The Eye (2008)

24 April 2008

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Sydney Wells (Jessica Alba) is an accomplished, independent, Los Angeles-based concert violinist. She is also blind, and has been so since a childhood tragedy. As our story opens, Sydney undergoes a double corneal transplant, a surgery she has waited her whole life to have, and her sight is restored. After the surgery, neural ophthalmologist Dr. Paul Faulkner (Allessandro Nivolo) helps Sydney with the difficult adjustment, and with the support of her older sister Helen (Parker Posey), Sydney learns to see again.

But Sydney's happiness is short-lived as unexplainable shadowy and frightening images start to haunt her. Are they a passing aftermath of her surgery, Sydney's mind adjusting to sight, a product of her imagination, or something horrifyingly real? As Sydney's family and friends begin to doubt her sanity, Sydney is soon convinced that her anonymous eye donor has somehow opened the door to a terrifying world only she can now see.

Based on the Hong Kong film Jian Gui. 

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"It's by no means terrible, just lacking in suspense which would've made the film more interesting and 'edge of your seat' worthy."

Based on the Hong Kong film "Jian Gui", Sydney Wells (Jessica Alba), a young, gifted, blind concert violinist, receives an eye transplant that allows her to see for the first time after a fire cracker accident when she was five. These eyes allow her to see into the supernatural world. As Sydney adjusts to a dizzying new world of colours and shapes, she is haunted by visions of death by fire and the 'shadows', she journeys to Mexico in the hopes of unraveling the mystery of her donor.

Jessica Alba, probably better known as 'Max' in 'Dark Angel' or 'Sue Storm' in Fantastic 4, shines in this interesting thriller that plays with the idea that cellular memory could be sinister. Her character is well developed and her performance makes her plight believable, as she searches to not only make sense of the visions but also the brand new fifth sense that she had forgotten.

Dr. Paul Faulkner (Alessandro Nivola), a psychologist assigned to Sydney to help her adjust to her new fifth sense, and ultimately help her make sense of what she sees, even though he is somewhat skeptical, and disbelieving at first.

The Eye, is a well thought out and put together journey into the senses, of what we perceive to be real, I did find it lacking in suspense and for a thriller that was disappointing, this film could've been more than it was, there were a few plot elements that I thought were underused but  overall I'd say it was good for time spent watching it. The characters were well developed as we have come to expect from an Americanized version of an Asian Horror film, although I didn't find it horrific in the least (I did jump on a couple of occasions) , it's by no means terrible, just lacking in suspense which would've made the film more interesting and 'edge of your seat' worthy. This film is mediocre at best.

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  • Release Date
  • 24 April 2008
  • Cast
  • Jessica Alba, Parker Posey, Alessandro Nivola, Chloe Grace Moretz
  • Director
  • David Moreau & Xavier Palud
  • Writer
  • Sebastian Gutierrez (screenplay), Jo Jo Yuet-chun Hui, Oxide Pang Chun & Danny Pang (2002 screenplay "Jian gui")
  • Company
  • Lionsgate Films
  • Genre
  • Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • Cert
  • 15
  • Runtime
  • 98 minutes
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