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The Eye

Released

Latest Home Video

Jun 02, 2008

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

98

Cast

Jessica Alba

Parker Posey

Alessandro Nivola

Studio

Lions Gate Films/ Maple Pictures

Still shot from the movie: The Eye.

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ViolenceC-
SexB-
LanguageB-
Drugs/AlcoholB
Run Time98

Making the Grades

Yet another "I can see dead people" horror movie, The Eye pits its young female protagonist (perhaps if men were better screamers, they would get more leads in this genre) against death itself.

Sydney Wells (Jessica Alba), an accomplished violinist, has been blind since a firecracker accident when she was five. Looking like she has a serious case of cataracts (one of many medical blunders in this film), she nervously awaits her surgery date, hopeful that her sight will be restored. But the blurred images she initially sees after having the bandages removed are not filled with the beauty she has been dreaming of for the past two decades.

The problems begin in the middle of the first night of her lengthy hospital stay (she must have excellent insurance coverage) when she sees what appears to be her incapacitated elderly roommate heading out the door. Running after her, she discovers a dark menacing figure escorting the lady down the deserted hall (this hospital seems to have a serious lack of help on the night shift). This strange aberration is followed by other horrific dreams such as mirages of her bedroom morphing into an adobe home, a fire and "ghosts." (One of these phantoms likes riding the elevator in an apartment building, while another is an anxious child concerned about losing his report card).

Desperate for help, she turns to Dr. Paul Faulkner (Alessandro Nivola) a therapist who specializes in helping people who have had their sight restored (definitely a niche market). His solution is to repeatedly tell her she's seeing things that are not real. But Sydney believes the images are part of the life experiences of the deceased cornea donor. And she's convinced there is a message she is supposed to be receiving through all of this.

Aimed at the usual horror movie demographic (teens through twenties), this remake of an Asian film will hold issues of concern for parents -- the greatest being characters preparing to and committing suicide (one by hanging, another by jumping from a high-rise window). Amidst the frequent jump scenes there are also depictions of people on fire, bleeding, and screaming for help. About a half-dozen mild and moderate profanities are included. Sexual content consists of a momentary (and needless) view through obscured glass of Alba in the shower.

With heavy doses of scary music, squeaky doors and haunting winds, this thriller doesn't stray far off this genre's beaten path. And with the horrific "escorts" sent to take dying people away, the movie does nothing to promote death as being a spiritual or peaceful experience. That leaves little reason to encourage your teens to open The Eye and see what's inside.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about The Eye.

The protagonist in this movie begins having memory flashes from another person’s life after receiving a cornea transplant. There is some investigation being done to investigate this rare phenomenon. Check out this page by Leslie Takeuchi, to learn about some of the explanations and evidence of current research in this area: http://www.med.unc.edu/wellness/main/links/cellular%20memory.htm

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
14A Frightening Scenes.
AB 14A Frightening Scenes
MB Not Rated -----
ON 14A Frightening Scenes.
QC 13+
NB
NS
NL
PE
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A

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Details on home video releases of The Eye...

DVD Release Date: 3 June 2008

The Eye is releasing to DVD in both widescreen and full frame versions. The theatrical trailer is included with the disc. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0), with subtitles in English and Spanish.

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