Eagle Eye

Release Date: September 26, 2008

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She seems to go through this with all the guys she meets.

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17/21 Jason Lee Well-directed thriller weighed down by an implausible 2nd half.
35/43 Kim Hollis It has some cool bits, but is mostly stupid.
66/98 David Mumpower Why would the world's smartest computer locate its most important tech directly above a pool of destructive fluid? Stuff like this is what drives me nuts about the movies.
139/196 Max Braden No damage to LeBeouf's career here, but the plot is just lousy. Chiklis is miscast.

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Fresh of off his compelling, commanding, witty, receiving-the-passing-of-the-torch performance in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (important note: performance not actually any of those things), Shia LaBeouf re-teams with D.J. Caruso, his Disturbia director, for another thriller. In Eagle Eye, LaBeouf is a young man who, after the death of his twin brother, is framed as a terrorist and, with a similarly framed attractive single mother (Michelle Monaghan), forced to help with a political assassination.

LaBeouf naturally spends the movie both attempting to clear his name and, of course, not assassinate someone. BOP is willing to bet that the pairing of a young man and an attractive single mother in a situation that will cause them duress may be a subtle way for the audience to witness the blossoming of their first feelings of love toward one another.

Since this film is based on an original idea by Steven Spielberg (who also produced), you should assume that the film will involve father issues, end ambiguously and possibly totally unsatisfactorily. The supporting cast includes Rosario Dawson, Billy Bob Thornton, Ethan Embry and Michael Chiklis as the Secretary of Defense.

During the filming of Eagle Eye, LaBeouf was arrested at a downtown Chicago Walgreens for refusing to leave while highly intoxicated. Viewers of Eagle Eye should keep a lookout for any scenes in which LaBeouf appears to be hungover yet wearing freshly purchased deodorant. (Les Winan/BOP)

Vital statistics for Eagle Eye
Main Cast Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson
Supporting Cast Billy Bob Thornton, Michael Chiklis, Anthony Azizi, Anthony Mackie, Lynn Cohen
Director D.J. Caruso
Screenwriter Hillary Seitz
Distributor DreamWorks Pictures
Screen Count 3,510
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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