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Eagle Eye

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and for language.

Reviewed by: Thaisha Geiger

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Adults, Teens
Thriller, Drama
1 hr. 58 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
September 26, 2008 (wide—3,300 theaters)
DVD: December 27, 2008
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Featuring: Shia LaBeouf
Michelle Monaghan
Rosario Dawson
Billy Bob Thornton
Jeff Albertson, Anthony Azizi, Steve Barrons, Tommy Bartlett, Cameron Boyce, Michael Bretten, G. Larry Butler, Charles Carroll, Michael Daniel Cassady, Michael Chiklis, Lynn Cohen, Dean Cudworth, Jay Disney, Lorenzo Eduardo, Jarod Einsohn, Ethan Embry, Fahim Fazli, Tony Flores, Brenda Goodbread, David Hill, Gary Houston, James Huang, Neil Ironfield, Peter James, Lu Johnson, Dariush Kashani, Sean Kinney, Don Kress, Angelina Lyubomirova, Anthony Mackie, Michael Maize, Madison Mason, Joseph Mazurk, Albert Miranda, Brad Newman, Eiko Nijo, Ali Olomi, Eric Christian Olsen, Manny Perry, Peggy Roeder, Andrew Rowe, William Sadler, Stacey Scowley, Kent Shocknek, McKay Stewart, Madylin Sweeten
Director: D.J. Caruso—“I Am Number Four” (2011), “Disturbia” (2007)
Producer: Pete Chiarelli, Pat Crowley, Alex Kurtzman, Edward McDonnell, Rizelle Mendoza, Roberto Orci, Steven Spielberg
Distributor: DreamWorks/Paramount Distribution

“If you want to live you will obey”

“Eagle Eye” is the kind of movie that will appeal to the crowd who loves loud noise and action. Indeed, this movie has a lot of action, twists, and turns. If you are this kind of viewer, you’ll love this movie. However, if you’re the kind who loves to analyze and try to guess the next twist, you might be disappointed when the movie’s conspirator is revealed and then leaps off the cliff of absurdity.

Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) is the typical hot-headed youngster who refuses to conform to his family’s expectations. Never wanting to go to Stanford, he became a loner, traveling the world before settling as a copy assistant at a Kinko-like store. Although he struggles with money, his pride refuses to ask his parents for help. He only returns home when he receives news that his twin brother, a U.S. servicemember, died in a car wreck.

Upon his return from his brother’s funeral, Jerry becomes shocked at what has been delivered to his apartment. Guns, bombs, ammunition, and all kinds of instructional manuals are stacked throughout the dwelling. Almost immediately, he receives a call from a mysterious female, informing him that he has been activated, and the FBI will raid his apartment in approximately thirty seconds. Ignoring the warning, he is arrested and detained.

Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan) is a single mother whose joy is only completed by her son, Sam. Sam is a trumpet player in his school band. When the band gets invited to perform for the President, Rachel reluctantly kisses her son goodbye at the train station. Afterwards, she goes out with her girlfriends for some drinks. Believing Sam is calling her, Rachel quickly goes outside to answer the call. To her horror, the same mysterious female now tells Rachel she has been activated. If she wants her son alive, she needs to get inside a parked car and drive.

After the unknown female plots his escape, Jerry enters the car with Rachel. They both find out that the same woman has called them. After trying to escape her multiple times, Rachel and Jerry feel helpless, since the mysterious woman seems to know their every step and conversation.

If one watches the theatrical trailer, the basic plot is shown in its entirety. Rachel and Jerry are part of a much bigger conspiracy. Zoe Perez (Rosario Dawson) and Agent Thomas Morgan (Billy Bob Thornton) try to track down Rachel and Jerry and solve the mystery surrounding his brother’s death.

What keeps you hanging on is finding out the identity of the woman. How can she see their every move? Who or what is she? Whoever she is, she is able to control traffic lights, stranger’s cell phones, vehicles, conveyor belts, and even cranes. Even when Rachel and Jerry are literally running, she is able to quickly communicate directions to them through electric signs or even through a GPS system.

With each scene, I felt the movie became more and more far-fetched. Her abilities knew almost no boundaries. In one scene, they are in the middle of nowhere, she still is able to see them. Once I found out her identity, the movie went downhill. To enjoy this movie, audiences should not think too deeply. If one thinks too much, unanswered questions begin to emerge. If she wanted Jerry’s help, why did she frame him? Framing him was a bad idea, since it made the FBI aware and caused them to track his movements. After enduring long drives, walks, and gunfire, it turns out the woman wanted them to board a plane. If she is all-knowing, why couldn’t she just have hijacked the plane for them to immediately use?

