Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Eye (2008)

Im going to catch hell for this, but in all respects this was an ok film. Had the original film not been made, this version would not have received such negative criticism. The problem is, the original does exist, and it makes it so that the new film really holds no appeal. Nothing has been drastically changed (for the better at least), and American remakes just never seem to recapture the eeriness and creep factor of the Asian ghost movies. The music makes the film feel too cinematic, whereas the minimalism in the original instills in the viewer a sense of lonliness and despair, and plays in to the fact that the main characters other senses have been heightened from being blind by focusing on the ambient sounds rather than an overly dramatic score. This version does offer decent acting, great camera work, and a few off-setting visuals, but the computerized spirits reduce the effect and the whole film feels overly dramatized. Worth checking out as a means of comparison, but this one has very little rewatchability and will be forgotten soon enough.

Rating: 7/10.



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2 comments:

  1. I HAVE TO SAY FOR A CHEESE BALL MOVIE IT'S GREAT BUT I REALLY DID NOT CARE FOR THIS MOVIE ON ANY OTHER LEVEL.

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  2. Yeah I thought this film was very bland, especially compared to the original. I'm not a fan of these Americanized remakes of J-horror films to begin with. I will say it was a whole lot better than ONE MISSED CALL. That film was just atrocious.

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