Posted 22 May 2008 - 12:18 AM
Posted 12 July 2008 - 08:21 PM
I bet if someone had shown him the first 25 minutes of Hancock, that would have rocked his world too. Wouldn't have told us diddly-squat about the film AS A FILM, though.
Posted 20 August 2008 - 01:28 AM
The most recent trailer for this film has me thinking that the messages Shia LaBeouf is getting are not from people who have hacked into the various systems, per se, but rather, they are from the systems themselves. That is, I think he is being contacted by an artificial intelligence. That is, I think the "grid" that we all live on has become self-aware, possibly in a Colossus or Skynet or I, Robot kind of way, but without necessarily becoming villainous, yet.
If my guess is correct, then it is interesting that this film would star LaBeouf, who had a supporting role in I, Robot a few years ago.
If my guess is incorrect, then, well, oops.
Posted 23 September 2008 - 08:08 AM
In fact everything in the film advances the story, every image has a payoff. Every loose end tied up. It’s sort of like a Phil Alden Robinson / Hitchcock / Michael Bay / John Badham type of mash-up… that never feels cookie cutter.
Posted 23 September 2008 - 09:26 AM
...Watching Eagle Eye in the midst of Fantastic Fest, in which dozens of genre films from around the world demonstrate time and again that a fresh, striking different approach can be incredibly successful, entertaining, and thoroughly please audiences, ultimately brings home the vacuity of the experience.
Perhaps Eagle Eye would not inspire such umbrage were it not for the film's blithe use of terrorism and patriotism as plot points, to a point that becomes risible and, frankly, noxious in its penultimate scene. If you're going to make a popcorn movie, by all means embrace the corn and stop trying to pretend that the story has any relevance beyond box office receipts.
Posted 25 September 2008 - 03:25 PM
I will say this, though: my prediction above was absolutely SPOT-ON. I was feeling pretty good about it roughly half-way into the film, when the voice on the phone says, "Leave the barge with the female." The "female"? That TOTALLY sounded like a machine, not a person, speaking. And then, roughly another half an hour later, the film confirmed my theory completely and unreservedly.
Posted 30 December 2008 - 06:02 PM
As for the video you linked to, Peter, I saw that earlier. I'm glad that wasn't used in the film; it feels like a really half-hearted attempt at leaving the door open for a sequel.