Offensive Content

This movie is quite heavy in its violence. There are plenty of car chases, crashes, explosions, and gunfire. After refusing to cooperate any longer with the female terrorist, a man is electrocuted by electric wires. In a later scene, it shows his burnt thumb up close when it is scanned. Two characters get shot. While the movie was loud and chaotic at times, I did not feel the violence was overly offensive.

The movie’s main offense comes from all the profanity. In all, I counted 43 uses. Jesus and the Lord’s name are said in vain about 10 times. There were about 7 GDs and two uses of the ‘f’ word.

The sexual content is rather mild, and these offenses are all within the dialogue near the beginning. While drinking with her friends, Rachel asks her friends who has gotten a booty call or has gotten lucky. During a game of poker, Jerry entices a player to keep playing in the chance of winning more money. If the player wins more money, then he, too, might get lucky. Jerry uses the phrase to “pull a d—k.”

Jerry asks the female conspirator who she was. She then instructs him and Rachel to enter an electronics store. She reveals herself by putting all of Jerry’s personal information, photos, IM chats, Web searches, and videos on multiple screens. She then goes about telling Jerry all about his life, shaming him. She shows her limitation by revealing that she had pulled the videos from his dead brother’s laptop.

The almighty Lord is omnipotent and all-knowing. While this film’s imaginary idea of a female tracker was limited to networks, all of our actions, whether good or bad are being watched by God. Any actions behind closed doors or any shrouded Web searches are still in God’s knowing. In Ecclesiastes, King Solomon wrote “for God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”

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The gaping plot holes might be overlooked by audiences who love some action on the big screen. I felt that the first thirty minutes were intriguing and left me wondering who was behind the enormous conspiracy. After learning the “secret,” the movie went straight into a silly, eye-rolling action flick. I am sure that this movie would have been a small release, if it did not have big names attached to it. I suggest you wait until it comes out on DVD.

Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Mild

Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Comments below:
Positive— Excellent plot, incredible pacing, directing, acting—it's all there.

And the stunts are truly amazing! There is new stuff in this movie. Shia proves up again as an actor worth noting. He holds his own against Billy Bob all right. The whole idea of how far a person would go to protect a loved one is put right on the line. How far can a person be pushed? I would rate it a 5, except for some of the language, which is in context, but I still don't like to hear it. When I left the theater, I was glad I didn't have my cell phone with me…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Pam Webb, age 50+
Positive—I was so excited to see this movie the day it came to theaters, being as I love thrillers. This movie was amazing! If you love thrillers go see this flick. The stunts and action in it were done very well. Morally, there is a “moderate” amount of language in it, being as it is rated PG-13, but it is not over the top on the language content. There is also many action scenes, such as cars flying every which way and buildings and other things falling down, but not much blood and guts. In fact, there is one scene I believe that shows a man's body that has been killed by an electrical accident, but it is only for a brief instant being as the detectives had to investigate it. And one scene where the main FBI agent has been hurt in an automobile accident and is bleeding a bit from the side, but overall the gore was very minimal in my opinion for a thriller and for the rating. The storyline was very interesting and kept you on the edge of your seat wondering what was going to happen next. Shia Lebeouf and Michelle Monaghan did an outstanding performance, which I do believe should win some awards for, especially by Lebeouf. So go see this, if you love action/thrillers!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Whitley Curtis, age 20
Positive—This movie is a very interesting take on “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Basically, this movie is about a deeply covert Pentagon created “thinking,” runaway, super computer that had been designed to assist and even to manage all data that is gathered via all the anti-terrorist networks that have been enlisted since 9/11. Unfortunately, this computer has decided that its very designers and the elite leaders of our country, that is to say the entire presidential cabinet and the President, are enemies of the state who must be eliminated. So, this amazing computer, which is created in the film to have a voice, and a look, and a personality, and ability to reason very very much like the supercomputer that goes biserk in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” creates and executes, while you watch, a plan for the destruction and replacement of the central controlling leaders in our Government. This is the movie, which is a very exciting scene by scene unfolding of this remarkably created “hit” using 2 twin brothers, a host of network people that appear and perform their function quickly and disappear, and a soccer mom and her cute little trumpet playing boy. Incredible. The action is non-stop, and the look of the film is very much in the vein of the 1st and 3rd “The Bourne Identity” or even, say, “Collateral” which featured Tom Cruise. In other words, very stylized and high tech. So, if you can deal with a fair amount of profanity, and if you like your action fast and the pace furious and the plot a bit unusual, then I think this movie would be a very enjoyable DVD rental.

