Reuniting the talent from last year’s sleeper hit Disturbia and featuring a similar surveillance theme, Eagle Eye is a busy conspiracy thriller featuring manboy-of-the-moment Shia LaBoeuf and directed by DJ Caruso. With two major franchises under his belt in the form of Michael Bay’s Transformers and as the son of Indiana Jones, the mercurial LaBoeuf isn’t doing to badly for a 22 year-old; by contrast, his character in Eagle Eye, Jerry Shaw, works in a photocopy shop and is having trouble meeting his rent. The death of his armed-forces brother deepens Jerry’s depression, but there’s no time to mourn as an anonymous voice on his mobile phone starts depositing large amounts of money in his bank account, accompanied by large amounts of bomb-making equipment in his flat. Determined to find out who is ordering him around, a flustered Jerry goes on the run with fellow dupe Rachel (Michelle Monaghan), allowing Caruso to make full use of his big budget, staging both razzle-dazzle car-chases and foot pursuits with agreeable intensity.
Eagle Eye, confusingly, is a bait and switch thriller marketed as a straight techno-action film. Much as Disturbia rehashed Hitchcock’s Rear Window for 21st century teens, Eagle Eye’s plot feels cobbled together from leftover ideas from The Manchurian Candidate, North By Northwest, The Matrix and 2001. The idea of self-aware technology apparently stems from executive producer Steven Spielberg, but it’s explored without much insight, merely providing a cast-iron McGuffin.
General release from Fri 17 Oct.