Watch Eagle Eye

I’m married to a sci-fi fanatic. We have more sci-fi movies that I ever knew existed and while I don’t mind having them around, I don’t always appreciate the efforts Shawn goes through to get me to watch them.

Admittedly there are quite a few out there that I do enjoy with enthusiasm but that is not always the case. So, when Shawn insisted I watch Eagle Eye, I tried to watch it. For some reason I just couldn’t get into it. When Shawn mentioned the movie to me several times, I knew it was important to him that I watch it. I made a couple more attempts and tonight I finally managed to make it all the way through.

Starring Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monoghan, Eagle Eye is part thriller, part sci-fi and part adventure. The story feels a little disjointed in the beginning. It’s hard to follow and leaves you wondering what is going on. About half an hour into the movie the plot thickens, mysteries start to reveal themselves. Surprisingly, I found myself riveted to the show, hanging on every word at one point.

Robert Horton writing for Amazon says:

The "cell phone thriller" is becoming a genre unto itself, and Eagle Eye should be considered a key example of the form. Frankly preposterous but compulsively watch able, this movie puts Shia LaBeouf in a mess of trouble instigated by a mysterious telephone voice. If he doesn’t follow orders, dire things will happen–although when he does follow orders, the consequences are pretty dire, anyway. Also being blackmailed is a single mom (Michelle Monaghan) receiving similar phone calls…

The movie is rated PG-13, which in my opinion is about right. My son watched part of it with me, though the violence wasn’t graphic, a lot of cars blew up and many people died in car accidents, the wrecks were shown but the people we not.

The mother (Rachel) quickly gains our sympathy and our support through her love and concern for her young son. The young gentleman (Jerry) takes a little while to warm up to. He plays a sort of lovable loser who just can’t seem to settle down, preferring instead to drift around from place to place.

If you are a computer enthusiast and enjoy your cell phone, this is a movie that will give you something to think about for a long time. You’ll never look at either quite the same again. I know I won’t.