out of 4
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Starring: Angelica Lee, Lawrence Chou|
Director: Danny Pang
RunTime: 100 Minutes
Release Date: June 2003
Genres: Horror, Foreign
|*Also starring: ||Chutcha Rujinanon, Yut Lai So, Candy Lo, Yin Ping Ko, Pierre Png, Edmund Chen, Wai-Ho Yung, Wilson Yip||
Review by Steve Rhodes|
2 stars out of 4
Mun (Lee Sin-Je), an attractive, young Chinese woman, has a major problem in
THE EYE (JIAN GUI). Having just gotten the gift of sight for the first
time, thanks to a cornea donor, she finds that her new visions are just too
much to bear since she sees dead people. And not just a few. The walking
-- and floating -- dead people hound her like beggars in third world
countries. Typical of these is a young, dead boy still looking for his
report card. He committed suicide over the embarrassment of losing it.
Mun's dead visitors usually appear out of nowhere to the accompaniment of
loud sounds in order to scare the audience. Any sudden blast will have you
jumping, but THE EYE loses its effectiveness because of its repetition.
Even if it's a well made horror movie, it is pretty predictable, save one
nice ending twist.
Taking itself too seriously, it eschews even a minute of humor. Never does
one of Mun's apparitions turn out to be anything other than dead. Why
couldn't one of the supposedly dead bodies surprise us by turning out to be
alive? Given the story's repetition, some lighter moments would have been
appreciated as would a few more twists. If you're in the mood for a horror
movie, the frequently cheesy WRONG TURN, now playing in theaters, is a lot
more fun and frightening.
THE EYE runs 1:38. The film is in Cantonese, Mandarin and Thai with English
subtitles. It is not rated but would be an R for horror and violence and
would be acceptable for most teenagers.
Copyright © 2003 Steve Rhodes
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