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1 The eye on Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:19 am


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Plot

Sydney Wells is a successful classical violinist who has been blind since the age of five. Fifteen years later, Sydney undergoes a cornea transplant, which causes her eyesight to return, a bit blurry at first. As time goes on, Sydney's vision begins to clear; however, she also begins experiencing terrifying visions, mostly of fire and of people dying. The bulk of the rest of the film concerns Sydney unravelling the mystery of the visions, and trying to convince others, primarily her visual therapist, Paul Faulkner, who becomes a helpmate in her quest. She knows that she is not going insane.

She finds herself in Mexico, where the donated corneas were originally from. The fire and people dying are the result of an industrial accident that the former donor foretold and shortly after that hung herself because she could not stop the accident from occurring. Sydney puts the spirit to rest, and began her trek home. As Sydney and Paul wait in a queue of vehicles to cross the border, a high speed police chase ends with the fugitive crashing through the border barriers and into a tanker full of gasoline.

Sydney, able to still see the death silhouettes, begins to try to get everyone she can off the highway. The tanker explodes from a spark in the getaway car's engine, and Sydney is blinded by flying glass. After recovering at a hospital, she returns to her life as a blind violinist, though with a more optimistic view of her condition.
[edit] Cast

Jessica Alba as Sydney Wells/Wong Kar Mun
Alessandro Nivola as Dr. Paul Faulkner/Dr Wah
Parker Posey as Helen Wells/Yee (Mun's sister)
Rade Serbedzija as Simon McCullough
Fernanda Romero as Ana Cristina Martinez/Ling
Rachel Ticotin as Rosa Martinez/Ling's Mother
Chloë Moretz as Alicia Milstone/Ying Ying
Tamlyn Tomita as Mrs. Cheung/The Boy's Mother (The Boy's mother did not appear in the original, the father appeared)
Landall Goolsby as Alex
Brett A. Haworth as Shadowman

[edit] Themes

Using the pretext of a psychological thriller and paranormal experiences, the film explores mental illnesses such as the monothematic delusion known as Mirrored self-misidentification.

Other themes include the concept of precognition, or premonition, perhaps becoming a popular cultural crossover from Asian beliefs about the unknown – since this film was a remake of a Hong Kong horror flick, and still retains Asian themes in the 2008 version.
[edit] Production

Remake rights to the Pang brothers' original 2002 Hong Kong film, The Eye, were purchased by Cruise/Wagner Productions. This American remake follows Naina, a Hindi movie released in 2005, that is also based on the Pang Brothers' film. Another notable point is that there was a movie titled Kokila (1990) in Telugu, the third-most spoken Indian language, which had a very similar story. The protagonist in the film loses his eyes and has them transplanted from a hermit who has been murdered. The protagonist starts seeing the hermit's murder repeatedly, and the officer investigating that murder stumbles on the protagonist, and they eventually arrest the assassin, after which the protagonist gets normal vision. Whether the Indian film in a regional language influenced Kokila is not known.

The band Blaqk Audio provided instrumental versions of the songs, "Between Breaths" and "The Love Letter" that were used in trailers and on the official website for the 2008 film. In response to the buzz it created, Jade Puget of the electronic duo suggested a possible public release of all the CexCells songs in instrumental form.

Alba spent much time with the blind soprano Jessica Bachicha to learn about how blind people lived, used the white cane, read Braille etc.

A similar movie was planned by Alfred Hitchcock many years ago, as referenced in Patrick McGilligan's Biography, Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light. (as well as others). The movie was about a blind pianist and Alfred Hitchcock had hoped to get James Stewart to play the part. The pianist undergoes a breakthrough eye transplant surgery and sees images and things that the donor once saw, including a murder.
[edit] Filming

Exteriors were shot primarily in the Downtown Los Angeles area. The establishing hospital shots – wherein Sydney is supposed to have had her sight-restoring surgery – are of LAC/USC Medical Center in the Boyle Heights district; 3/4 shots looking north- and southeast of the main 18-floor-high central building (the same bldg. used for the television soap-opera General Hospital). Fictionally, the burned-out Chinese restaurant is supposed to be located just three-blocks from where Sydney lives; the exterior scene, in which Sydney is about to get into a taxicab and travel to Mexico, was filmed on 7th Street, just east of Figueroa, in the downtown area. Shots of Dr. Faulkner's office building are of the Forestry building at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Several other scenes, including outdoor shots, were shot in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[1]
[edit] Reception
[edit] Critical reception

The film received generally negative reviews from critics, many considering it inferior to the original. On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 22% of critics gave the film a positive review, based on 75 reviews.[2]

Jessica Alba was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actress.
[edit] Box office

The film opened in second place at the U.S box office with $12.4 million, matching its $12 million budget.[3] As of October 5, 2008, the film has a domestic gross of $31,418,697 with a foreign gross of $25,367,775 totaling an international gross of $56,786,472. In United Kingdom, it grossed $1,398,958 in its opening weekend at #2.
[edit] Home media

The film was released on DVD (as single- and two-disc editions) and Blu-ray Disc on June 3, 2008. The two-disc DVD and the Blu-ray Disc versions contain four featurettes – "Shadow World: The Paranormal Past", "Becoming Sydney", "Birth of the Shadowman" and "Dissecting a Disaster" –, deleted scenes, the theatrical trailer and a digital copy of the film for use on Windows and Mac computers.


