Reviewed bySimon_Says_MoviesVote: 7/10/10
The infinite monkey theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at randomon a typewriter for an infinite amount of time will eventually producethe works of Shakespeare. Coincidently, this same theory applies to theonslaught of Asian horror remakes that is stomping Hollywood intosubmission. If enough of these films are remade, then eventually onewill be acceptable, and alas it has happened.
The Eye, starring Jessica Alba is directed by two relative first timersby the names of David Moreau and Xavier Palud, and they can certainlycreate a film that boasts certain elements of stylish direction.Unfortunately, along with the good, it seems that all of this style ofremake fear deviation from a backbone template. Not to give anythingaway to those who are not familiar with Asian horror remakes, but oneelement that is consistent is that the basis of all the evil happeningsis from a spirit looking for salvation of some sort. While The Eye,does choose to spin this cliché slightly, it is afraid to go all theway.
Suffering from total blindness after a childhood accident, young beautySydney Wells (Alba) is given a chance at an eye transplant that willallow her to see for the first time in decades. Not surprisingly, shebegins to see things that ought not to be. Aided by an appointedshrink, played by Alessandro Nivola, they confront the visions and tryto track the donor eyes back to their sinister source. This journey isbounds more intelligent then the average horror story, and the standardfor dumb decisions is cleverly hidden by the fact that Sydney is fullyor partially blind for most of the film. This presents a cushion offorgives per se, as her lack of sight can lead her into frighteningsituations, without appearing ignorant.
And there are certainly some frightening "boo" moments; uniquelyaccentuated by a well used pallet of sound. There are also exactlythree expertly executed scenes, worthy of recognition. The first is ascene in which a blurry eyed Sydney looks into the mirror for the firsttime with creepy consequences; the second features a member of theun-dead accompanying her in an elevator and the third takes the form ofan intervention between a mother who has recently lost her son. If TheEye had presented more scenes of this Claiborne, it certainly couldhave been something special. Instead, the ending descends into themediocrity, which at first seemed more then acceptable, but took offinto a sixth sense meets final destination action spin off; whichalthough still thrilling, did not fit the tone and atmosphere of theformer acts. The "blurry vision" that is used early on with some skill,is overused by the end, the flashbacks replace the more effective quickcutbacks and it simply does not hold onto its success.
This is however Alba's best performance, and although not saying much,this shows there is hope for her future acting career. While more filmslike The Eye would be welcome, I think it better to forfeit the Asianremakes all together, then to wait for the monkey's second draft.
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Reviewed byMax MillionVote: 7/10
In this era of stem cell research, where genetic re-programming results in human heart cells beating in a Petrie dish, perhaps The Eye's premise of cellular memory is not so far-fetched. Blinded during a childhood accident, gorgeous and gifted first violinist Sydney Wells (Jessica Alba) undergoes a corneal transplant. Previously confident in the dark, sweet Sydney's secure world becomes terrifying when she finds she can see not only dead people, but the prophetic visions of the former owner of her newly restored vision. Everyone around her thinks she's going mad, from her unsympathetic maestro to her concerned sister Helen (played poorly by an underused and under directed Parker Posey) to her conflicted doctor in an underwritten and choppy character arc. (Is Alessandro Nivola playing an eye doctor or a psychoanalyst? Is he a staunch professional or driven by love to cross the line?) Sydney feels compelled to decipher her visions, sensing that if she does, the troubled spirit of the original donor may finally find peace. Directorial flaws aside, The Eye's strengths lie in its superb visuals, effective scares and, above all, the impressive and convincing performance of its leading lady. Appearing in virtually every scene, Alba has you blinking tears when her eyes sting and second-guessing your own eyes when you see what she sees. A remake of the Pang Brothers 2002 Hong Kong hit Gin gwai, The Eye is actually a Hollywood rip-off, traversing the familiar territory of recent thriller Blink, 1978's Eyes of Laura Mars and even Roger Corman's 1963 horror pic X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes. The Eye has satisfying echoes of J horror plus ghost stories such as The Sixth Sense and The Others.
Reviewed byDan Franzen (dfranzen70)Vote: 7/10
The Eye (2008) I knew going into the theater that this would be a bit scary. OK, maybe traumatizing. I had a LASIK procedure done a couple of years ago, and although I wasn't blind beforehand, I did have pretty bad eyesight. I know a bit about the trepidation - perhaps even outright terror - one feels before undergoing an operation on one's eyeballs. I still get a little skeeved when I see a closeup of eyes, come to think of it. Jessica Alba plays Sydney, a blind concert violinist who has a double corneal transplant, and of course things go wrong. Not with the surgery itself, but with the psychological aftermath - she sees dead people. And dead things. And undead. And so on; it looks like she's tapped into a spiritual world, or something. No one else can see what she's seeing, which is par for the course in movieland, but all of the demons and smoke and fire and other sfx seem extremely, utterly, real to Sydney. Alba is excellent, showing that she has more than just two (or three) talents to show the world. Her Sydney is appealing in her vulnerability; Alba, a beautiful young woman, manages to make you feel as if her character could, indeed, live in your world: less glitzy starlet, more three-dimensional person. Of course, she's still a knockout, and she IS a supremely talented musician, and she DOES live in a super-posh apartment in a high rise, but still. Alba shows wonderful range, from tender to fragile, without giving up any sincerity. The movie hinges on her ability to sell the audience on her character's Everywoman (to a point) status, and I think she delivers. Some of you may be thinking you've already seen this movie before, when it was called Blink. In Blink, Madeline Stowe played a young woman who lost her sight as a child (as did Sydney) and then grew up to be a talented violinist; after a new eye operation temporarily restores some sight, she sees things. Just like Sydney. Huh. Still, this isn't a redo of Blink, it's a remake of a Chinese film called Gin gwai. Asian films have made the rounds of Hollywood in recent years (The Ring, The Grudge, Dark Water), and although the remakes usually don't have the subversive bite of their original counterparts, some of them hold up rather well when inundated with high-tech CGI. The Eye does use special effects, but it uses them - pardon me - to great effect; you're not overwhelmed with attention-grabbing CGI. The biggest debit in the movie is the love interest, Sydney's doctor, Paul (Alessandro Nivola), who seems dull and unimportant, although his believing in and trusting Sydney is a linchpin for moving the plot. He just seems vacant and stiff, hardly a commendation of Nivola's acting abilities. (Think of a younger Dylan McDermott.) On the other hand, a good counterbalance to Nivola is Parker Posey as Sydney's concerned sister, who, although she doesn't immediately buy into Sydney's rantings, does empathize and attempt to understand a bit better than the hunky doctor. Overall, The Eye is a tense, shudder-filled movie that manages to dress up a recycled plot with dead-on performances and evocative cinematography.
The violinist Sydney Wells has been blind since she was five years old due to an accident. She submits to a surgery of cornea transplantation to recover her vision, and while recovering from the operation, she realizes that she's having strange visions. With the support of Dr. Paul Faulkner, Sidney finds who the donor of her eyes and begins a journey to find out the truth behind her visions.