Eagle Eye (2008)

Quite by “accident” did I happen to rent this; I had read the brief descriptions and seen ads, but had not read anything “solid” about its premise. I was specifically looking for something new to rent and having seen the two stars in separate projects, and when the store clerk recommended this, it basically “sealed the deal.” Plus it helps that the star is one of America’s most marketable action stars.

The United States of America is dealing with what could be a potentially crippling act of terror. One of their most wanted enemies has been spotted and with a computer system giving U.S agents, military and the government enough Intel, the probable likelihood suggests they have the suspect pegged. The President orders bombs to be dropped, against the judgment of the Defense Secretary (Michael Chiklis).

Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) is a down-on-his-luck man who works at a copy shop, and thinks gambling his pay checks during breaks is productive. When he learns that his twin brother died in a military tragedy, his homecoming is one of suspicions when he finds his apartment full of unexplained packages. Jerry then receives a phone call from a mysterious woman; she only tells him the FBI will arrive and he must flee. Hours later, he is broken out of FBI holding by the caller and directed to a waiting car with another person (Michelle Monaghan) who is also in a web of deceit with the voice on the other end of the line. As Jerry and Rachel are thrust into a world of deceit, and into the path of every major law branches, the clock is ticking – and time is not on their side. 

Eagle Eye was ridiculed as being “unoriginal” and it didn’t receive the oh-so-coveted “two thumbs up” nor was it a memorable box office hit, but even so, the movie is really entertaining. It is one thrill ride that brought continuous twists and turns although we are never made certain who the “bad guys” are, it’s a relief in the end to discover only one culprit after being suspicious of several. Or that was my initial conclusion (sometimes a second viewing is of benefit in a genre like this before any judgment is passed). While this is an entertaining diversion, it also provides several instances of courage, sacrifice and patriotism: As a lead character memorializes near the end: “…many good people have lost their lives because of this.” Characters who may not have proven to be a favorite throughout the film were given a sense of respect for their sacrifices by the conclusion. Many people make attempts to stop the culprit but not all of them do so selflessly. Jerry is chosen for reasons that I will not reveal (spoilers and all – you understand *wink*), while Rachel was probably more of a random choice, although she was easily manipulated.

Acting is superb from everyone especially the then-newcomer LaBeouf. No matter what critics say, I am glad he has continued in these action-packed roles (because he kind of rocks them!) and Monaghan proves she can do a thriller as well as the girl-next-door. The supporting cast consists of Billy Bob Thornton, Rosario Dawson and Ethan Embry, and the voice talent of Julianne Moore, all of whom were equally unforgettable. Eagle Eye has all the appropriate components to make a good thriller. It has heart-pounding action sequences, great twists and even the occasional and surprising bursts of amusement just to lighten the mood, and it gets you involved in the story all before ten minutes have passed. The ending was cute also leaving the audience to decide any possible scenario knowing that the bad guy is conquered. Still questions are left looming but just enough to make you wonder what really – if anything was hidden in all the mystery.

(What to know: Rated PG13, a dozen or more uses of sh*t are present as well as at least one [possibly another] use of the f-word. The Lord’s name is taken in vain. Beware of some minor sexual dialogue. Intense action sequences include two car chases and various explosions; some characters die, and a man is shot multiple times.)


  1. When this originally came out, my interest was piqued- however, I was 12 or 13 so my parents wouldn't let me see it. xD Great review!

    1. I understand that perspective, Rosie - my parent's were very protective in what I saw. By the time this film released, we basically rented anything PG13 if it sounded interesting w/o too much research. But even now, there are standards.

      This is one of the best mysteries to date - it has flaws but is quite entertaining with all its twists and turns. :)

  2. I really, really like this movie!! The only thing I sorta had a problem with was that she looks so much older than Shia:/ haha But I liked how her name was Rachel!:)

    1. You and me both, Raquel. :)

      Funny you should mention the one thing you didn't like: My mother comments on that in films a lot but despite Michelle being ten (nine?) years older than Shia, I thought they paired well together - plus, though it never said, her character may have been older than his considering she was a single mother... who knows! :D

      Glad you like this one, too!

  3. I love him. He's too young for me but I love him just the same.

    1. Your comment made me smile, Juju. ;D

      Aside from this, I believe the only thing I've seen Shia in is the most recent "Indiana Jones" flick - ironically, I've not seen the franchise that made him a movie star. :D

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    1. Glad you like this one also, Rachel - I finally got it re-watched a month or so ago and loved it better the second time through. It's definitely one of the best thrillers. :)

  5. I actually loved this movie! I love both of the main actors and thought they did such a great idea!!
    xo TJ

    1. So do I, TJ! I finally re-watched it a while ago and discovered I liked it better the second time through. The acting is quite good plus, the premise is unique and I always applaud that.


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