As a Christian, I can't recommend it because of the profanity, however, this movie has no sensuality, nudity, or torture—just the profanity and, of course, there is a good bit of stylized violence, in the form of car crashes, bombs exploding, some gunfights, and one person dies by electrocution.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Larry, age 47 (USA)
Positive—We did watch this film from beginning to end. Positive review came only because we have a language blocker and did not hear the foul language and fast forward through two scenes. Reading reviews we are aware that a lot of unacceptable language was in this film. We have TV Guardian built into our dvd player and on the strict setting not one foul word was heard. We did fast forward through the scene near the beginning where guys were playing cards, we were told the conversation wasn't one we would want to hear and also fast forwarded scene with ladies at the bar. If you watch this movie in the above format I would give it a better than average rating with violence being the main thing to give a bad rating on. The movie was very entertaining and would recommend only if you watch without the two scenes mentioned and a language blocker.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2½
—Sherri, age 42 (USA)
Neutral—This movie was way too long. The special effects were not that good. When there was some type of collision the film was just a bunch of junk to look at, it was silly, you could not make out anything and then they would flash to the scene of the wreck or catastrophe. It was entertaining a bit and the acting was good for what they were trying to portray, but I could have passed this one. Like I said, it was way too long. No sex, some cussing, no nudity. The plot was a let down to me.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Donnam, age 52
Neutral—I loved the fast pace, keeping you on your seat, non-stop action. It was amazing! But the way they continuously took the Lords’ name ruined it; it was loud, in your face and almost cursing Jesus. To me, a good film should have it all, especially class, and the entertainment world goes too far with the use of their Lord's Name. It's a shame such a great movie, such raw condemnation. Would I recommend: To a action lover, it is great; to a christian, it is not what God wants.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Sherrie O'brien, age 32 (Canada)
Neutral—I would have enjoyed this movie much more if it weren't for the excessive cursing. Otherwise, when I could suspend disbelief, it was an average movie with some interesting parts. In particular, I'm surprised no one else has mentioned the parallel to “Space Odyssey 2001.”
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Andrew, age 28 (USA)
Negative—I started watching the movie. However, I was offended hearing my precious God being used as an expletive. God does not have a last name. The first time it was said, I was annoyed. The second time I told myself, “3 strikes they are out.” On the third time, I just turned it off. I am not going to sit there and hear actors who want a paycheck offend my God. They even used Jesus as an expletive. Please, someone start making many, many Christian films.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: ½
—Kat, age 52 (USA)
Negative—If you love “America is evil” films. If you enjoy viewing a film that leans to the far left and is anti-Christian in its plot and language, you'll probably like this film. After I started watching the movie, I finally stopped, shortly after a scene involving a news journalist reporting that terrorists were killing people as a result of America's actions. I found this film to be too offensive.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Carmen, age 40+ (USA)
Comments from young people
Positive—I loved this from beginning to end. Of course it isn't realistic, what do you expect from a movie about a mysterious voice who can see everything? The acting is great and the plot kept me guessing. I'd recommend it for thirteen and up. Great movie!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Linda, age 17
Positive—I absolutely loved this movie! I loved the story line, and I am happy that they chose Shia to be the main character. My only negative is all the language! It still would have been a good movie without the cursing. Overall, it was an awesome movie, and it is definitely one of my favorites.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Megan Cory, age 15
Positive—I really enjoyed seeing this movie. It was well done and had a good, exciting story line. The only drawback is the basis of the entire story is extremely similar to that of “iRobot” with Will Smith, where a computer has gone bad, although supposedly within its bounds—just finding a loophole of sorts through its programming. This was very much the same, but I still thought “Eagle Eye” had its own unique story. Shia is a great actor and he did an excellent job I thought, along with most of the other characters.

If you enjoyed the Bourne trilogy, or others such as iRobot, then this movie will also appeal to you.

The first scene could have been left out because of the content of their discussion, but it is over within minutes, and other than that I thought the movie was very clean. Swearing was minimal for a movie of this genre, and movies period for these days. I would highly suggest this film if your trying to decide what to go see at the theatre.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Jordan, age 17
Positive—I loved it! The only possible offensive stuff was the language and the violence. The violence was about a six on a scale of ten. Other than the language though it was an amazing movie!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Kirsten, age 12
Neutral—First, before I tell you the movie lets go over the positives and negatives.

