2 hours, 5 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for intense sequences of action and violence, and for language.
DVD Features: Closed Caption; Disc 1: Deleted scenes; Road Trip: On Location With Cast and Crew
Disc 2: Alternate ending; Asymmetrical Warfare: The Making of Eagle Eye; Eagle Eye on Location: Washington, D.C.; Is My Cell Phone Spying on Me?; Shall We Play a Game?; Gag reel; Photo gallery; Theatrical trailer.
Shia LaBeouf ... Jerry Shaw
Michelle Monaghan ... Rachel
Rosario Dawson ... Zoe Perez
Michael Chiklis ... Secy Callister
Anthony Mackie ... Maj. Bowman
Ethan Embry ... Agent Toby Grant
Billy Bob Thornton ... Agt Morgan
The story is about an aimless young college drop-out, Jerry Shaw (Shia LeBeouf "Transformers"), who's distanced
himself from his family and isnít even making enough to pay his rent, but his life suddenly becomes dangerous when his twin brother, who's in
the military service, is found dead. Right after the funeral, Jerry
checking account full of money and his apartment stocked with
hazardous chemicals. Minutes before heís arrested for possession, he
gets a phone call from a mysterious woman instructing him on
how to get away. He doesnít pay much attention to her at first, but has
choice but to follow her advice after he's arrested. And, the unidentified
caller has given him a list of things he has to do if he doesnít want
He soon finds himself teamed up with
another victim, Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan "Gone Baby Gone"), whose young son has been kidnapped and has been been threatened by the same mysterious voice. They are pushed into a
series of increasingly dangerous situations. Their every move is being tracked and controlled while they still don't know what their mission is, but it seems to be somehow connected to
Jerry's recently killed twin brother. Security agencies are also tracking
and following them, led by Agent Tom Morgan (Billy Bob Thornton "Monster's Ball"). As the
situation escalates, they find themselves to be pawns of a faceless enemy who seems to
have limitless power to manipulate everything they do.
What follows is an exhaustive, nonstop race to comply with whatever the mysterious voice tells them to do. If they slow down, even for a
moment, Rachel's son will die, and Jerry . . . well, it's never quite
clear what he stands to lose. Obviously, he wants his freedom back, but
becoming a terrorist, which is what it appears the voice wants him to
do, doesn't seem the way to do it. Don't pay too much attention to
motivation; director D. J. Caruso ("Disturbia") is not really interested in the story. He just wants you to hold you attention, which he does almost throughout.
Sadly, the film suffers from being too long and really not much more than a preposterously plotted terrorist thriller dressed up as a cautionary tale about surrendering your rights in the
name of security; but the action and chase sequences are too much fun to dismiss completely.
Too bad they tacked on a Hollywood ending, that, if they hadn't and just left it as dark as the rest of the movie, might have left a much better impression.