The Eye 2 (2004)

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Connections: The Eye

Pregnant Joey teeters on the brink of madness after several fruitless suicide attempts. She's the unwilling recipient of an influx of shadowy images that haunt her pervasively. In an attempt to quell this disturbing phenomenon, she looks up with her secretive ex-lover Sam, who may be able to shed some light upon the mysterious twilight world descending upon Joey. --IMDb
Thanarat Poonnarattanakul
Thanarat Poonnarattanakul
Shu Qi
Shu Qi
Nuhtiya Puppatokasub
Nuhtiya Puppatokasub
Phatanasri Posayanonth
Phatanasri Posayanonth
Yongyut Jamsai
Yongyut Jamsai
Review by Chad
Added: August 21, 2005
In this sequel (by name only) to 2002's The Eye, we find Joey Cheng (Qi Shu) reaching the end of her relationship with Sam (Jesdaporn Pholdee). It turns out that Sam has been ignoring Joey for unknown reasons, which has obviously upset Joey... so much, in fact, that she threatens suicide. It starts out as more of a cry for help than a legit attempt to end her life, as she tells the desk-clerk to come to her room and wake her up at 8:00. With that set, she writes a note asking whomever finds her to take her to the hospital, swallows a bunch of sleeping pills, and lies down in the bed. Things get serious, however, when she calls Sam while waiting for the pills to kick in... he cuts her off and hangs up on her for, again, unknown reasons. This pushes Joey over the edge, so she swallows the remaining pills in an attempt to finish off her life. Well, the 8:00 wake-up call rolls around, she's taken to the hospital, and she survives her suicide attempt. However, this suicide attempt has given her the new-found ability to see ghosts. As if that wasn't bad enough, she finds out that she is pregnant by Sam, and this leads to even more supernatural fun as it seems that one of the ghosts is particularly interested in Joey's unborn child.

As I mentioned, this is a sequel in name only. It's by the same guys who made the original Eye, and it also features a leading lady who can see ghosts... but beyond that, it bares no similarity to the first movie. The reasoning behind the ghostly visions has changed, the desires of the undead have changed, and it's an all new set of characters in this movie. I would normally gripe about this, but it works out nicely here; instead of seeing a basic rehash of the previous movie with a few new scenes, we're treated to an all-new supernatural thriller from those very talented Pang brothers.

This change of tone especially helps the storyline aspect of the movie. Instead of being a better-version of "The Sixth Sense" and the flood of other movies that followed that, we're treated to a pretty original storyline which flows nicely as the movie rolls along. It does get a bit bizarre when we find out the true motivations of the ghost, but it all works out nicely when you find out the final bit of background information on her. I want to point out so many things about this movie, but it's quite hard to do without spoiling things for those who haven't seen it... and based on the "Pang who?" responses I get from so many people, it seems safe to say that a lot of people probably haven't seen this. Therefore, I will refrain from spoiling things... but I will say that it takes some spiritual / religious ideas regarding death and completely turns them around into some very compelling cinema.

The Pang brothers are good at storytelling, but they're best at the art of subtle horror. Sure, there's a few "BOO!" scares sprinkled throughout the movie, but the most terrifying scenes of the film are those that have that signature Pang touch. For the uninitiated, these scenes rely heavily on color tones, sounds, and the incredibly good atmosphere that they manage to build prior to the actual scare. I particularly enjoyed the way that these kids knew what the horror fans would be expecting and completely used that against them. For example, there will be a small detail in the background that the casual movie-goer would probably overlook, but the horror fan will see and think "Oh, that's going to be used in the next scare." In most movies, that horror fan would be correct... but here, while you're watching that detail and waiting for the scare, they hit you from the direct opposite side and completely shock you. It's blatantly obvious that these Pang brothers are fans of the genre and know how to get a reaction from both the casual audience and the hardcore horror fans.

Overall, I really enjoyed this film. I felt that it was on par with the original; it was better in some aspects and worse in others, but as an overall product, I enjoyed it about the same. Fans of the original should check this one out, and so should fans of the supernatural and / or genuinely creepy horror. 8/10.
Christopher #1: Christopher - added 11/26/2006, 12:46 PM
Perhaps I've just seen too many foreign ghost films, but they all seem to have the same guy writing the story. Some broad can see dead folks. She freaks out, screams, cries, then tries to find out what's going on. Now here's some people floating around. Happy ending? Nope, dead folks still there. This film was no exception. Given I didn't dislike the film, but I didn't find anything spectacular about it. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if it showed more ghosts than it did pregnancies/babies.
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