The Eye

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Rating: R

Starring:
Angelica Lee as Mun
Lawrence Chou as Dr. Wah
Chutcha Rujinanon as Ling
Yut Lai So as Yingying
Candy Lo as Yee
Yin Ping Ko as Mun’s grandmother
Pierre Png as Dr. Eak
Edmund Chen as Dr. Lo
Wai-Ho Yung as Mr. Ching

Special Features:
Making Of Video
Theatrical Trailer
TV Spot
Previews
Weblinks

Other Info:
Widescreen – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions
Running Time: 98 Minutes

Synopsis:
This movie was originally made in Thailand in 2002. It is subtitled in English.

After a blind woman named Mun gets a cornea transplant, she’s able to see the world for the first time since she was two. However, she’s also able to see something else. Mun can now see ghosts wandering around Hong Kong. Not only that, she’s also able to see shadowy figures that usher some of the ghosts into the spiritual world.

Terrified of her newfound vision, she consults with her doctor about her problems. He’s reluctant to believe her at first, but he eventually becomes convinced that she’s telling the truth. They then begin a quest to find out who donated the corneas and what, if any, answers the donor holds to this supernatural phenomena.

The Eye is rated R for some disturbing images.

The Movie:
This film is essentially an Asian variation of The Sixth Sense. Both characters see dead people. Both try to get their powers under control. Both are haunted by frightening and sometimes misunderstood ghosts. I guess the only things that keep it from seeming like a total ripoff are the Asian setting, the unique scary scenarios our heroine is put through, and the twists and turns in the plot. Being a big fan of The Sixth Sense, I ended up liking The Eye a lot.

The Eye sets up a few great scary moments. There’s a scene with a ghost in an elevator that will probably make you use the stairs for weeks afterwards. A scene where a ticked off ghost tries to chase Mun out of a chair is also pretty unsettling. Mun also doesn’t always know the people she’s seeing are ghosts. She talks frequently with a child that she believes is a neighbor. She also thinks a boy crossing the street is living…until he passes through her. The Eye also adds in the additional twist of having shadowy angels ushering the dead away from earth. (Think of Ghost.) The only thing that keeps it from being really scary is the fact that the ghosts never do Mun any physical harm like they did in The Sixth Sense.

I’m generally not a big fan of foreign films, but I had no problems with The Eye. The story was pretty engrossing and the Asian setting made it exotic and gave it an additional creepy edge. The fact that the actors were unfamiliar also made them all the more believable in their roles. They all did excellent jobs in their performances. Overall, The Eye is an interesting psychological drama that is worth checking out.

The Extras:
The main extra on this DVD is a “making of” video. It features the cast and crew discussing various aspects of the film. The writers and directors talk about real life events and supernatural experiences that inspired the film. The cast talk about their characters and motivations behind them. There was also a real life disaster that inspired the one in the climax of the movie. All of this is supplemented with interesting behind the scenes footage. It’s about 15 minutes long and worth viewing if you liked the film.

The Bottom Line:
The Eye is a creepy drama that fans of The Sixth Sense will want to check out.

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