Starring: Lee Sin-Je and Lawrence Chou
Directed by: The Pang Brothers
Cantonese w/ subtitles
Eye volleys between culture clashing mediocrity and spine-tingling
supernatural genius. Ultimately, you should be left satisfied
with a rather pleasant experience thanks to a few unexpected twists
towards the end. But if it were neater and edited a tad - it would
have been incredible.
goes...Mun (Lee Sin-Je) has just had a delicate eye surgery to
restore her sight. Blind since childhood her heart is full with
operation is a success and Mun starts to see the world
she also starts to see a feared and dreaded "other world."
There's some sort of horrible unexplicable addition to her new-found
site. Her new eyes have given of her the ability to see death
and the dead - literally.
thinks she may be going mad as apparitions (creepy levitating
apparitions) come and go leaving her in a state of pure frenzy.
As if this were not bad enough, Mun also sees ghostly figures
that accompany the dead away from their earthly bodies; an army
of Grim Reapers if you will. Shudder.
the help of her psychologist (who, naturally, is smitten with
her) Mun travels to the birthplace of her cornea donor, Ling,
to discover the secrets of their sight.
this horror style genuinely scares me. I can take werewolves and
demons but show me a levitating ghost and I am a girly girl seeking
refuge nestled under a blankie somewhere! And there are plenty
of these floating carcasses strewn about! In fact The Eye
has a plethora of half bodied, half faced creeping phantoms, themselves
harmless enough, not so evil. But none the less terrifying thanks
to accenting direction by the Pang Brothers.
the film lacks (and lacks bad) clean continuity, developed characters
and a realistic style. Some of the interior sets are just plain
old cheesy and distracting. But that having been said The Eye
redeems itself with little dollops of originality (script-wise)
and has a few old fashioned genuine horror inducing naughty bits.
recommendation: Chinese take-away