By Ricky Simpson
Starring: Jessica Alb 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 â€œThe Eye,â€ 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 â€œThe Grudge,â€ this film is a made from Asian movies, in this case Hong Kongâ€™s â€œJian Gui.â€ This remake takes a little bit to get started. The film is less than two hours long and really doesnâ€™t pick up until the final couple of minutes, which really doesnâ€™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 isnâ€™t scary at all. It doesnâ€™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 Albaâ€™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 doesnâ€™t deliver. If you like a thriller, there are some mild thrills but this one is forgettable in the end.
Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
Starring: Martin Lawrence, Louis C.K
Remaining consistent, Lawrence leads in yet another slapstick comedy with plenty of physical humor and cheap laughs. If you like his past projects, such as â€œBig Mommaâ€™s House,â€ this should bring the same humor as before.
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson
The McConaughey-Hudson team plays out another romantic comedy with their sparkling smiles and golden locks. This time the two play a married couple with a lost spark when an unexpected adventure rekindles their affection. This looks to be a decent date movie for both sides and may be the film to catch this weekend.
The Hottie And The Nottie
Starring: Paris Hilton, Joel Moore, Christine Lakin
Nate (Moore) travels to Los Angeles following his life long love, the smoking-hot Cristabelle (Hilton) who has a no-so-hot friend, June (Lakin). But when her heart starts to show through, Nate begins to fall for true beauty.
Why Did I Get
Starring: Janet Jackson, Malik Yoba, Tyler Perry
Perry is one of the greatest in the film industry right now at touching on humanistic subject matters and this film is no different. With touching characterization, intimate personal situations, â€œMarriedâ€ has a well-balanced portion of comedy and drama.
Gone Baby Gone
Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Amy Ryan
One of the most critically acclaimed sleepers of the year, this Ben Affleck-directed film has earned Ryan an Oscar nomination for supporting actress.
Starring: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy
This is a bio-pic of a young Jane Austen (Hathaway) as we follow her through a youthful romance before her fame.