Eye of the Storm (1991)
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This movie steals many elements from some classic suspense flicks like "Psycho" or "Blue Velvet" without reaching the intensity of those original masterpieces. A part of the human and tragic story of the two brothers, this movie adds nothing interesting to the genre at all. The plot is very thin, the dialogues are sometimes very artificial, the filming is rather old fashioned and some elements like the desert storm are completely unnecessary and add nothing to the main plot. The whole thing truly gets ridiculous in the end when the final showdown almost fails to find an end. I'm a little bit surprised that actors like Hopper and Boyle who have worked with the "crème de la crème" of Hollywood writers and directors have accepted acting in this weak flick.
What keeps me away from giving an even lower rating to this movie can be resumed in a couple of points. First of all, the opening scene is rather heavy to digest and a good way to kick this movie off. We have the true highlight right in the beginning. Another good point is the acting of some of the characters. The blind brother is well and emotionally played and the weird villain is a signature role for a great actor like Dennis Hopper. The other two main characters do a rather weak job in here though and the interactions between them are poor. I was negatively surprised by Lara Flynn Boyle that did a great job at almost the same time in the "Twin Peaks" series. Another good aspect is the emotional background story of the two brothers and their tragic fate.
I really can't suggest this film to fans of psycho thrillers or suspense flicks. This movie isn't even worth to be bought at a low price or rented at your local gas station. I am happy I only saw it on television and had at least some more or less entertaining hours in a relaxed atmosphere. Go for any other suspense movie I have mentioned in my reviews if your looking for a better genre flick.
The film is well made, with top notch photography & lighting and atmosphere to spare. It does deliver a fairly ominous finale when the storm of the title finally hits. But, chief among the problems, "Eye of the Storm" tips its hand way too early and, as a result, fails to ever be surprising. The opening is well staged, but things really hit their stride once Boyle and Hopper show up. Hopper, at least, is worth watching; the late, great actor & filmmaker could make just about anything worth a look. Eccentric roles like Marvin have always fit him like a glove. But things just aren't the same once he's written out of the story. Things also get positively silly when a particular character simply refuses to die and keeps plugging ahead like a slasher movie villain.
Besides Hopper, the other actors fare reasonably well. Sheffer is good, and Gregg does succeed at evoking some sympathy. Boyle and Hopper play off each other well. Leon Rippy ('Saving Grace', 'Deadwood') turns up briefly as the sheriff; Ally Walker ("Universal Soldier") and Wilhelm von Homburg ("Die Hard", "Ghostbusters 2") are memorable as the lowlifes in the opening prologue.
This viewer would hesitate to actually recommend this one, which now appears to be somewhat forgotten, unless they're devoted fans of the cast.
Six out of 10.