September 25, 2008 - If Eagle Eye were released in the early 1990s, it might now qualify as a classic. A film about the potential dangers of our plugged-in, hooked-up culture, it would have stood up beautifully against computer-based thrillers of that time like The Net or Hackers, not to mention the spate of technophobic Michael Crichton adaptations (Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure) that excited and terrified audiences during the dawn of the Internet era.
Shia Le Beouf (Transformers) plays Jerry Shaw, a "copy associate" at a low-rent Kinko's knockoff who returns home from his twin brother's funeral to discover his bank account full of cash and his apartment full of terrorist paraphernalia. Despite a call from an unknown person advising him to flee, Jerry is soon apprehended by the authorities and interrogated by Thomas Morgan (Billy Bob Thornton), an agent for a state-run terrorist task force. Before he (or they) can make sense of what's happening, Jerry is mysteriously freed from capture and sent to find a getaway car driven by Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan), a single mother who anxiously awaits information from the same unknown person about her kidnapped son. Before long, Jerry and Rachel discover that they have been recruited as operatives in a mysterious conspiracy where not only do they not know what they're doing, but whether or not they will survive if they succeed
In many ways, this is kind of reminiscent of the Tony Scott film Enemy Of The State.
Even the posters look virtually identicle -