Positives—The violence in the movie isn't that bad. The main viewer of this movie overexaturated over the violence.
Negatives—The language was sort of bad but not as much as “Ghost Town” but it did get offensive at times. Lot's of “A—holes” and “sh-t” and 1 F-bomb. Thankfully, there was hardly any nudity kind of stuff, but Shia LaBeouf's character does talk about it a little with his friends in the beginning, and the lady in there was kind of drunk in the beginning.
How was the movie—The acting is good and the directing is good. The plot is interesting and intense and very suspenseful. There is some plot holes but its so exicting that you may miss them if you don't pay close attention. My dad was WOW-ed when he saw this movie and trust me; he has seen many action movies.
Now, I really liked this movie, because I like thrillers a whole lot. It's not better than “I Am Legend” or the new Batman movies. If you can handle some silliness at the end, this is a good movie for you. If you can't save it for video.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Langston, age 11
Positive—I really thought this movie had some good details to it. It was very much like “iRobot,” as one person put it, but I loved it anyways. In the world now days there are some awful movies. I really appreciated this one in the fact that it wasn't about that junk. It had hardly any cursing, and I really didn't even think that the “violence” as some people put it was bad. Shia did a terrific job at being an adorable hero. I never thought of him in that way before but his role and the way he played it made you fall in love with him. The only thing that made you go “Ew” was when a man got burned, and they were trying to get his fingerprint, and they showed his burnt thumb, but only for a brief second. This movie was really great, I thought, and I would recommend it to someone who wants to see a great movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Sierra Carter, age 14
Positive—This movie was fantastic! I've been waiting to see it since April, and I was not disappointed. There was only one or two unrealistic things in this movie, those being that after running around, not bathing for two days, getting shot at, etc. the two main characters were clean and had perfect hair and makeup.

I would highly recommend seeing this movie. It is amazing. The only thing that really confused me about it was the beginning scene. I didn't really understand why they had it the way it was, and not something that tied into the movie more. But I still love it. …I personally just wish there was a tad more romance in it. But, oh well. It was still great.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Jenny, age 16
Neutral—This movie has a great story-line, has great actors, and is fascinatingly fun. It's an action movie which I love (I've seen it 3 times!) and has very cool special effects, and the ideas which the plot is sprung from are original and fresh, while still great and exciting. Sounds like I like this movie, and I'm crazy to give it a neutral review? Well, as spectacular as this film is, it has one little detail that offends me as a kid and my beliefs in Jesus and the righteousness of the bible—foul language. The flick started out with vulgarities probably soaring at one per two minutes, and lessoned to maybe one per thirty minutes in the middle, but there are multiple (I'm talking 15+) s-words and maybe 5 improper uses of “hell.”

Billy Bob Thornton, who plays an FBI agent Thomas Morgan lets lose an f-bomb which was worse than any explosion in the movie. The plot is confusing and if I gave a summary I might give things away, so consider this a SPOILER WARNING. Jerry (Shia Labeouf) has quite a situation on his hands. His twin-brother dies and soon he is being instructed for his life (literally) by a stalking program of some sort. Him and thousands all over the US are being controlled by this, being threatened with their own lives, including Rachel (Michelle Monoghan). They journey together throughout the movie with theirs and their loved one's lives at risk to satisfy this person who keeps calling them, which they don't even know what her (its) intentions or reasons are. I can't go on because I know I'll accidentally give something away, so I'll leave it at that.

I would recommend this movie to 13-year-olds and up (due to the action and a confusing plot). If you do not own a DVD player that does not cut out swears like my family's does, be prepared to force some exclamations out of your head and forget about the cusses. This is a great movie which had great potential, slightly marred by some forgettable profanity…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Paul Hunter, age 12 (USA)
Positive—This movie was VERY exciting! If you love car chases and explosions, this is the movie for you! The cussing would be a problem, if you didn't have a DVD player that took that stuff out, but ours did. Of course, then it was silent half the time, but at least we didn't have to hear it! And I know most people thought it got too far-fetched when they revealed who “the woman” was, but I actually liked it better then. SPOILER WARNING: I thought an evil computer was much less scary then some crazy psychopath who somehow knew everything. I thought it made more sense that way. SPOILER OVER.

Overall, I thought it was a pretty good movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Katie, age 16 (USA)
Positive—This was a very good movie. I was disappointed with all of the language, though. As a friend pointed out to another friend who hasn't seen this movie before, “When you see the movie… you'll see that they have a good reason for all of the cussing!” Which, I guess is true. There is a lot of s**t in there… especially during the car chase!! But… I absolutely love this movie!!… Shia is amazing in this movie, and my two friends I saw it with in theaters were kept on the edge of our seats throughout the entire movie!!!… I definitely recommend seeing it!!!… Especially if you are over 13!!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Emily, age 13 (USA)