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2 Re: The eye on Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:20 am

Ja sam ga upravo sad odgledala. Prejak je film. Stvarno je napet, od početka do kraja. Svima preporučujem. Odavno nisam odgledala bolji horor!


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3 Re: The eye on Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:41 am

Ja sam ga gledala daaaaaaavno, prije možda 2 godine prvi put. Super je. Gledali smo ga za prošlu Novu i derali se 'Brujaaa, brujaaa', al nismo izgovarali bruha nego baš bruJa xD I od tad se tako "strašimo" xD


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4 Re: The eye on Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:19 pm

Rock'n'Roll

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Jes jes....Gledala sam i ja


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Možda me neko božanstvo vara.
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Ja sanjam Mjesec, a sanjam i svoje oči koje ga primjećuju.
Sanjao sam veče i jutro prvog dana.
Sanjao sam Kartaginu i legije koje su Kartaginu opustošile.
Sanjao sam Lukana.
Sanjao sam brijeg Golgotu i krstove Rima.
Sanjao sam geometriju.
Sanjao sam tačku, pravu, ravan i zapreminu.
Sanjao sam žuto, crveno i plavo.
Sanjao sam mape svijeta i kraljevstva i crninu kad izlazi Sunce.
Sanjao sam nepojaman bol.
Sanjao sam sumnju i neizvjesnost.
Sanjao sam jučerašnji dan.
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5 Re: The eye on Sun Mar 20, 2011 3:01 am

xD Koji ste vi... Meni je film odličan! Čak sam se jednom i štrecnula. Kad je kamera oko nje letala pa ona sjenka kad joj je iskočila pred nos. A koji film.


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6 Re: The eye on Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:02 am

Rock'n'Roll

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pa jeste dobar film.Nisam ništa rekla.Samo 'BRUUUUUUUUJAAAAAAAA' XD


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"Jedini sam čovjek na Zemlji, a možda nema ni Zemlje ni čovjeka.
Možda me neko božanstvo vara.
Možda me neko božanstvo osudilo na vrijeme, tu dugu iluziju.
Ja sanjam Mjesec, a sanjam i svoje oči koje ga primjećuju.
Sanjao sam veče i jutro prvog dana.
Sanjao sam Kartaginu i legije koje su Kartaginu opustošile.
Sanjao sam Lukana.
Sanjao sam brijeg Golgotu i krstove Rima.
Sanjao sam geometriju.
Sanjao sam tačku, pravu, ravan i zapreminu.
Sanjao sam žuto, crveno i plavo.
Sanjao sam mape svijeta i kraljevstva i crninu kad izlazi Sunce.
Sanjao sam nepojaman bol.
Sanjao sam sumnju i neizvjesnost.
Sanjao sam jučerašnji dan.
Ali ja možda juče nisam ni imao, možda se nisam ni rodio.
Ja, ko zna, sanjam da sam sanjao." ~ Horhe Luis Borhes

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7 Re: The eye on Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:09 am

E to... Bruja.... xD


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8 Re: The eye on Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:08 am

Rock'n'Roll

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SJETILA SAM SE

Ti me užasno podsjećaš na Džesiku Albu!!!


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Možda me neko božanstvo vara.
Možda me neko božanstvo osudilo na vrijeme, tu dugu iluziju.
Ja sanjam Mjesec, a sanjam i svoje oči koje ga primjećuju.
Sanjao sam veče i jutro prvog dana.
Sanjao sam Kartaginu i legije koje su Kartaginu opustošile.
Sanjao sam Lukana.
Sanjao sam brijeg Golgotu i krstove Rima.
Sanjao sam geometriju.
Sanjao sam tačku, pravu, ravan i zapreminu.
Sanjao sam žuto, crveno i plavo.
Sanjao sam mape svijeta i kraljevstva i crninu kad izlazi Sunce.
Sanjao sam nepojaman bol.
Sanjao sam sumnju i neizvjesnost.
Sanjao sam jučerašnji dan.
Ali ja možda juče nisam ni imao, možda se nisam ni rodio.
Ja, ko zna, sanjam da sam sanjao." ~ Horhe Luis Borhes

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9 Re: The eye on Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:10 am

Ja??? O.O Zašto? Da nisam malo izgubljena ko ona u ovom filmu?


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