She Sees Dead People
Release Date: February 01, 2008
Starring: Jessica Alba, Alessandro
Nivola and Parker Posey
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 96 minutes
Director: David Moreau and Xavier Palud
Executive Producer: Peter Block, Peter Chan, Doug
Davison, Mike Elliott, Roy
Lee, Michelle Manning, Darren
Miller, and Michael Paseornek
Producer: Don Granger and Paula Wagner
Writer: Sebastian Gutierrez
Address Comments To:Jon Feltheimer, CEO
Lionsgate AKA Lions Gate Films (Roadside Attractions)
2700 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 449-9200
Fax: (310) 255-3870
Sydney has been blind since she was five. Through the years, she has learned to use and trust her other senses. So, when she receives her new eye transplant, Sydney has a hard time adjusting to and trusting all of the new lights and imagery that she sees. However, Sydney also becomes acutely aware that she is seeing more than she should. Images of dead people, dark shadows that harvest the souls of those just departed, and ghastly visions of those about to die flood Sydney’s new eyes.
Sydney learns that her new eyes came from a young woman in Mexico who killed herself because she was terrorized by seeing into the spiritual world without being able to stop the death of people. Sydney decides not to suffer the same fate. Instead, she fights to stop the tragic deaths whenever she is able. Can Sydney convince those around her, though, to trust what she sees rather than think she is merely losing her mind?
THE EYES is not a terrible movie, but it’s not great. The movie follows some of the same shtick that makes all supernatural thrillers work: quick cuts of ghosts, brief images of ghastly murders, and a panicked young woman trying to convince everyone she is not crazy. There are some good moments of tension, but nothing new or creative.
THE EYE is not particularly bloody or graphic, although it does have some moments, but the worldview presented in the movie is problematic because it is a mostly mixed pagan worldview in which no character calls on the name of the Lord and the afterlife is seen as a frightening and horrible place with dark shadows that steal people away. By the way, the dark shadows that Sydney sees hovering over people about to die are probably the scariest elements of the movie, but the movie views these creatures as vindictive and evil. There are other occult elements as with another young woman who sees into the supernatural world considered to be a witch, and Alba’s character communicates with the dead, including one scene where the eyes’ original donor take control of Alba’s body.
All in all, THE EYE is decent but forgettable. It contains worldview problems, and most media-wise people of faith will avoid this movie in favor of more acceptable movies. For a complete list of family-friendly movies that have more acceptable content, please visit www.movieguide.org.
THE EYE delivers only fair entertainment. There are some good moments of tension, but nothing creative. THE EYE is not particularly bloody or graphic, but it has some scary moments. Also, the worldview is mixed, with strong occult elements but a heroine who endangers her safety to save other people’s lives.