My Little Eye (2002)

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Genres / Traits: Psychological Thriller, Thriller, Reality Television
Five people are offered one million dollars to spend six months together in an isolated mansion, with cameras watching their every move. --IMDb
Marc Evans Marc Evans
Sean Cw Johnson Sean Cw Johnson
Kris Lemche Kris Lemche
Stephen O'Reilly Stephen O'Reilly
Laura Regan Laura Regan
Jennifer Sky Jennifer Sky

5.5 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Chad
Added: June 14, 2004
Five people are participating in an internet-based reality show, where they all have to stay in a house for six months in order to win a million dollars. If one person leaves before the six months is up, nobody gets a dime. The movie starts out with the introductions of the characters through their 'application' videos, then we jump to just a few days before the six months are up. One of the characters receives a letter about someone in his family dying, another receives some shocking threats, perhaps from her past, and more things of that nature happen. Some members of the team think that they're being stalked by viewers of the show, while others think that the company in charge is just trying to make the show more interesting. Is it either of these, a little of both, or something else altogether?

Hands down, one of the best films I've seen in quite some time. Throughout the film, it's made to look like an internet-based show would look; shown through various webcams, speech sounds as though it's being played through computer speakers, etc... that would be a given, considering the theme of the movie, but it worked out a lot better than I expected. It didn't end up being annoying or over-used, it just added more to the feel of the movie. Also adding to the mood-setting of the film is the fact that with the exception of one scene which uses a song by Peaches, there is no soundtrack whatsoever; no songs played in the background, no musical score, nothing except speech. That may sound like quite the minor thing, but it was something that seemed to work out very nicely.

The storyline was another thing that worked out extremely well. Again, I had my doubts going into this, as previous internet-themed movies have been less than stellar in quality; however, the plot never sunk down into lameville, nor did it get too silly with the plot twists. It did start a little slow with the character introductions and all, but all of the slowness was quickly axed out in favor of some nice plot developments. Speaking of plot twists, there were quite a few here. Just when you think the ending has been revealed and things are wrapping up, yet another twist pops up out of nowhere to fuck with your head just that much more. I usually consider myself quite good at seeing where a movie is going and how it will end, but with the exception of one twist, I didn't see any of that coming... definitely a good thing.

The only thing that could potentially put somebody off to this movie is the way things progress. There's not a whole lot of action, kills or gore; I'd say about ninety percent of the movie is moved along by dialogue and mood-setting through the scenes. I won't give a body count as that would probably spoil things up for those of you interested in checking this out, but it was indeed quite low. However, if you don't need a kill in every other scene, you'd probably really enjoy this one, as I did. 10/10.
ScarsRstarS #1: ScarsRstarS - added 01/10/2006, 07:45 AM
Didnt Like this film. The story line was good but it was badly produced.
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