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The Eye (2008)

PG-13 | | Horror, Mystery | 1 February 2008 (USA)
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A woman receives an eye transplant that allows her to see into the supernatural world.

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Sebastian Gutierrez (screenplay), Yuet-Jan Hui | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Alba ... Sydney Wells
Alessandro Nivola ... Dr. Paul Faulkner
Parker Posey ... Helen Wells
Rade Serbedzija ... Simon McCullough
Fernanda Romero ... Ana Christina Martinez
Rachel Ticotin ... Rosa Martinez
Obba Babatundé ... Dr. Haskins
Danny Mora ... Miguel
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Alicia
Brett A. Haworth Brett A. Haworth ... Shadowman
Kevin Phan Kevin Phan ... Tomi Cheung (as Kevin K.)
Tamlyn Tomita ... Mrs. Cheung
Esodie Geiger ... Nurse
Karen Elizabeth Austin Karen Elizabeth Austin ... Mrs. Hillman (as Karen Austin)
Ryan J. Pezdirc Ryan J. Pezdirc ... Nurse Room Attendant
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Storyline

The violinist Sydney Wells has been blind since she was five years old due to an accident. She submits to a surgery of cornea transplantation to recover her vision, and while recovering from the operation, she realizes that she's having strange visions. With the support of Dr. Paul Faulkner, Sidney finds who the donor of her eyes and begins a journey to find out the truth behind her visions. Written by Genesis Rojas, Caracas, Venezuela.

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Taglines:

You Won't Believe Her Eyes. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence/terror and disturbing content | See all certifications »

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USA | Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oko See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,425,776, 3 February 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,418,697, 10 April 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,964,642
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

To prepare for her role, Jessica Alba took violin lessons for six months, which she started while filming Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007). She also learned basic Braille. See more »

Goofs

After she gets out of the shower, Sydney and Ana's reflections in the mirror don't completely match up. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Teen on Skateboard: Oh, shit. Thanks. I didn't see that.
Sydney Wells: Neither did I.
Sydney Wells: [voice-over while Sydney walks in the street and settles in a café] People say seeing is believing, but for me, that's not entirely true. I lost my sight when I was five years old. Those memories of what I have seen have faded so much that I doubt I'd even recognize myself anymore. Now I see using my other senses. I can smell the rain before it drops, but I can't watch it fall. I can feel the sun on my face, but I can't see it rise...
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References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Eyes Wide Open
Written by Olivia Broadfield
Performed by Olivia Broadfield and Josh Crocker
Courtesy of Olivia Broadfield
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Alba reminds us that you may want to check where that donated organ came from.
13 March 2008 | by grangers-1See all my reviews

Jessica Alba plays a woman who undergoes cornea transplants in a remake of a Chinese film of the same name.

The moment she opens her eyes she starts to see things that aren't there. These include (a) a number of grim reapers, (b) recently dead people, (c) vivid images of someone else's past premonitions, and (d) a director and editor who aren't sure whether their making a horror film, thriller or a 'who dunnit?'.

There is a faint oriental air to the film with does add a bit of mystery. This is essentially a relatively cheaply made Alba-vehicle. There is no-one else in it other than a periodically appearing sister and a doctor who you never quite get interested in as he has nothing of worth to say.

You do jump from minor shock every now and then (but then an unexpected rapid orchestral crescendo does that to most people).

The film is similar in feel to Sarah Michelle-Gellar's The Grudge. You are left with a similar feeling when you leave the cinema; a resigned "it was okay".


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