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"EAGLE EYE"
(2008) (Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan) (PG-13)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
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Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Moderate None Extreme None Heavy
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Mild None Heavy Moderate Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Suspense/Thriller: Two strangers are brought together and then sent on a dangerous but meticulously planned mission by a mysterious caller who seemingly knows everything about them and can see and hear everything they do.
PLOT:
Jerry Shaw (SHIA LaBEOUF) is an unassuming guy who enjoys playing poker at the copy center where he works, but is going nowhere fast and doesn't have enough money in his account to make an ATM withdrawal. After the unexpected death of his twin brother, Jerry returns home to find multiple packages have been delivered to his apartment containing weapons, military manuals and the like. Just then, he receives an anonymous phone call that alerts him that the FBI is about to raid his place.

He isn't sure what's going on, but the caller was right and he's soon in FBI custody being questioned by anti-terrorism agent Thomas Morgan (BILLY BOB THORNTON). The latter wants to know what Jerry knows, which is nothing but confusion at this moment. Things get more complicated when Air Force liaison Zoe Perez (ROSARIO DAWSON) shows up investigating the twin's death.

When Jerry's given his one phone call to make, that same anonymous woman from before is on the line, telling him he'll be freed momentarily and that comes true. He ends up paired with divorced mom Rachel Holloman (MICHELLE MONAGHAN) who's similarly received calls from that same mysterious caller who threatens to harm her young son -- who's headed to Washington, D.C. onboard a train to perform in a musical concert -- if she doesn't cooperate.

The two are reluctant partners who quickly realize that the caller can see and hear most everything they do, and can manipulate them, others, and anything related to technology around them. Without knowing their exact purpose or the outcome of this manipulation, the two are directed by the caller every step of the way, eventually drawing the interest of all sorts of government officials.

With Zoe joined by Major William Bowman (ANTHONY MACKIE) who reports to Defense Secretary Callister (MICHAEL CHIKLIS), and with Agent Morgan still hot on their trail, Jerry and Rachel rush along at breakneck speed, unaware of the implications of the caller using them as her pawns.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of anyone in the cast or action-based thrillers, they just might, especially if they're teens.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For intense sequences of action and violence, and for language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • SHIA LaBEOUF plays a copy center employee who dropped out of Stanford a few years back and is estranged from his family. Following his twin brother's unexpected death, he then finds his world turned upside down when he becomes a pawn for a mysterious caller who manipulates him, Rachel, others and every form of technology for an initially nebulous end goal. He's confused and angry about this and clashes with Rachel, and uses profanity.
  • MICHELLE MONAGHAN plays a single mom who ends up in the same predicament, with hers worsened by the fact that the caller repeatedly threatens to kill her young son, off on a trip to Washington, D.C., if she doesn't cooperate. She also uses profanity and briefly drinks.
  • BILLY BOB THORNTON plays an old-school, anti-terrorism FBI agent hot on their trail who wants to know who they are and what they're up to. He uses profanity, some of it briefly strong.
  • ROSARIO DAWSON plays an Air Force liaison who's investigating the unexpected death of Jerry's twin, a member of the Air Force, and soon realizes she's onto something bigger than initially believed.
  • MICHAEL CHIKLIS plays the Secretary of Defense who's behind and must then contend with a new technology designed to protect America.
  • ANTHONY MACKIE plays a military officer who works for Callister and ends up partnered with Zoe in an attempt to stop something terrible from occurring.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this suspense/thriller that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of at least 1 "f" word, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. Some brief, sexually related dialogue is present and a woman is briefly seen in her bra.

    Violence consists of people being killed by various means, while some fighting and threatening of others also occurs. There are briefly seen bloody results, as well as a brief view of a charred corpse, and those scenes and various moments of potential peril might be unsettling and/or suspenseful to viewers.

    Some of the action might be enticing for kids to try to imitate, there's brief drinking (although it involves mixing alcohol and beer), and bad attitudes are present, as is tense family material regarding a familial death as well as a parent worrying about her child's safety.

    If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those concerned with bright flashes of light on the screen, there's some of that after a crane smashes through an office building and causes the lights to go on and off repeatedly.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there are varying amounts of handheld camera footage in the film (sometimes fairly shaky).


