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Eagle Eye

Eagle EyeHow would you react if your life
  was taken over and you were ordered
  by an unknown organisation to follow
  their instructions without question
  or you would suffer the unthinkable
  consequences? In the non-stop action
  thriller Eagle Eye, two strangers are
  forced to face this fate
...

EAGLE EYE IS A FAST-PACED, SUSPENSE FILM that is billed as "The Adrenaline-Fuelled Thrill Ride Of The Year" and will keep you guessing while teetering transfixed on the edge of your seat. The film is infused with surprise plot twists; the stunts are terrific and the tension is truly relentless.

Copy shop clerk Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf: Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Transformers) is estranged from his family and short of money, trying to avoid his landlady Mrs Wierzbowski (the wonderful Lynn Cohen). When his parents (William Sadler and Deborah Strang) contact him to tell him his clever and talented twin brother Ethan — who graduated from the Air Force Academy with an advanced degree — has been killed in an accident, a stunned Jerry returns home for the funeral.

Although his father believes Jerry has ruined his life by quitting Stanford and backpacking around Singapore, Bali and Indonesia, he gives him a cheque and when Jerry gets back he pays it in to the ATM machine and checks his balance…

Somebody has deposited $750,000 into his account and he quickly takes as much money as he can. But when he gets back to his flat and Mrs Wierzbowski tells him he has had a number of packages delivered that are all stacked in his room, he discovers bomb-making equipment and hi-tech weapons.

His cell phone rings and a mystery woman (the voice of Julianne Moore) tells him the FBI is on its way. A shocked Jerry finds himself being interrogated by the sinister Tom Morgan (Billy Bob Thornton: Armageddon), the Supervising Agent assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force — who questions him about his brother and a money transfer from Singapore from The Star of Orion, a dummy front for Hezbollah. Jerry is in one s***load of trouble!

Meanwhile, single mother and paralegal Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan: Mission Impossible III; Gone, Baby, Gone) is seeing her young son Sam (Cameron Boyce) off on a train to Washington for a concert before joining her friends for the evening.

Her cell phone rings and the same mystery woman tells her to go and get into a black Porsche Cayenne and await instructions and threatens to derail the train to Washington if she fails to comply — pointing out a television screen in McDonald's showing her son on the train. Rachel's call to 911 is intercepted and further threats issued.

Zoe Perez (Rosario Dawson) from Airforce Special Investigations has by now also become involved. Was Ethan's accident deliberate — or, as Zoe wonders, is this all a decoy to detract from something bigger?

When a fax arrives from the Unites States Attorney General's Office authorising a phone call for Jerry, the call is intercepted by the woman who tells Jerry they are planning his escape — and it is done in spectacular style, with a terrified Jerry reluctantly forced to obey every command as he is led to the black Porsche and Rachel.

From then on it is a race against time with two strangers, highly suspicious of each other, using every available ounce of strength and ingenuity to escape unscathed from the Police and the FBI who are hot on their trail. They quickly learn that to disobey the voice means carnage for those around them and so have no alternative other than to carry out the orders to the letter — whatever it takes.

Someone — or something — is controlling and orchestrating these events. And watching Rachel's and Jerry's every move, always knowing precisely where they are and exactly what they are doing; using any mobile, LED signs and television screens to pass on their quick-fire instructions. Trapped in a nightmare world, Rachel and Jerry become the nation's most wanted fugitives and finally begin to work together to find out who is manipulating them — and why.

Did Ethan Shaw go over to the other side? Was his death really an accident and does he have anything to do with this? And who is 'Aria'? Or is it the very safeguard put in place to protect the liberty of The United States that has now become the biggest threat to liberty itself? The truth is as bizarre as the events that take place around Rachel and Jerry.

From Executive Producer Steven Spielberg comes the ultimate action cyber-thriller Eagle Eye, with pulse-pounding action sequences. The film is directed by D J Caruso (Disturbia); Screenplay is by: John Glenn & Travis Adam Wright and Hillary Seitz and Dan McDermott; Story is by Dan McDermott; Produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci; Produced by Patrick Crowley; Executive Producers are Steven Spielberg and Edward L McDonnell; Director of Photography is Dariusz Wolski, asc; the dramatic music is by Brian Tyler; Visual Effects Supervisor is Jim Rygiel.

Eagle Eye also features: Michael Chiklis as Defense Secretary Callister; Anthony Mackie as Major William Bowman; Ethan Embry as Agent Toby Grant; Anthony Azizi as Rahim Khalid; Bill Smitrovich as Admiral Thompson and Charles Carroll as Mr Miller.

Eagle Eye is available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray on 16 March 2009, courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment.

DVD (Single Disc Edition)

Eagle Eye Fully Loaded Single Disc DVD | RRP: £19.99 | Certificate: 15 | Running Time (Film): Approximately 117 Minutes | Running Time (Special Features): Approximately 20 Minutes | Special Features: Deleted Scenes| Ethan's Wake | Minuteman | Twins | Road Trip | Alternative Ending | Gag Reel | Photo Gallery

Blu-ray (Single Disc Edition)

Eagle Eye One Disc Blu-ray | RRP: £24.99 | Certificate: 15 | Running Time (Film): Approximately 117 Minutes | Running Time (Special Features): Approximately 66 Minutes | Special Features: Alternative Ending | Asymmetrical Warfare: The Making Of Eagle Eye | Eagle Eye On Location: Washington DC | Is My Cell Phone Spying On Me? | Shall We Play A Game? | Gag Reel | Trailer | Deleted Scenes| Ethan's Wake | Minuteman | Twins

"Eagle Eye is a relentless, fast-paced suspense thriller that will keep you guessing while teetering transfixed on the edge of your seat" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar