Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) is a young man who has yet to find himself and is biding his time when he receives a mysterious call on his cell phone. He doesn't recognize the female voice which threatens him that his loved ones will be killed if he doesn't follow her orders. Thinking it a prank or just some nut, he goes on about his life only to discover thousands of dollars have suddenly been deposited in his previously- overdrawn bank account and that enough guns and ammunition have been delivered to his apartment to start his own army. Meanwhile, a young single mother named Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan) is similarly being blackmailed, only her orders are decidedly on the side of evil. The plot moves along swiftly to Washington DC for the President's State of the Union address is imminent. The FBI Agent (Billy Bob Thornton) who was investigating the arms sent to Jerry is starting to see the threads come together.
For all of the flack this movie has taken, it's actually a pretty decent little thriller. We don't see five steps ahead. We don't see two steps ahead. Except for the paralells to other conspiracy thrillers, if you just sit back and enjoy the ride, "Eagle Eye" delivers a very satisfying evening of entertainment.
Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our January, 2009 issue.
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