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Parents' Guide to

Eagle Eye

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Explosion-filled thriller that's best for older teens.

Movie PG-13 2008 118 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 10+


Though the language is bad I think this is appropriate for a mature 9 year old or a 10 year old. The violence isn't that bad!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 12+

Family Favorite!

My family loves this movie! It is really exciting and has a good story line. GREAT MOVIE. :)

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (46 ):

There's often too much going on in this movie -- though Shia LaBeouf definitely does his thing as the wise-cracking Jerry. In an episode of The Simpsons, Homer says "I'm going for the Shia LaBeouf thing. Not quite a nerd not quite a hunk. Shia LaBeouf!" That's the perfect way to explain the curly haired leading man's "ordinary guy" charm. He and Monaghan don't create sparks a la Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves in Speed, but they're likable enough as strangers literally thrown together who can't figure out what in the world is happening to them. Meanwhile, the impressive supporting cast doesn't have much to do except look surprised and angry. In addition to Thornton and Dawson, Michael Chiklis adds gravitas as the Secretary of Defense, and Anthony Mackie handsomely fills an Army uniform for the last third of the action. All are notable actors, but their characters are two-dimensional stereotypes at best.

Director D.J. Caruso channels his inner Michael Bay to fill this thriller with as many huge explosions as possible. The problem is that, unlike Bay's so-easy-a-caveman-could-follow-it scripts, Eagle Eye was written by four screenwriters. That's rarely a good thing, and in this case, the many twists turn one too many times, ending up in the realm of the completely ludicrous. Let's just say the terrorist mastermind is akin to a 21st-century HAL with a constitutional-law obsession. Confused? That's OK, because it's a muddled plot. But, look -- something else is blowing up!

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