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By Ricky Simpson

The Eye
Starring: Jessica Alb Automated Classified Ad Submission Software a
There is something unsatisfying about a horror flick that is just not scary. This early 2008 ghost story may be a little mild for the die-hard witch hunters.
In “The Eye,” Sydney (Alba), a twenty-something violin player, has been blind since she was 5, and she sees life through a plethora of alternate senses. Through the miracle of a cornea transplant, Sydney can finally see the world through blurry shapes and shades. Soon Sydney notices strange figures that no one else seems to be able to see.
Of course, Sydney is shaken by the mysterious images and goes on a mission to discover the previous owner of her eyes. She begins to piece together the meaning of her eerie visions.
Like “The Grudge,” this film is a made from Asian movies, in this case Hong Kong’s “Jian Gui.” This remake takes a little bit to get started. The film is less than two hours long and really doesn’t pick up until the final couple of minutes, which really doesn’t make the plot any more believable, but at least gives us a reason for the supernatural activities.
Overall, this film is a ghost story, but isn’t scary at all. It doesn’t give you the same feeling a creepy horror flick gives you in a theater. Admittedly, the viewer is confused throughout, left to ponder the reason for Alba’s visions and what the point may be for these blurry men, and there is a small payoff in the end. But conveniently, Sydney has an opportunity in the end to go back to the self she has always been and, not surprisingly, ditches her new eyes.
This film runs only 97 minutes and is rated PG-13 for mild ghostly images. If you are looking for a good horror flick, this one doesn’t deliver. If you like a thriller, there are some mild thrills but this one is forgettable in the end.
Grade: C

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