The Eye (Film)

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Director: David Moreau, Xavier Palud
Cast: Jessica Alba, Parker Posey, Alessandro Nivola, Tamlyn Tomita, Chloe Moretz
RunTime: 97 minutes
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Rating: PG

The Eye (Jian Gui) remains as one of my top 3 Asian horror films, alongside with The Ring and Shutter. Strangely, both the directors The Pang Brothers and actress Angelica Lee did not have the same amount of success of following films (and of course Lawrence Chow and Singapore's Pierre Png are conveniently forgotten.)

Taking the elevator alone at night and buying roast pork from that old auntie somehow never felt the same.

We all know how Hollywood remakes of Asian horror are all very disappointing, failing to recreate the same kind of eeriness and back-to-basics shock factors.

I mean, Jessica Alba? Eye candies don't work for The Eye. Sure she is very gorgeous as the blind Sydney Wells, but who can really believe that she is traumatized and disturbed. The picture perfect actress shows that she can drink a Tiger a lot better than act, and her opening line was one of the most unexpressive one in my cinematic experience. The rest of the supporting cast is completely forgettable.

The good news is the Hollywood version is a lot more straightforward and popcorn friendly, but the horror moments almost turned into laughable ones. Some of the climatic moments such as the boy in the raincoat, and woman in the restaurant just throw you into disbelief.

The Eye - Seeing it can be disbelieving

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