1 hour, 27 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for violence/terror and disturbing content)
Closed Caption; Birth of shadowman; Becoming sydney; Shadow world: seeing the dead; The eye: the explosive grand finale; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer
Jessica Alba ... Sydney Wells
Alessandro Nivola ... Dr. Paul Faulkner
Parker Posey ... Helen Wells
Rade Serbedzija ... Simon McCullough
Fernanda Romero ... Ana Christina Martinez
Rachel Ticotin ... Rosa Martinez
Obba Babatundé ... Dr. Haskins
Danny Mora ... Miguel
Sydney Wells (Jessica Alba "Fantastic Four") is an accomplished, independent concert violinist. She also has been blind since a fireworks accident when she was just five years old. Encouraged by her caring older sister Helen (Parker Posey "For Your Consideration"), she has a corneal transplant to restore her sight. When she awakes she finds that her sight is gradually increasing, but before long she begins seeing haunting paranormal visions and receiving traumatic hallucinations involving fire that she does not yet understand.
Sydney finally convinces her skeptical ophthalmologist, Paul Faulkner (Alessandro Nivola) that she is not simply imagining things, and the two of them set out to locate the identity of her cornea donor, whose past life may have caused her problems.
French directors David Moreau and Xavier Palud (the 2006 French thriller "Them") have remade this shocker from "Gin Gwai" a Hong Kong horror movie from 2003. Jessica Alba is never very convincing in the lead, despite the fact that she's been cute and endearing in lightweight comedies (like "Good Luck Chuck"), but she hasn't the dramatic weight to play more serious roles. As her confidante Dr. Paul Faulkner, Alessandro Nivola is simply bland. Only Parker Posey, as Jessica's sister is worth watching, but her part is basically insignificant.
There are plot points in "The Eye" that are never dealt with (such as a dead boy who roams Sydney's apartment building searching for his report card) and the creepy element practically disappears when the setting switches to Mexico. Plus, the climax is a cop-out of sunshine and roses but there's hardly any of the pathos of the tougher, less compromising original film. The biggest mistake however, is making a horror movie that relies solely on Jessica Alba's acting abilities.