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This is the kind of film that makes me want to stop critiquing films.
Based on the superior Japanese original, "The Eye" is about a young woman (Jessica Alba) who receives an eye transplant, which then allows her to see into the world of the supernatural. So, the first half of the film is finding out who this young woman is, what she does (she's a violinist) and how she will be healed. The second half is all about her frightening visions and the journey to discover whose eyes she has been given. Sound captivating? If so, you need to be strapped to a table and tortured for hours and hours with a soldering iron.
When I tell you "The Eye" is one of the most worthless films in recent memory, please know that is the absolute understatement of the year. I thought "One Missed Call" was bad. And what makes this worse is that there is some strong talent in this film, actors like Parker Posey and Alessandro Nivola. But, they are given nothing with which to work. Parker Posey is out of her genre element here, and Alessandro Nivola (though gorgeous) seems like he's rather be anywhere than this picture, and that includes another "Jurassic Park" sequel.
The most frightening thing about the film is Jessica Alba. She has got to be one of the worst actresses to ever land a lead in a big budget motion picture, and she keeps on getting cast, over and over again, despite her films making less money than an "Operation Dumbo Drop" midnight screening. She has no range, no charisma and the only thing that keeps people interested are the two 'eyes' on her chest. People keep casting her in these roles that are way too old for her and way too mature for someone of her caliber to handle. Remember that horrible little remake from a few years ago called "Dark Water"? It starred Jennifer Connelly. "The Eye" would have worked so much better with Jennifer Connelly in the lead. At least Connelly would have made it believable.
This will easily go down as one of the worst films of 2008, and is easily one of the worst remakes of a Japanese film ever brought to the silver screen. I know I joked earlier about "The Eye" being worse than "One Missed Call". All right -- it wasn't that bad. But, it was close. So, if you enjoy ninety minutes or more of Jessica Alba with that same damned vacant expression as always, then "The Eye" is right up your alley. If you have even the slightest amount of respect for the horror genre, you will stay the hell away from this catastrophe. It might sound like I am being too harsh. In that case, watch the film. See for yourself. Someone gouge my 'eyes' out.
- added 05/29/2008, 10:52 PM
I know that you're
thrilled to see me here... but I just had to let
you know that the original film was of Thai
origin, not Japanese.
It was the
clever brainchild of the Pang brothers, the twins
Danny and Oxide (yup.. that's the bloke's real
The original production was
filmed in both Singapore and Hong Kong, but was
mostly produced by a Thai crew including esteemed
cinematographer Decha Seementa.
must have simply seen a Japanese disc issue of the
film and mistook it for a Japanese production.
No biggie, of course... but you are such a
stickler for detail in your reviews, I just
figured that you'd like to be completely
Great review, by the way...
I share your sentiments exactly on the remake!
- added 05/29/2008, 11:32 PM
Hmmm... I just discovered that the Pangs were
born in Hong Kong... does that make the film
technically a Hong Kong piece even though the
Pang's call Thailand home and the production crew
and cinematographer were Thai as well?
I dunno... still, the original wasn't even
produced in Japan, so my prior post still holds
- added 05/30/2008, 10:14 AM
Actually, you're just as wrong as I am. Hong
Kong. Not Japan or Thailand.
- added 05/30/2008, 01:10 PM
And I think what makes this more a Hong Kong film
is that most of it was filmed in Hong Kong. Also,
the filmmakers were born in Hong Kong, the writers
born in Hong Kong and a large majority of the cast
born in Hong Kong.
- added 05/30/2008, 03:03 PM
As usual... did you even really read my prior
I stated quite clearly
that the Pangs were born in Hong Kong and wondered
if that made the film technically a Hong Kong
production... this implies that the film could
also be considered a Hong Kong film, even though
the Director's consider themselves part of the
Thai film industry.
If I was adamant about
my claim that it was strictly a Thai film... why
on Earth would I have added that second post?
Only one of us made a mistake, sir... and
that was you.
- added 05/30/2008, 04:43 PM
Jesus Christ. Here we go again. You need to get
whatever bug is up your ass and squash it. You
take offense to a bird flying to close to your
car. I never stated I didn't make a mistake.
Grow up, man -- Jesus Christ. It's not always
about 'who beat who'.
- added 05/30/2008, 04:48 PM
You big stupidhead.
- added 05/31/2008, 12:29 AM
Hah... as usual, instead of simply owning up to
your screw-up, you try and lash out at the guy who
set you straight!
What a goddamned
cry-baby you are, man... you're a reviewer and you
got caught with your pants down... quit trying to
make me the villain for pointing out your mistake
and man-up, for Pete's sake!
all... you should thank me for trying to keep you
from embarrassing yourself with faulty info in
your review... doodyface;)
fucking bird gave me the stink-eye, for your
- added 05/31/2008, 12:35 AM
I'm the last person in the world to defend
Meanie, but when he said "we're both
wrong" I don't think he was being malicious
at all. In fact, he seemed rather good natured
about the whole thing, and was merely shrugging it
off. You seem to be the only one making a big deal
out of absolutely nothing.
- added 05/31/2008, 02:35 PM
I'm only pointing out that I quite clearly said
that the film could either be considered a Thai or
Hong Kong production... not a Japanese one as
Meanie indicated incorrectly in his review.
My only beef with him is that instead of
simply admitting the mistake, he had to try and
make me wrong as well... which, in this instance,
is completely unfounded.
making a big deal out of it really, Fecal... just
being helpful in my first and second post. He's
the one that had to start with the insults... as
I'll admit that I like to play along
when he gets all pissy... and for that I'm
certainly guilty. Still, we usually degenerate to
silly insults and defuse the situation naturally.
I'm not trying to bash the guy... just have a bit
i DO appreciate your comments
on this though, sir... and I'll try to broach this
sort of thing differently with him next time.
- added 05/31/2008, 03:23 PM
To quote Peter Sarsgaard from one of my favorite
films, "Shattered Glass":
- added 05/31/2008, 11:43 PM
To quote Seth Green from a popular 90's comedy,
"Austin Powers:The Spy Who Shagged
PS: I liked "Shattered Glass"
too... great flick;)
- added 06/01/2008, 02:41 AM
LOL...to quote the father from "The
yearling out back...and shoot it..."
- added 06/01/2008, 01:39 PM
To quote Steve Buscemi
keep it still back there, lady... or we're going
to have to... you know... shoot you."
- added 06/05/2008, 01:25 PM
The original was filmed entirely in Thai. I've
seen the original and it kicks ass compared to
- added 06/05/2008, 04:51 PM
Sorry, but you are incorrect. The film was shot
in both Thailand and in Hong Kong. This is not
speculation, but fact.
- added 06/05/2008, 04:52 PM
I do not know the extent to which Hong Kong was
used...maybe briefly...or maybe in scenes that
didn't make the cut. However it was used, there
were scenes shot in Hong Kong.
- added 06/29/2008, 01:55 AM
Definitely not a 0/10, but it's certainly not
much better. I'll second your 'avoid'
- added 07/13/2008, 11:40 PM
Wow, ok that was a pretty long post argument.
Anyway, I agree with pretty much anyone who has
seen this remake that it is god awful. I laughed
at the supposed "scares" because they
were so textbook. 2/10.
- added 08/18/2008, 08:02 PM
Yup... the remake is positively awful.
truly can't understand how the producers of this
film actually sat through it and thought that it
was a box office winner...
It says a