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The Eye a Good Chinese Horror Remake

Published February 2, 2008 in Movie Reviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Lionsgate.
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Wow, there's actually a good Japanese horror remake. Does that imply that there may actually be a good Chinese horror original too? The Eye is way better than I thought it would be. I'm not into the style of illogical apparitions just making creepy noises. This one would actually be an interesting story without them, so that makes it work.

Movie Review: The Eye

The real movie here is Jessica Alba as a blind girl. Right away she saves a skater from rolling out in front of a bus, so that's awesome. It should just be the story of how this accomplished, take charge girl loving life. Even the story of an eye transplant recipient would be cool, watching her adjust to the world of vision. Luckily, the bulk of the movie is that. That makes it classy and grown-up. Her adjustment to the sighted world it profound, visual and beautiful. It's Jessica Alba's best performance, if only because it actually gives her something to do.

For the genre, the scares are well done too. It's the same sort of things but they are presented with style and class. Sometimes we don't see the entire monster. Remember how that works? Even when we do, they don't try to get too cute.

At least the heroine is smart enough to make her way through this story. She knows to research the phenomena and she confronts her visions. The ultimate explanation is consistently supernatural. It's a phenomenon that existed before her, not just something that conspired to happen for the sake of this story. It goes beyond what the initial flashes lead you to believe and achieves real suspense in the finale.

There are some fake scares, like things that are not even real. Distinguish this from the unreal visions that are actually her visions. Those are part of the story, but the flashes that aren't even her visions are just there for scares. And is there no alternate to the piercing music swell?

Again, I was watching the drama about a blind person who accomplished more than Rutger Hauer in Blind Fury. There were some ghosts in it too.

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