The Eye (2002)

Posted: January 25, 2015 in Movie Review
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The Eye

Directed By: The Pang Brothers (Danny Pang Phat & Oxide Pang Chun)

Starring: Angelica Lee, Lawrence Chou, Chutcha Rujinanon

Synopsis: Mun, blind since the age of 2, receives a corneal transplant only to start experiencing strange occurrences around her.

Thoughts: The Eye flew across my radar later than most of the quintessential Asian horror films and when I watched it years ago, it didn’t leave much of an impression. Maybe it was a bit of overload of the subgenre, maybe it was my mood when I watched it, but I just was not impressed with this movie ten years ago. Regardless, this was a movie that I felt I needed to revisit based on its reputation.

The Eye lacks some of the signature moments of other Asian horror movies, but still has a couple of very spooky scenes. The scene where Mun is learning calligraphy brought goose bumps to my arms. The scene in the subway is another hair raising scene, as Mun learns what is really going on (even though it was fairly easy to see this twist coming.

I often wonder if foreign directors measure their success by getting American cinema to remake a movie they directed. Maybe that is an egocentric thought, but it sure seems to be a major stepping stone for a lot of directors. If that is indeed the case, the Pang Brothers have been very successful. They’ve had 2 movies remade in the US (and 1 in India) and have had their hand in a couple of American originals as well.

The Eye is not a perfect movie. I thought it was a bit too long and suffered from not having enough scary moments (which may have been corrected had the movie been shorter). When the movie did move to scare you, it was effective. This alone makes The Eye worth checking out. It wasn’t my favorite ghost story, but it was an enjoyable movie.


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