Eagle Eye

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Main actors: Shia LeBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis, Billy Bob Thornton. Director: D. J. Caruso

FILM SYNOPSIS: Jerry Shaw and Rachel Holloman, played by LeBeouf and Monaghan, are total strangers who become puppets of an intricate terrorist plot to retaliate against a U.S. botched attempt to assassinate an Al Queda leader. Each gets life-threatening cell phone calls instructing them to do the terrorists dirty work. Non-stop action fueled by high tech special effects and espionage intrigue demand viewers concentration. Theres no time to dash out for popcorn because you might miss a clue to the puzzle. Billy Bob Thornton plays a special FBI agent trying to connect the dots from Jerry, a neer do well, and Rachel, a single mom , to the terrorists. U.S. Air Force intelligence officer (Rosario Dawson) often clashes with the FBI and the Secretary of Defense (Michael Chiklis). All are in a deadly race to stop the terrorist attack.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Non-stop action includes massive explosions, death defying stunts, and chaotic mayhem in the midst of big city crowds. The huge dome-shaped computerized room called Eagle Eye can track every phase of our lives including video and audio surveillance as well as our personal and business transactions. Ironically, all that technology cannot stop the terrorists. Its exaggerated, but big brother capabilities and its weaknesses are scary nevertheless. The intense action unrealistically results in very little bloodshed. Several times during the screening the audience burst into laughter when Jerry and Rachel are trapped in impossible situations.

This action film doesnt spend much time developing its characters. All we learn about Jerry is that he is living in the dark shadow of his extremely intelligent twin brother who has been mysteriously killed in an accident, Alienated from his family, Jerry struggles to support himself. We know even less about Rachel, a single mom, who contends with supporting her 8-year-old son and working long hours as a paralegal. The two strangers thrown together in a dangerous situation realize their lives now depend on each other, and each is willing to die for the other if necessary.

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Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon

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Crude Language: Several mild and moderate

Obscene Language: Many, including one f-word

Profanity: Strong use of Gods name taken in vain several times

Violence: Incessant action, harrowing chases, explosions and property damage; jumps and falls that in reality would cause bodily injury or death (man falls on subway track with train coming; couple jump from high building, landing on roof below; young boy planted with explosive device; couple catapulted into the baggage conveyor system); man suffers mortal gunshot wound.

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Once - Couple injects drug to put themselves in a semi-coma

Other: Subtle anti-government theme implies poor judgment exercised in life or death situations, unfair treatment of obviously innocent people; clashes between agencies

Running Time: 110 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and adults

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