The Eye (15)
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Time Out says
Tue Apr 22 2008Another misjudged Hollywood re-make of a Hong Kong horror, this time from French co-directors David Moreau and Xavier Palud, makers of the overrated ‘home invasion’ shocker, ‘Them’.
Jessica Alba is beautiful but bland as Sydney Wells, a violinist who, after 20 years of blindness, is given two new corneas. But with her new eyes come floating figures, ghosts and visions, possibly connected to the donor.
Her surgeon (Alessandro Nivola) and guilt-ridden older sister, Helen (Parker Posey) think Sydney is losing her mind. Moreau and Palud’s over-stretched debut feature was a series of scary set-pieces strung together by a worthless storyline. This uninspired ‘re-invention’ of Danny and Oxide Pang’s 2002 supernatural thriller is the opposite. While paying close attention to the plotting, characterisation and emotional nuances, they not only fail to match the original’s creepy atmospherics, but also fluff nearly all of its spine-chilling set-pieces. One can’t turn a blind eye to such conspicuous failings.
Author: Nigel Floyd
Fri Oct 27, 2006
Cast and crew
So Yut-Lai, Edmund Chen, Ko Yin-Ping, Lawrence Chou, Lee Sinje, Pierre Png, Candy Lo, Rade Serbedzija, Jessica Alba, Alessandro Nivola, Parker Posey, Rachel Ticotin, Tamlyn Tomita, Fernanda Romero, Chutcha Rujinanon
Average User Rating
3.4 / 5
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tch, another crappy remake of yet another asian horror. I'm getting sick of these, as are many others. All Hollywood throw out are these badly done/completely unecessary remakes. buy out the world cinema isle in HMV and you'll have seen the next decade of hollywoods lineup before they've bloody made it. Pick the originals up for less than Â£5. quicker, cheaper and probably a lot better. I give the lowest score for their sheer lack of imagination. ffs :P
wud not go see it again lets just say that ...I thought it was going to be so much scarier :O...Kinda dissapointed
i found the first twenty minutes fascinating as we are introduced to the real world of a visually handicapped girl, who is perplexed by the diversity and confusion of a vista that is an obligatory part of our temporary existence . albas initiation into the the so -called normal mortals and manhattan were quite droll. it made me think as to how the actual experience of not being endowed with the 5 senses might enrich or even broaden your formal conciousness . the director after insinuating a very interesting perspective delved into the ghost and haunting formula and the cornea became the equivalent of the teleportal in poltergeist,i wish their was a simpler way of communicating with the dead and the formulaic fatal premonition which fascinates us mortals, without any beneficial avail -so the casual eye could actually become an eye to the inner travails ,but despite a good performance by alba ,the haunting and dead inhabitants were rather tame,miserable and familiar phenomena . its exhaustive to see supernatural warnings like dragonfly to mothman ,not to forget sixth sense which might be remade as the seventh SENSE ,AS hollywood is desperate for inventing new themes and some genius might wake up like alba one day to find the extra sense in their CGI laptop,but i did enjoy the art effects in the initial scenes ,almost like abstract expressionism of braque and kandinsky ,but then it all degenerated into a superfluous mexican road trip with chicos and exploding cop cars -what a tragedy . i hope they dont try to retransplant alba and make a re-make , that will be a disaster worst then the silly ending where the future is ultimatedy modified . one might hope some one with just common sense ,even if blind can modify tinseltowns perceptions of true psychological horror and the infinity of discovering the realm of senses,it sounds like an impossible wish , but alba looks good and acts for the first time which was a pleasant surprise and hence i gave it three stars ,otherwise it is as average as one missed call and just as easy to give a miss except if you like miss alba like i do - ALBA IS A DARLING usman khawaja -jbz7879
This film had the potential to be a fantastic horror, however some scenes were a little slow and the storyline took a while to get going, saying this there was plenty of scares and a bit of action at the end, overall an interesting horror.
I'm sorely disappointed to say that I agree with the critic's review. I can say that there were indeed some 'scary' scences that did make me jump but the storyline in general was really poor and just did not flow. By the last 20minutes it became tedious and predictable. Jessica Alba pretty as she is did not convince as a true musician. The doctor irritated me and the sister felt like a spare part. Such a shame as should of been a good horror just failed miserably.