Eagle Eye

Featured In Issue 138, January/February 2009

WSR Score4.5
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DreamWorks Home Entertainment
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Intense sequences of action and violence, and language
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D.J. Caruso
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In Eagle Eye, everyday technology takes a frightening turn in a high-tech, race-against-time cyber-thriller with unexpected plot twists and pulse-pounding action sequences. Jerry (LaBeouf) and Rachel (Monaghan) are two strangers thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations, using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move. (Gary Reber)

Special features include three HD deleted scenes (HD 3:31); an alternate ending (HD 1:07); the Asymmetrical Warfare: The Making Of Eagle Eye documentary (HD 25:32); an Eagle Eye On Location: Washington, D.C. featurette (HD 5:58); the Is My Cell Phone Spying On Me? featurette (HD 9:14); the Shall We Play A Game? conversation between Director D.J. Caruso and his mentor John Badham—the director of War Games (HD 9:22); a Road Trip featurette (HD 3:05); a gag reel (HD 7:00); a photo gallery; and the theatrical trailer.

The 1080p AVC 2.40:1 picture quality is outstanding, with superb color fidelity, excellent contrast, deep rich blacks, and finely delineated shadows. Colors are naturally rendered with accurate fleshtones. Resolution is sharp, with fine textures and skin pores perfectly resolved. All sorts of textures and gadgetry reveal intricate details. Contrast and dimensionality are excellent, even in the darkest scenes, no doubt due to the superb skills of Cinematographer Dariusz Wolski. There is no apparent noise or other artifacts, for a pristine picture experience and a first-rate reference quality film. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtrack is well crafted, with exciting sound effects and bold dynamics. Bass extension is deep, with powerful LFE .1 effects, extending to below 25 Hz. The early interior scenes has minimal spatial support, with prominent dialogue. As the movie progresses, surround envelop-ment becomes holosonically® engrossing with aggressive directionalized surrounds and a wide and deep stereo soundstage. Dialogue always sounds natural, even though much is ADR produced, with excellent spatial integration per the action on-screen. The symphonic orchestral score is well recorded, with a wide and deep soundstage that wraps well into the surrounds. This is an exciting soundtrack with, at times, full-on SPL levels in all channels that will excite your adrenaline levels. (Gary Reber)