The Eye (2008)

The Eye (2008)

The Eye (2008)

In this remake of Hong Kong horror Jian Gui, Jessica Alba plays Sydney, a Los Angeles-based, blind concert violinist. After undergoing double corneal transplant surgery, shereceives help in adjusting to reality from neural ophthalmologist Dr. Paul Faulkner (Alessandro Nivola) and her older sister Helen (Parker Posey). But Sydney's happiness is short lived and she begins to see frightening shadowy images. Her friends and family call her crazy, but she is convinced that her anonymous eye donor has given her a link to a terrifying supernatural world that only she can see.

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Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

flicks

The Eye is no exception to the general rule that remakes of Asian horror films never live up to the original. It suffers from a desperate lack of invention and a meandering plotline that seems to make itself up as it goes along.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

This slick effort is effectively creepsome until it bogs down somewhat in plot explication.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Louder and more literal than its inspiration, The Eye benefits from a spiky performance by Alessandro Nivola as Sydney’s rehabilitation counselor. “Your eyes are not the problem,” he tells her at one point. He is so, so right.

Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

A tediously noisesome English-language remake of an Asian horror picture that wasn't any great shakes to begin with.

1.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The random dead people in her elevator and hallway don't really add much to this story, and the Sixth Sense I-see-dead-people routine feels a bit old. The well-timed classic horror music does a great job of building up to revealing a ghost or piece of action, and along with the figures of death is suppose to contribute to a frightening atmosphere, but somehow The Eye doesn't seem terribly scary at all.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Sacrifices the quietly creepy qualities of the original in favor of ramped-up horror film techniques that by now seem distressingly familiar.

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

flicks

The Eye is no exception to the general rule that remakes of Asian horror films never live up to the original. It suffers from a desperate lack of invention and a meandering plotline that seems to make itself up as it goes along.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

This slick effort is effectively creepsome until it bogs down somewhat in plot explication.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Louder and more literal than its inspiration, The Eye benefits from a spiky performance by Alessandro Nivola as Sydney’s rehabilitation counselor. “Your eyes are not the problem,” he tells her at one point. He is so, so right.

Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

A tediously noisesome English-language remake of an Asian horror picture that wasn't any great shakes to begin with.

1.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The random dead people in her elevator and hallway don't really add much to this story, and the Sixth Sense I-see-dead-people routine feels a bit old. The well-timed classic horror music does a great job of building up to revealing a ghost or piece of action, and along with the figures of death is suppose to contribute to a frightening atmosphere, but somehow The Eye doesn't seem terribly scary at all.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Sacrifices the quietly creepy qualities of the original in favor of ramped-up horror film techniques that by now seem distressingly familiar.

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