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Rachel and her friends drop shots of liquor into their beer mugs and then drink both.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • For those with an aversion to dead bodies and funerals, there's a brief view of a dead man's face in an open casket.
  • Jerry has a few scrapes on his forehead.
  • We see a technician trying to get a print from a charred finger, followed by a view of the charred corpse (face, torso, etc.) after that person has been electrocuted.
  • Thomas has some red marks on his head from where he hit it earlier.
  • We see blood that's soaked through Thomas' shirt from an injury.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • The caller obviously has a bad attitude for manipulating, threatening and even killing various people chosen to accomplish her goal that ultimately -- SPOILER ALERT -- involves the intended assassination of key political figures.
  • For those opposed to gambling, there's a bit of that near the beginning of the film.
  • Thomas admits that he doesn't care about Jerry's Miranda rights when it comes to figuring out if he's a terrorist or not.
  • Rachel states that her ex-husband always forgets their son's birthday.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" may also be unsettling and/or suspenseful to viewers.
  • Government officials, including Callister, must decide whether a gathering of Arab men is for a funeral or a terrorist meeting and whether an attack should be made on them while the opportunity is present.
  • For those with an aversion to dead bodies and funerals, there's a brief view of a dead man's face in an open casket.
  • Jerry and Rachel realize the locked case they've stolen has a timer on it that's counting down to zero and they worry it might be a bomb.
  • Thomas aims a shotgun at some armored car guards, but does so only to ask how Jerry and Rachel held theirs (to see if they're pros or not).
  • Jerry worries when he must run that case with that countdown clock through airport security and the x-ray machine. That goes off fine, but Thomas then spots the two fugitives and gives chase with his gun drawn.
  • Jerry and Rachel are ordered to use an experimental serum on themselves to lower their heart and respiratory rates while they travel in an unpressurized part of a cargo plane. They reluctantly but hurriedly do so and then take cover in a metal cargo crate, unsure if they'll survive.
  • The caller orders Rachel to shoot Jerry and she holds a gun on him, but can't fire.
  • To stop a bomb-based assassination that's going to occur in a moment, a man fires shots in the air to interrupt that, followed by guards shooting him several times (he appears to be dead, but is later seen alive).
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handguns/Shotguns/Automatic weapons/Missiles/Explosives: Carried and/or used to threaten, wound or kill people and/or cause property damage. See "Violence" for details.
  • We see some armed men (carrying various weapons) watching a convoy pass by in the distance.
  • Jerry opens various boxes delivered to his place and finds various weapons (handgun, automatic weapon) inside some of them.
  • Thomas aims a shotgun at some armored car guards, but does so only to ask how Jerry and Rachel held theirs (to see if they're pros or not).
  • The caller orders Rachel to shoot Jerry and she holds a gun on him, but can't fire.
  • Thomas and others hold their guns on Jerry.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "You're in a sh*t-load of trouble," "This is bullsh*t," "Holy sh*t," "Sh*t-pile," "Sh*t-storm," "Sounds like sh*t," "Don't bullsh*t me," "Booty call," "What the hell /is kinda/are you talking about?" "Breaks over, bitches" (said by a woman to men), "Who the hell is this?" "It's cold as hell outside," "Does that nail it for you, Sherlock?" "Wherever the hell we're going," "That sucks" and "Shut up."
  • The stunts and other action might be enticing for some kids to try to imitate.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • An extreme amount of suspenseful, ominous and heavily dramatic music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 1 "f" word, 20 "s" words, 1 slang term using male genitals ("d*ck"), 8 hells, 4 asses (3 used with "hole"), 5 uses of "G-damn," 2 each of "God," "Jesus" and "Oh my God" and 1 use each of "Oh for Christ's sakes," "Oh God" and "Swear to God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Jerry jokingly asks his friend if he's had sex with his girlfriend yet, with the friend replying "Kinda." After a few other comments, Jerry makes a sexual joke about her apparent name "Elaine Yank-my-D*ck-ison" (or something close to that). About just beating that friend at poker, he then says that at least the friend won't have to spend money on herpes medicine.
  • We see miscellaneous cleavage.
  • While out with her friends, Rachel wants all of the details about one's "booty call," but she's interrupted before we hear any reply.
  • An armored car guard says he doesn't know what they're transporting and that it could be anything from the plague to grandpa's Viagra.
  • We see a very brief view of Rachel in her bra as she changes tops.
  • Rachel shows a little cleavage.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Jerry receives a call from his mother and we then see him slouch down in the hallway (over news of his twin brother's unexpected death). We next see Jerry at the funeral where he cries over the open casket. When he meets his father, we realize they're long estranged and that Jerry's had no contact with anyone in his family for a long time. He then tells his father that he feels like a stranger in the house in which he grew up.
  • Rachel isn't happy that her ex-husband hasn't shown up to drive their young son to the train station for the kid's trip. When they meet at the station, she isn't happy to see him.
  • Rachel is worried when she receives a call from the mysterious caller who threatens to derail her young son's train if Rachel doesn't cooperate. That threat is repeated several times later in the film.
