The violinist Sydney Wells has been blind since she was five years old due to an accident. She submits to a surgery of cornea transplantation to recover her vision, and while recovering from the operation, she realizes that she's having strange visions. With the support of Dr. Paul Faulkner, Sidney finds who the donor of her eyes and begins a journey to find out the truth behind her visions. Written by
Genesis Rojas, Caracas, Venezuela.
While filming at the University of British Columbia, Jessica Alba would often mess up her lines and upon doing so would systematically scream the F word at the top of her lungs. Eventually, the annoyed crew started echoing her screams throughout the building. See more »
When Sydney is at the Chinese restaurant, the meat that the cook was cutting is alternating between more and less cut. See more »
Teen on Skateboard:
Oh, shit. Thanks. I didn't see that.
Neither did I.
[voice-over while Sydney walks in the street and settles in a café]
People say seeing is believing, but for me, that's not entirely true. I lost my sight when I was five years old. Those memories of what I have seen have faded so much that I doubt I'd even recognize myself anymore. Now I see using my other senses. I can smell the rain before it drops, but I can't watch it fall. I can feel the sun on my face, but I can't see it rise...
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Having owned the Chinese version of The Eye, I wanted to see the American remake of the film--and compare it to the original, and the remake delivered as I expected...a total disappointment!! Some scenes, however, stayed close enough to it's original predecessor, but the scares were just plain cheap. Having loved the "why are you sitting in my chair" scene in the Chinese version as Wong Kar Mun was learning calligraphy, I could not wait to see what they did on this one; the scene took place in a crowded restaurant! I couldn't realize that the woman standing in front of Sydney Wells was a ghost until she looked around to realize nobody else acknowledged this apparition...and the scare was a total cheap spoof!! The ghost in the Chinese version comes towards Wong Kar a bit slower, but her appearance makes her creepier--that was scary...the loud track in it adds the kick to chill my spine every time I watch that scene.
Moreover, the death of Ying Ying was saddening for Wong Kar since she had a good friendship with the little girl, and it made the drama great, plus it helped in convincing Dr. Lo to believe his nephew's claim that Wong Kar could see ghosts. The scene with Sydney Wells having seen Alicia Millstone walk away with a demon(yes, I called it demon) out through the door was just quick and cold--almost insignificant; as if she didn't even care! I'm surprised Alicia didn't just tell Sydney "see you later, alligator" on her way out!! I could not tell whether she was dreaming or if she actually got up. either!! All I could do to this point was just roll my eyes and almost shout curses at the movie screen with disappointment; but I wanted to see how the ending sequence was executed in the remake.
Of course, Sydney and her new boyfriend/doctor saved everybody from the exploding truck--as far as the story went...everybody lived--and cost Sydney her new sight. Wow...I'm surprised Dr. Faulkner and Sydney didn't get on a white horse and rode into the sunset!! In the original version, however, Wong Kar Mun attempted in vain to get everybody out of their cars--they all saw her as if she was insane; and by ignoring her warning, it cost everyone of them their lives as the fuel tanker holding up the traffic exploded--geez, even the rat in the sewers got fried...and Wong Kar Mun was blinded by the flying debris once again.
Overall, the Chinese version proved much more superb by a mile ahead--but that is my opinion, nonetheless. Of course, many viewers have a big problem with reading subtitles; they prefer a dubbed movie over a subbed any day of the week, and remakes at times are the best substitute as far as they think. However, if the remakes continually become one disappointment after another just like this one, please just stop doing them overall.
As the phrase goes: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
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