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The Eye (2008)

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A woman receives an eye transplant that allows her to see into the supernatural world. Remake of the Hong Kong film "Jian Gui".

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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.

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How Can You Believe Your Eyes When They're Not Yours? See more »

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Rated PG-13 for violence/terror and disturbing content | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£704,655 (UK) (25 April 2008)

Gross:

£1,783,992 (UK) (16 May 2008)
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Jessica Alba declared that while she'd been wanting to do a horror thriller for a long time, she didn't want to do a slasher where each character dies in a more outrageous and bloody way, whereas she found this film to be elegant and very well written and her character Sydney to be elaborate and very interesting, thus enabling her to stretch her acting abilities. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Dr. Faulkner gives Sydney her donor's information, we can see the distance between the taxi and a Fedex Kinko's office change. As the taxi is taking off, the Fedex office starts to look more distant. When Faulkner stops the taxi abruptly and makes Sydney get off it, the distance between the taxi and Fedex has shrunk considerably. This implies that the taxi went forward and then backward, when it was clearly just going forward. See more »

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[first lines]
Teen on Skateboard: Oh, shit. Thanks. I didn't see that.
Sydney Wells: Neither did I.
Sydney Wells: [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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Features The Dresden Files (2007) See more »

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Denver Boot
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Cookie cutter rip-off with unneeded changes
2 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you watch this movie, be aware that Gin-Gwai (The Eye)came first. There have even been two sequels. The third one was called The Eye 10 as a marketing ploy by the US director. It is truly awful, so avoid it like the plague.

That being said, the thing that both US influenced versions have are a total lack of creativity, suspense, or originality. It is a pity that Ms. Alba chose this role, as it was merely a shell of the original film. Every scene was reproduced in a typical US-dumbed down format, with typical cheap Friday the 13th scares thrown in. This version ironically lost sight of the original vision of the Pang Brother's classic. Instead, they change key plot elements to "add to" the suspense, IE: American audiences can't think, so we have to hold up a sign that says "SCREAM".

Do yourself and others a favor and rent, or even better buy a copy of the original. You will not be disappointed. Sadly, the same cannot be said for yet another cheap, unimaginative, 80's camp pile of garbage rip-off in the mold of The Grudge, Hide and Seek, and Dark Water. Don't even waste your time downloading this tripe.


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