  • Rachel states that her ex-husband always forgets their son's birthday.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • How technology has pervaded most people's lives and how that could be used against or to manipulate them.
  • Cyber terrorism.
  • The comment of measuring military success by the least amount of collateral damage.
  • We hear that Jerry quit Stanford a few years ago and has no intention of going back.
  • Thomas admits that he doesn't care about Jerry's Miranda rights when it comes to figuring out if he's a terrorist or not.
  • The notion of assembling data to create personality profiles.
  • VIOLENCE
  • A U.S. military drone fires two missiles into a gathering of Arab men who may or may not be terrorists, resulting in a huge explosion. presumably resulting in many deaths and/or injuries (seen from a distance).
  • Jerry receives a call that the FBI will raid his place in 30 seconds. He doesn't believe that, but his window is then blown out and an agent zips in. Jerry tries to run out and struggles with another agent, but is then slammed against a wall and then pinned to the floor.
  • After being told by the caller to get down, Jerry ducks just in time as a huge crane smashes through a building, causing all sorts of damage. As Zoe fires some shots to try to get into the damaged room, Jerry is told to jump from this building despite being several stories up. He reluctantly does, hitting various roofs and such before landing hard on train tracks. He then barely gets out of the way of an approaching train.
  • When Jerry disobeys the caller's orders, she causes the train he's on to screech to a halt, sending various passengers flying through the inside compartment. With it in reverse and many people now thinking he's a terrorist, Jerry jumps from the moving train and lands hard on the platform.
  • Following orders, Jerry gets into a car with Rachel, with both struggling with and whacking at the other, initially thinking they're responsible for this. The caller then tells her to drive, and a gunshot then blasts out her back window. That's followed by a multi-minute car chase, with a cop car crashing and flipping in a bad crash. Another cop car bangs into the side of their car, but then ends up in a bad crash, as do many other vehicles, including one carrying Thomas and Zoe. Rachel and Jerry then end up driving into a junkyard where a huge automated machine drives over a cop car, another drops garbage in front of a second (that crashes into that), and one picks up and flings a cop car through the air, resulting in a bad crash. It then picks up Zoe and Jerry's car, with the two struggling to stay inside, and they then decide to jump and land in a garbage barge, with the machinery then dropping their car (at first it appears it's intended for them, but it lands in the water next to the barge).
  • We see a large test explosion from an experimental crystal device.
  • Electric lines on huge towers are purposefully shorted, with them falling and nearly hitting Jerry and Rachel who duck out of the way. Another man tries to outrun the lines, but one touches and zaps him to death (we later see his fully charred body).
  • Jerry and Rachel are ordered to rob an armored truck and do so at gunpoint, holding shotguns on the guards. One grabs Jerry's shotgun and struggles with him until Rachel fires a warning shot that blows out some glass. As they flee into a crowd, Jerry shoots out a surveillance camera, while one guard fires at them, hitting a passing car by accident.
  • There's news on the radio about terrorists retaliating and killing Americans for the above missile strike (but we don't see any related footage of that).
  • Jerry worries when he must run a case with a countdown clock on it through airport security and the x-ray machine. That goes off fine, but Thomas then spots the two fugitives and gives chase with his gun drawn. They end up in the baggage sorting area where Thomas fires a shot at them and then again. They then all end up on a moving conveyor belt where Rachel whacks Thomas on the head with the case, but he still manages to grab and struggle with Jerry. However, he ends up hitting his head on a low overpass, with Jerry grabbing his gun and aiming it at him before Thomas is diverted away.
  • A mechanized arm strikes a worker, blasting him back through a glass panel that shatters (seemingly killing him).
  • Bowman and Zoe try to flee and avoid a computer's attempts to kill them via sparking wires and fire, etc.
  • We see surveillance footage (from a distance) of a large truck smashing into a car in an intersection.
  • A drone takes off and sets out to find and stop Thomas and Jerry. A manned jet fighter then swoops in to take care of that drone, but the pilot is ejected. That's followed by an explosion that blasts the men's car, with the two getting out and commandeering another vehicle. They drive into a tunnel, followed by the drone that fires a missile at them. It hits a semi instead, with the explosion and wreckage hitting various other vehicles, including crushing the back of the one the two men are in.
  • A man purposefully crashes a truck to cause it to down a drone that then crashes, followed by a huge explosion (with Jerry taking cover behind a vehicle to avoid the fiery debris.
  • Jerry fights with a guard, with the latter hitting him with his baton.
  • Zoe and Bowman race to deactivate a computer before it's too late, but a mechanized part of it knocks him off a platform down into water far below, followed by doing the same to Zoe who lands hard on various pieces of metal before hitting the water (both are alive but wounded following that). She then jams a metal rod into part of the computer, shorting it out.
  • To stop a bomb-based assassination that's going to occur in a moment, a man fires shots in the air to interrupt that, followed by guards shooting him several times (he appears to be dead, but is later seen alive).



  • Reviewed September 23, 2008 / Posted September 26, 2008

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