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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.

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Mrs. Hillman (as Karen Austin)
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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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Rated PG-13 for violence/terror and disturbing content | See all certifications »

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1 February 2008 (USA)  »

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Oko  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,425,776 (USA) (3 February 2008)

Gross:

$31,418,697 (USA) (10 April 2008)
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Jessica Alba was shocked at how much co-directors Xavier Palud and David Moreau smoked, but was impressed by their creativity and taste in food. See more »

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When Helen drives Sydney home from the hospital, the camera outside the passenger seat window is reflecting in Sydney's sunglasses. See more »

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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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Featured in Getaway: Episode #17.6 (2008) See more »

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Denver Boot
(from "The Dresden Files")
Written by Robert J. Kral
Courtesy of Lionsgate
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Another blinking remake!
25 March 2008 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

With virtually every successful Asian horror movie of the last few years having already been remade by Hollywood, it was only a matter of time before Gin gwai (AKA The Eye) got the treatment, despite the original not really being all that great (I found it fairly entertaining, but unexceptional—my rating: 6/10).

Jessica Alba plays Sydney Wells, a blind violinist who receives a cornea transplant only to discover that her new set of peepers allow her to see much more than she had originally bargained for: Sydney can see dead people!! Aided by her doctor, she attempts to unravel the terrible secret behind her scary supernatural power.

Directed by David Moreau and Xavier Palud, The Eye is a totally unnecessary and dreary remake that copies parts of original verbatim, alters scenes that should have been left well alone (the creepy cafe meat-licking scene has gone, and the downbeat ending has been swapped for a typical Hollywood crowd pleaser), and totally botches what should be the scariest bit of the whole film (the lift scene is VERY disappointing).

Take my advice: If you've already seen Gin gwai, then stay away from The Eye.


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