Eagle Eye

Patriotism wrapped up as serviceable entertainment.

Patriotism in movies isn't a problem. It's when it's an out-of-nowhere and unjustified way to resolve action movies like Eagle Eye that it isolates other cultures. Until the point when a school band plays the national anthem and everything's OK again, D.J. Caruso's caper is serviceable entertainment. It's a mostly cynical take on American security precautions, as copy clerk Jerry (Shia LaBeouf) finds an extra $750,000 in his bank account. He's ordered by a voice on his cell to jump off buildings, drive like a maniac and dodge trains. Caruso knows how to shoot action so that it's dynamic and exciting. He and LaBeouf don't have a good enough script to match what they deliver in this and Disturbia. (Eagle Eye's fear of gadgetry would have been edgier if it opened around 1998's Enemy of the State.) But it's done with the skill to be fun while it lasts.

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