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Movie Reviews

DVD Review: “Eagle Eye (2-Disc Special Edition)”

(Dreamworks. 2008. 118 minutes. Rated PG-13. Directed by D.J. Caruso.) Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Michael Chiklis. Music by Brian Tyler.

What this movie lacks in originality and believability, it makes up for in pacing and watchability. Yet another thriller where a cell phone is central to the plot (this is number 367, I think). LaBeouf (a clerk at “Copy Cabana”) and Monaghan (a single mother) are seemingly plucked at random and compelled to obey the commands of a mysterious female voice which keeps popping up everywhere. Soon they’re on the run, forced headlong into mortal danger, while government agents (Thornton, Dawson) pick up their trail. Car chases and explosions ensue. Who’s behind all the mayhem, or what? You’ll giggle, or guffaw, at the answer, but you’ll stick with it until the end. Executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, who obviously likes LaBeouf; an actor could be in a worse position. Caruso also directed him in 2007’s Disturbia, which I think works better. Look fast for ’80s action star Marc Singer (The Beastmaster, V) as an explosives expert. Check the funny gag reel which has Thornton flubbing the most lines, then just riffing in his scene with Dawson at the helicopter pad.