The Eye

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Overview

Sydney Wells Jessica Alba has been given the gift of sight, but it comes with a horrifying price in the English-language remake of Danny and Oxide Pang's The Eye. The double corneal transplant was to open up a new world for Sydney, a concert violinist whose blindness has plagued her since childhood. With the help of Dr. Paul Faulkner Alessandro Nivola and sister Helen Parker Posey, Sydney's operation and recovery seemed to be on the road to success -- until horrific images start to tear their way into her ...
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Overview

Sydney Wells Jessica Alba has been given the gift of sight, but it comes with a horrifying price in the English-language remake of Danny and Oxide Pang's The Eye. The double corneal transplant was to open up a new world for Sydney, a concert violinist whose blindness has plagued her since childhood. With the help of Dr. Paul Faulkner Alessandro Nivola and sister Helen Parker Posey, Sydney's operation and recovery seemed to be on the road to success -- until horrific images start to tear their way into her newfound vision. What's worse is that these episodes appear to foreshadow future deadly events, leading Sydney on a mission to track down the person whose eyes she has inherited and discover what kind of mystery from beyond the grave lies before her. The film is directed by David Moreau and Xavier Palud, the duo behind the acclaimed 2006 French terror flick Them, and is produced by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner under their Cruise/Wagner production banner.
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Special Features

Featurettes: "Birth of the Shadowman," "Becoming Sydney," "Shadow World: Seeing the Dead," "The Eye: the Explosive Grand Finale"; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer; TheatreVision; English descriptive audio service
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Editorial Reviews

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The country of origin doesn't much matter when it comes to Hollywood remakes of Asian horror films. Whether it's Japan, South Korea, or, in the case of The Eye, Hong Kong, these remakes all possess a certain sameness, drawing from a grab bag of disturbing imagery that resists any particular motif -- the exception being the heavy usage of ghostly Asian children with long hair or shrouded faces. The Hollywood remake of The Eye, in which directors David Moreau and Xavier Palud re-interpret the Pang brothers' 2002 film, faithfully continues this generic tradition, yet still manages to be interesting enough in its own right. Giving both versions their captivating creep factor is the following supposition: What if transplanted corneas could harness the visual memories of the donor? What if the eyes are literally the windows to the soul, capable of transferring one person's "consciousness" to another? This is a spooky idea, but the directors approach it without any knack for the specifics. At different points, Jessica Alba's transplant patient can see dead people, past events, and/or future tragedies; the rules aren't clear on why and when she sees what she sees. Thank goodness the nightmarish images are sprung with a strong sense of timing, which keeps viewers interested from scene to scene. Alba is pretty good as the blind violinist seeing the world for the first time. Her performance, enhanced by the directors' visual techniques, effectively dramatizes her disorientation. Even if she were only grappling with the flood of unfamiliar stimuli, this disorientation would still be significant. But also having to fend off demons, who terrorize her personal visual space? It's enough to drive a person crazy. The rest of the cast makes less of an impression, particularly a miscast Parker Posey, whose role requires none of Posey's usual eccentric whimsy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • UPC: 031398241300
  • Original Release: 2008
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  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 40,632

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jessica Alba Sydney Wells
Alessandro Nivola Dr. Paul Faulkner
Parker Posey Helen Wells
Rade Serbedzija Simon McCullough
Fernanda Romero
Rachel Ticotin
Obba Babatunde
Danny Mora
Chloe Moretz
Technical Credits
David Moreau Director
Xavier Palud Director
Angelo Badalamenti Score Composer
Sarah E. Baker Associate Producer
Nancy Nayor Battino Casting
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Peter Block Executive Producer
Bayard Carey Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Chan Executive Producer
Doug Davison Executive Producer
Michael Dennison Costumes/Costume Designer
Mike Elliott Executive Producer
Jay Faires Musical Direction/Supervision
Don Granger Producer
Sebastian Gutierrez Screenwriter
Jeffrey Jur Cinematographer
Patrick Lussier Editor
Michelle Manning Executive Producer, Producer
Kelly Martin-Wagner Casting
Darren Miller Executive Producer
Matthew Mungle Makeup Special Effects
Tom Ortenberg Executive Producer
Michael Paseornek Executive Producer
Ryne Douglas Pearson Screenwriter
Roy Lee Executive Producer
Hillary Seitz Screenwriter
James Spencer Production Designer
Eric Tignini Asst. Director
Naython Vane Art Director
Paula Wagner Producer
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    Jessica Alba is in it. The end.

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