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EYE SEE YOU
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Panavision)
Sound formats: Dolby Digital / DTS / SDDS
Suffering from depression following a recent trauma, an FBI agent (Sylvester Stallone) seeks treatment at an isolated therapy center in the Wyoming mountains, where he's stalked by the very same maniac who murdered his wife...
Standard slasher stuff, with an upmarket cast (including Kris Kristofferson, Tom Berenger, Charles S. Dutton, Robert Patrick, Sean Patrick Flanery, etc.) and an unusual setting, but the plot conforms to expectations and offers few surprises along the way, despite its origins as a novel ('Jitter Joint') by Howard Swindle. Dean Semler's cinematography makes the most of some bleak locations, but Ron L. Brinkerhoff's script wanders aimlessly from set-piece to set-piece, with routine precision. Stallone is OK in the role of a reluctant hero, forced to confront his demons under extreme duress, though most of the other characters are mere fodder for the rampaging killer (Flanery, in particular, is wasted in a thankless role). The murders are unpleasant, though not especially graphic.
Director Jim Gillespie struck box office gold several years earlier with the superior shocker I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER (1997), but EYE SEE YOU failed to repeat the winning formula of that earlier film: It opened to poor reviews in Europe (under the much better title D-TOX) before going straight to video in the US, signalling a terminal downturn in Stallone's cinematic fortunes.
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The great thing that happens with me and Sly movies is that I never never have great expectations when I rent one of his movies. More or less, I know what I'm gonna get. That was no different with Eye see You (now I found out about the D-Tox title).
The movie could be described in one word: PREDICTABLE. People here are saying that the killer was discovered too early in the movie. Jeez, I knew who was it since he opened his mouth at the "clinic". That would put me off with any other movie but not this time. I managed to enjoy the whole thing. I am not really sure why. Maybe it was the fact that I was truly touched with the main character trauma. Or maybe it's the fact that the killer's motivations were political: (the State's use of force, natural selection..) Yeah, I know that was only explored by the director in the opening credits but it still kept me interested throughout the movie. For example, because of that I knew which one of the cops would be the first one to get killed at the clinic. Unfortunately, the director or the writer didn't follow that logic with the rest of the killings.
At the end, this a so-so Sly movie. And even though I can't help but to feel weird when I watch Stallone crying, I'll admit that he got me all sad in the first part of the movie. Thanks to the writer/director for not showing him falling in love with another woman. That would've been a big no no.
So, bottom line? If you don't expect much, you might end it up liking it.
I'll admit that this isn't Academy Award material but when I saw this movie (entitled "Eye See You"), I thought that the cast and director did a good job of keeping the suspense going. The only problem was that they allowed the audience to know who was the killer too early. Other than that, it wasn't half bad.
I rented this movie simply because I'm a unapologetic Stallone fan, and my
curiousity got the best of me.
I didn't think it was as bad as most straight to video releases, however it wasn't without many faults.
I thought that they featured the less able actors like Robert Patrick and Christopher Fulford, when they had the talent of Kristofferson and Dutton yet sorely underused them. Stallone did better than I expected as he drastically strays from what made him a household name. Yet the moments he seems the most comfortable are the gun-toting, no lines, Stallone moments. Still good though. I thought that the identity of the killer was revealed too early and the method in which he was, (the matchbook) wasn't all that great either.
5 out of 10, good pass of two hours
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Stallone travels into a winter wonderland to have a slasher movie. He's a burnt out cop recuperating in some frozen gulag. How anyone could get healthy in a place like that is beyond me. Faster than it takes to blink, a serial killer springs out of the snow and decides he hates cops, especially Stallone. The battle is on.
The movie zoomed ahead without a second of mystery or suspense. It couldn't wait to end. It actually started off semi-interesting. Once Stallone hits the D-Tox center however, the filmmakers took a weed whacker to the movie. It moved like a Michael Bay movie on steroids.
Stallone did have a cool fight at the end with the killer. I'll give it that. But it's all "been there, done that". I think the filmmakers figured that out about the midway point and hit the gas pedal to the finish line.
I can't understand why the studio hid this movie from the public. I'm an
avid moviegoer/renter/buyer and happened to "stumble" across "Eye See You"
on the new release section of my favorite BB Video. To my knowledge, the
film never played Ft. Lauderdale. Good Lord! Just seeing the names of the
cast that was assembled was worth the price of admission or rental. Sly, Tom
Berenger, Sean Patrick Flannery, Robert Patrick, Kris Kristofferson(looking
better than he has in years), Stephen Lang, Robert Patrick, Dina Meyer, the
luscious Polly Walker ("Enchanted April"), Charles Dutton, Courtney B.
Vance, Christopher Fulford, and B'way's Robert Prosky.
