neil

This film is truly awesome. Sorry critics, but you are wrong. It does tell you why all the random violence is happening, and how The Voice has access to all the phones. I admit that you have to be looking out for it, and it can be a bit subtle, but it is there. Also the pacing is truly great; after a fairly epic car chase, the main character lies stunned on the floor. And then his phone rings, and you know it is not over. I think this film was improved for me because I didn't know what to expect. I was going to see a film with friends, and the only info on the film I had got was "its about an assassin", which turned out to be wrong, and because I didn't know what to expect, it made me feel really clever when I worked out what was going on.

Liezl

This is a fantastic film for any movie lover, highly recommended. A nail biting experience from the start to finish. I experienced it in IMAX and this was also truly amazing! Go and see it!

Liezl

This is a fantastic film for any movie lover, highly recommended. A nail biting experience from the start to finish. I experienced it in IMAX and this was also truly amazing! Go and see it!