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The Girl from the Naked Eye (2012)

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When Sandy, a call girl at "The Naked Eye", ends up dead, her friend and only ally in the world, Jake, goes on a manhunt to find out who killed her.

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Larry Madill (screenplay), David Ren (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Yee ... Jake
Samantha Streets ... Sandy
Ron Yuan ... Simon
Dominique Swain ... Alissa
Gary Stretch ... Frank
Jerry Ying ... Johnny (as Jerry C. Ying)
Sasha Grey ... Lena
Wilson Jermaine Heredia ... Bobby
Chris Ufland ... Edward Bates
Assaf Cohen ... Miles
Brandy Grace Brandy Grace ... Angela (as Brandy M. Grace)
James Lew ... Eddie
Pete Antico ... Detective #1 (as Peter Scott Antico)
Kovar McClure ... Detective #2 (as Kovar D. McClure)
Lateef Crowder ... Maximillion
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Jake is a driver for a seedy escort service operating out of 'The Naked Eye strip club', he's a street thug type who falls for a witty high-class escort named Sandy. Except one night Sandy is found murdered, the only clues left behind are cell phone calls made the night she died. To avenge Sandy's death Jake must risk everything and walk a bloody path to find her killer. Written by J

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How far would you go if the only girl you ever loved was murdered?


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Rated R for violence, sexual content and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Devojka iz kluba Golo oko See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,185, 15 June 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,401, 21 June 2012
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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (some scenes)

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2.35 : 1
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The bar that Samantha Streets and Jason Yee's characters go to have a drink and dance in a flashback is the same bar that Rosario Dawson and Josh Hartnett's characters have a drink and dance in Girl Walks Into a Bar. See more »

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"I fell in love once before I died..."

THE GIRL FROM THE NAKED EYE is one of those movies of which I'm torn between high and low ratings, because even though it excels on all levels of DTV cinema, it does so unevenly. It's one of the few movies I had actively anticipated to see, and the fact that I waited for so long probably raised my expectations to counterproductive levels...but rest assured, it's a good film. A very good film, if you're thinking strictly in terms of DTV action. Oh what the heck - have four stars, movie.

The story: when a young call girl (Samantha Streets) is mysteriously killed, her only friend (Jason Yee) must untangle a deadly urban web to find the murderer.

Be aware, folks, that this is basically an action-packed neo noir flick - something like SIN CITY without superhuman characters but with a lot more martial arts. It's pulled off surprisingly well, by a surprisingly good cast: Jason Yee is yards ahead of Seagal or Statham as a dramatic action hero, and Samantha Streets is no mere pretty face; and along with an expectedly good performance by Gary Stretch as a dirty cop and an amazingly adept portrayal by Ron Yuan as a pimp, there's a pretty good ensemble to be had here. The script has obviously also been given a good deal of attention, as it feels more like a genuine feature nearly ready for a theatrical release than the typical made-for-DVD dreck. However, regardless of how skillfully it handles the drama throughout its first three-quarters of runtime, the finale disappoints by more or less dropping the solution of the mystery into your lap and then ending sort of unenthusiastically. I'm not sure whether the script writers (including Yee himself) ran out of steam or just couldn't get the ending filmed properly, but I was disappointed either way.

The film's trailer gave the impression that the movie's action content would be one I could really sink my teeth into, and it's true...for the most part. I've admired choreographer Ron Yuan's work ever since watching Angel of Death, and I daresay that NAKED EYE here is his best offering to date. Sadly, it's not as consistent as I would have liked. Twenty minutes in, the film first displays its adrenaline clout via a series of brief exchanges that expertly showcase Yuan's convincing yet liberal style: the vast majority of the fights look realistic enough to actually happen, yet there's no skimping on impressive kicks. A few minor scuffles here and there keep things alive until an ultimately disappointing club brawl. I thought for sure that the movie had failed in its action content when Yee's two battles with the usually-amazing Lateef Crowder didn't exactly do either man justice, but then the film threw a fastball at me in the form of an incredibly pleasing four-on-one fight in a hallway filmed in a single shot with a single camera - easily one of the best fights I've seen this year.

The occasional digital backdrop and digital blood during the fights give the impression that this is a cheap movie, but don't be fooled - it's classier than most things on the market with a similar budget, with swell cinematography and a memorable soundtrack. Having expected neither, I'm happy to say that while the film didn't meet some of my expectations, it outdid others just by being much more competent than anticipated. There's a good chance that people who don't view it on its terms won't have as much fun with it as me, but general martial arts fans, leisurely noir aficionados, and people who've spent the last five years waiting for a new Jason Yee vehicle should definitely be entertained.


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