Ewan McGregor .... Lucky (The Eye)
Ashley Judd .... Joanna
Patrick Bergin .... Alex Leonard
k.d. lang .... Hilary
Jason Priestley .... Gary

       Suspense thrillers are definetly one of my favorite genres. I mean all those great Hitchcock films like Psycho and Vertigo are suspense thrillers. 2 of my all-time favorite films, Fargo and The Usual Suspects, are suspense thrillers. They have a lot of style, a lot of drama, and a lot of suspense. Eye of the Beholder has no resemblance to these films except trying to copy the Hitchcock films.

     The plot of the film is that McGregor plays a government agent who is an expert in surveillance. He is sent on a mission to track Ewan McGregor puts an ok performance. He does his job as the expert computer tracker/ stalker for the government. Ashley Judd is very sexual and hypnotic plus her acting is great for this role. But the movie just doesn't work. He follows her and follows her. What starts off as a job becomes an obsession, which is hinted to as a thing Lucky does a lot. This is supposed to be interesting but it's not. He watches her seduce and murder men then he takes her garbage then he looks through it. 

        The best part of the film was the cinematography. The continuous switches between the surveillance cameras used by McGregor to watch Judd and actually being in the room with Judd are excellently shot. I also enjoyed the shots of the eyes of the characters that appeared continuously throughout the film.

     Being released in the month of studio crap, January, you would assume this is crap and you'd be absolutely correct. It had a major promotion push behind it the last two weeks after not having anything before. It is probable that they just wanted to get the movie out there, capitalize on the popularity of Judd and McGregor. Nothing really goes on. nothing happens. McGregor just watches in awe and talks to his missing daughter. That brings in the subplot that makes McGregor seem more crazy. His daughter appears now and again to distract him from what he is doing. His wife took his daughter away from him for being away on missions too often for too long.

     Eye of the Beholder was a bad movie with a very good style and fine acting. Many bright and shining parts that don't fit together as a whole. This makes for a weak movie not based on anything, with no truly interesting characters. Not a recommendable movie.

Rating: 1 out of 4/ C- / 21 out of 100
Reviewed by: Joe Soria
Running Time: 110 Minutes
Rated R for nudity, language, and violence.

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