Today we are technology happy. We have pagers, cell phones, Blackberrys, laptops or desk tops with email, ATMs, GPS, power grids, traffic lights, home security units, strips on our credit cards and many more connections to each other. What if someone discovered the means to access and use all that technology against you? That’s the premise of Eagle Eye created by Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks
The edge of your seat intense film with non stop action centers around Jerry Shaw ( Shia LaBeouf) and Rachel Holloman ( Michelle Monaghan) who are thrown together by a mysterious voice who demands ultimate obedience. Rachel is threatened that her son, Sam ( Cameron Boyce) on his way to DC to play at Kennedy Center, will die. No one is more desperate than a mother who is protecting her child. Jerry, who never much cared about becoming anything after he was outshined by his twin, ends up having to grow up quickly.
Arrested as a terrorist because of all the cash that is suddenly in his bank account and explosives in his apartment, Jerry is confronted by FBI agent Tom Morgan (Billy Bob Thornton) . Thornton is a hard ass and seems totally the bad guy in the beginning especially since he has made Jerry and Rachel public enemy number one. Jerry has begun to worry that his twin brother, Ethan, was somehow involved. Could his brother be a terrorist?
As the pair get into problem after problem and are mysteriously rescued, it becomes clear that they will have to obey or die. Finally, they solve the mystery of the unknown woman - a computer generated voice - that has been able to open locked doors for them and change traffic lights. The plan of Operation Guillotine is being pushed forward by a computer - not unlike Hal of Space Odyssey - who has decided that the present administration has to die.
As Rachel struggles on alone, Jerry has to find the FBI folks and convince them of the plot against the President and cabinet. Morgan, who was such a jerk before, becomes his ally.
Meanwhile the military special agent Zoe ( Rosario Dawson) is sent to investigate the death of Ethan Shaw and in the process meets up with Morgan, who tries to block her at first, and then with the Secretary of Defense Callister ( Michael Chiklis) and Scott ( AnthonyMackie) as together they fight to disable the source of the power.
Romance is hinted at the end of the story but it is no where evident during the story - and it probably wouldn't have fit in since the whole story takes place is a day and a half.
Shia, who has grown up, even since Crystal Skull, and is a great actor and a new leading man. Hard to believe not too long ago he was playing a junior high kid.
The story was done by Dan McDermott, and the script by Dan, John Glenn, Travis Adam Wright and Hillary Seitz.
The characters are believable and but the action makes it go by so fast the movie is over before you know it.
The director D. J. Caruso (who worked with LaBeouf on Disturbia) is assisted by director of photography Dariusz Wolski. Tom Sanders did the production design and Jim Page edited. Costume was by Marie –Sylvia Deveau and music by Brian Tyler. Jim Rygiel was the special effects supervisor.
The film is produced by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Patrick Crowley, and executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Edward L. McDonnell and co-produced by Pete Chiarelli
Eagle Eye is rated PG-13 for its intense sequences, violence and language.
For more information go to www.eagleeyemovie.com