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The Eye

The Eye
Starring:
Jessica Alba, Parker Posey and Alessandro Nivola


Rated: PG-13 
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: February 1, 2008 Released by: Lions Gate Films

Based on an Asian horror film, Jessica Alba stars as Sydney Wells, a talented blind concert violinist.

She lost her sight as a youngster in a fireworks mishap, but with urging from her sister (Parker Posey) and her surgeon (Alessandro Nivola), she undergoes a cornea transplant.

Her surgery has mixed results, she can see once again, but she also has terrible hallucinations of ghostly figures and ghastly, violent deaths. The surgeon can't explain and Sydney can not cope with the visions that are taking over her life.

Children play a large part in her bumpy recovery. Beside "seeing" gruesome deaths and suicides which involve kids, she meets a young, terminally ill girl in the hospital who tries to help her sort out what is happening.

Alba, as always, is great to look at, but she doesn't bring much else to the screen. However in her defense, the script lets her down by not providing a real scare at any time.

Filmmakers David Moreau and Xavier Palud use a number of tired shock gimmicks. Things that pop out suddenly just don't frighten us anymore. Also, scenes that ask "is it real or just a dream" are carried far better on TV's "The Medium."

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