Here’s your first look at the new horror movie starring Jessica Alba — a remake of the Hong Kong horror film of the same name, written and directed by the Pang Brothers (“The Messengers”), who are already hard at work remaking their own movie, “Bangkok Dangerous”, starring Nicholas Cage. “The Eye” stars Jessica Alba as a blind woman who receives a cornea transplant that allows her to see again, but it also gives her a deadly curse to see dead people. Pretty soon, the poor girl can’t go anywhere without seeing ghosts, including an elevator encounter that should freak you out even if the directors of the remake fubars it badly, which they really can’t, because that scene is just tremendous. And from the looks of the trailer, it really does appear as if directors David Moreau and Xavier Palud have followed the plot and narrative of the original very closely.
Sydney Wells is an accomplished concert violinist who has been blind since a childhood tragedy. Sydney undergoes a double corneal transplant, and her sight is restored. But Sydney’s happiness is short-lived as unexplainable shadowy and frightening images start to haunt her. Are they a passing aftermath of her surgery, Sydney’s mind adjusting to sight, a product of her imagination, or something horrifyingly real? As Sydney’s family and friends begin to doubt her sanity, Sydney is soon convinced that her anonymous eye donor has somehow opened the door to a terrifying world only she can now see.
Starring Jessica Alba, Alessandro Nivola, Parker Posey, Chloe Grace Moretz, François Chau, and directed by David Moreau and Xavier Palud.
Fans of the original will notice a number of “American touches” (i.e. completely unnecessary), including a cheap shock scare at the end of the trailer where the main character is looking out her door’s peephole when a ghost/demon/whatever jumps at her. Totally ridiculous, and seems to be one of the many “scares” that was re-shot for the film because the studios felt the remake by the French directors didn’t have enough jump moments.
See again February 1st, 2008.