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Billy Bob Thornton
Road Trip: On Location with the Cast and Crew
Video: Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Run Time: 117 min
Synopsis from DVD Cover:
Executive Producer Steven Spielberg delivers the ultimate race-against-time thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Shia LeBeouf (Transformers) and Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible 3) star as strangers ripped from their ordinary lives when they are "activated" as part of a high-tech assassination plot. Through blistering chases and shocking twists they try to escape - but where do you go when the enemy is everywhere?
I've never been much of a Shia LaBeouf fan, but both he and "Eagle Eye" managed to surprise me with their enjoyability; this is definitely a film that grabs you from the get-go and doesn't let go. Plus, even with its twists and turns, it manages to not get too convoluted or take itself to seriously - this one was fun all around, and thank God D.J. Caruso was allowed to direct again after that horrible thing I remember and try not to speak of with Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke called "Taking Lives."
We start off with college dropout Jerry Shaw (LaBeouf) who, on the very day of his twin brother's funeral, discovers his bank account is $750,000 richer - not to mention his apartment is now stocked with guns, ammo, and other terrorist accoutrements. Then there's ARIA, a creepy voice telling him he has been "activated" and he should run because the arrival of the FBI is imminent. Meanwhile, across town, Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan) also takes a similar call, advising her that unless she carries out the orders given, her son will die. It's all adventure and mayhem from there when the two strangers are forced together to work together to survive, their every move tracked by some Big Brother voice with questionable intentions.
So yeah - I think I like the LaBeouf. He's good here, and he actually manages to be both sort of an action hero AND a somewhat complex guy. I also really liked Monaghan as the desperate single mom, because unlike most roles that fall into this category in film's of this sort, we never forget she's doing this all for her kid, and though she's hot and all, it's definitely never about her sexiness. This is an adrenaline-filled rollercoaster of special effects and crazy stunts, but its story and characters are balanced out really nicely. It's also got an air of creepiness-because what's creepier than an all-seeing eye that knows you're business? The major drawback to "Eagle Eye"-if you can really call it a drawback - is that you absolutely have to suspend all thoughts of reality to fully immerse yourself in the film experience. That's fine by me, but for the detail-sticklers who can't abide stretches of logic, it could get tiresome.
The Special Features assortment is worth a buy if you liked the film. There are some interesting Deleted Scenes, "Road Trip," a featurette focusing on the shooting locations; an Alternate Ending (that I kind of liked better); a Making of called "Asymmetrical Warfare: The Making of Eagle Eye"; and another location piece, this one centered on Washington D.C., appropriately called "Eagle Eye on Location: Washington D.C." There's a fun-for-80s-kids bit where Caruso chats with the director of "War Games" called "Shall We Play A Game?" Plus all the usual Extras: Gag Reel, Photo Gallery, Trailer, Previews. Again, a nice package that touches on just about everything.
"Eagle Eye" is a perfect summer movie. It's got fast cars, intrigue, chasing, shooting, and lots of special effects. Plus, it makes you re-think answering your cell phone. Definitely worth a buy.