The plot is loosely the same as Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians" or "And Then There Were None" where a strong ensemble of ten actors are killed off one at a time without the audience being given a clue as to whom the murderer is until the last fifteen minutes. It's a murder mystery/suspense thriller/horror flick all rolled into one. There are 10 deleted scenes on the DVD which ALL should have been included in the final cut as the film only runs 96 minutes. The additional fifteen minutes of footage would have enhanced the theatrical version. The only criticism I could find was in the photography and lighting. The movie takes place mostly in night scenes with tons and tons of snow, ice, and blowing winds. It sometimes becomes impossible to see who is doing what to whom. The music for the film is just right and builds as if in an Hitchcock film. If you didn't think the movie wasn't worth seven bucks at the box office, it's certainly worth every cent of the rental price. Rent it, go home, light a log in the fireplace, turn the lights way down low and hit the "Play Movie" icon on the DVD, sit back and enjoy the ride! It's a great evening's entertainment. Sly, who proved himself to be a non-action actor in "Copland" is equally as good in "Eye See You"!!
Here we have Sly as the FBI agent, Malloy, chasing a cop-killer with killing
of 9 officers under his belt and intense interest in Malloy. After almost
drinking himself to death, he finally agrees to seek help in a secluded
institution specially for stressed out officers. Soon Malloy start
suspecting that not everything is on order at the institution, as unusually
many deaths seem to occur within its walls.
I had read so many bad things about this film, that I didn't expect much.
But I was reasonable happy with it. D-Tox has a breath of fresh air about
it, with an unusual story, and interesting blend of action, thriller and
human misery. Interesting that rather good group of actors came together
there with evenly distributed screen time. The filming is interesting,
and the institution itself very thrilling. Sly was also in unusual role
her, but it seems that he is picking roles more and more of ordinary guys,
allowing himself to display more of his acting ability often sadly
questioned due to his pick of roles rather then anything else.
But the film had its flaws. It seemed to be made for low budget, and suffer for it. Conversations were short and no real emotional interaction between characters, leaving all these good actors without an opportunity to shine. What saves it, is that it keeps you interested, and is about the best role I've seen Sly in for a long time (including the much praised Get Carter, which I hated). 6/10
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One thing you can say about D-Tox is that it isn't afraid to get its hands
dirty: the director does a great job conjuring up an atmosphere of menace
and dread, and it's good to see a major star in what is essentially a horror
film. For me though, the movie has a fatal flaw.
The premise that allows the traumatised cops to be picked off one-by-one at a remote detoxing institute is just not credible: it is never adequately explained why anyone would want to set up a recouperation unit in quite the most bleak and depressing of surroundings. The last thing patients undergoing mental-health treatment need is to be locked away in a cold metal bunker with all the charm of a Victorian madhouse. Their isolation is compounded by the darkness of the building's interior, the appalling weather conditions outdoors and the lack of distractions in the form of TV, games etc.
It is fine aesthetically and suits the overall mood, but it would never happen in a million years.
If, unlike me, you can get beyond this underlying problem, D-Tox is a powerfully rendered thriller in the mould of Seven. Stallone does well to convey his character's mental disintegration after the sickening murder of his girlfriend by the serial killer he has been chasing. His life has collapsed about him, and so unfortunate is this man, it seems perfectly feasible that the killer should pursue him to the one place where he hopes to find peace.
The tension mounts as disputes break out amongst the handful of patients, and as the murders begin (the first two disguised as suicides), the unit's owner and therapist-in-chief (Kris Kristofferson) starts to lose the confidence of his group.
In a development borrowing heavily from Carpenter's The Thing, it becomes clear that the killer is one of the patients, and events develop into a tense stand-off.
The revelation of the killer's identity is almost too sudden and is arrived at too easily given the build-up we have endured. What's more, there is a gaping plot hole that seems to make it a nonsense. The murderer is an Englishman going by the name of Slater, a US cop who's identity and badge the killer took along with his life. Despite this, "Slater" has been masquerading an a Met Police officer from London.....in which case, alarm bells would surely have sounded when Kristoffersen clocked "his" American warrant card?
The last twenty minutes of the film do no justice to the tension and intrigue of the earlier scenes, as we hurtle towards a predictable and disappointing climax.
Nevertheless, D-Tox is an interesting effort and a worthwhile change of direction for Stallone.
Two stars out of five.
This film has a very destructive plot. Right on the beginning, Stallone's
wife is murdered. He(Sly) becomes an suicidal alcoholic and throughout the
film all you will see is more people being killed by this same murderer.
Besides his advanced age, Stallone is still in a pretty good shape. But, if you are expecting to see a typical Sylvester Stallone action movie, do not go to see this. The director from "I know what you did Last Summer" has made this a horror/suspense movie. And, besides the tons of action that are thrown at you in the beginning, this story is mostly non-action.
The acting in this movie is at least interesting. Stallone is ok, but it is Robert Patrick's performance of a tough man that really draws attention. It is easily his best performance ever(you will even see him crying). I was also surprised to see Tom Berenger in this movie. He has a very secondary role, but was very convincing as the janitor of an isolated rehab on the Alaska(I´m almost certain its there).
I hope this is as far as Stallone wants to go from his action movies that turned him into a famous actor. I'll give this one a 6 out of 10.
Okay so why was this flick not shown in USA theatres? Its a great flick...Sylvester Stallone, Robert Patrick, and others star in this film about an FBI agent who goes into Detox after witnessing a violent murder (one that deeply affects him as it is a personal matter). Great acting by all other actors, my only regret is that I didnt get to see this in the theatres.
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