The Eye

February 1st, 2008


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A woman receives an eye transplant that allows her to see into the supernatural world. Remake of the Hong Kong film "Jian Gui".

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 5.2/10 (23,486 voted)

Critic's Score: 36/100

Director: David Moreau

Stars: Jessica Alba, Alessandro Nivola, Parker Posey

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.

Writers: Sebastian Gutierrez, Jo Jo Yuet-chun Hui

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 - Shadowman
Kevin K. - Tomi Cheung
Tamlyn Tomita - Mrs. Cheung
Esodie Geiger - Nurse
Karen Austin - Mrs. Hillman
Ryan J. Pezdirc - Nurse Room Attendant

Taglines: How Can You Believe Your Eyes When They're Not Yours?


Official Website: Official site [United States] |

Release Date: 1 February 2008

Filming Locations: 7th Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $12,425,776 (USA) (3 February 2008) (2436 Screens)

Gross: $56,964,642 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Turkey: (DVD version)

Did You Know?

Jessica Alba declared that while she'd been wanting to do a horror thriller for a long time, she didn't want to do a slasher where each character dies in a more outrageous and bloody way, whereas she found this film to be elegant and very well written and her character Sydney to be elaborate and very interesting, thus enabling her to stretch her acting abilities.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Sydney gets out of the shower and is in the room with her sister, Sydney says "I need to find out who she is" and then her sister replies with "Who?" but her mouth is saying something else.

[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 or set. I want to see the world like everyone else, to see the sun, the rain, the music. Oh I bet music looks beautiful.

User Review

It Could Have Been So Much More...

Rating: 3/10

I really wanted this movie to be good. Really. I think Jessica Alba is an extremely talented actress, and I had high hopes for this movie. J horror remake, interesting premise, Jessica Alba...sounds good so far.

But this movie left me disappointed in when I saw it last night. The movie relies on cheap thrills that aren't frightening to the mature moviegoer. I should have expected this, as it was rated PG-13, but the theatre full of screaming 11 year olds at every jump was quite irritating.

When it was all over, The Eye left me wanting more. The only thinking and mystery in the movie is done for you and the "science-talk" from Alba seems unrealistic. It relies on loud noises and horror movie clichés at every turn. The Eye is a definite popcorn movie. It may be entertaining for younger viewers, but if you want a deeper and more engaging story, look elsewhere.