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The Eye (2008)



Critic Consensus: Featuring wooden performances and minimal scares, The Eye is another tedious remake of an Asian horror film.

Movie Info

The remake of the Hong Kong film "Jian Gui", a woman who receives an eye transplant that allows her to see into the supernatural world.more
Rating: PG-13 (for violence/terror and disturbing content)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Sebastian Gutierrez, Hillary Seitz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 6, 2008
Box Office: $31.4M
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


Jessica Alba
as Sydney Wells
Alessandro Nivola
as Dr. Paul Faulkner
Parker Posey
as Helen Wells
Rade Serbedzija
as Simon McCullough
Fernanda Romero
as Ana Christina Martin...
Rachel Ticotin
as Rosa Martinez
Obba Babatundé
as Dr. Haskins
Danny Mora
as Miguel
Brett Haworth
as Shadowman
Kevin K. Shah
as Tomi Cheung
Tamlyn Tomita
as Mrs. Cheung
Karen Austin
as Mrs. Hillman
Ryan J. Pezdirc
as Nurse Room Attendant
Sarah E. Baker
as Cousin Sarah
Mark Bankins
as Peekaboo
David Milchard
as Cafe Waiter No.1
Kimani Ray Smith
as Cafe Waiter No.2
Heather Doerksen
as Sickly Woman
Peter King
as Burned Hallway Man
Tegan Moss
as Teenage Girl
Kam Hing Chau
as Kam Lam Yuen Cook
Jasmin Dring
as Kam Lam Yuen Waitres...
James Spencer
as Elevator Ghost
Ingrid M. Nelson
as Children's Nurse
Daniel Romero
as Village Kid
Juan Carlos Cantu
as Factory Foreman
Mike Elliott
as Driver at Border
Mia Stallard
as Little Girl
Jane E. Goold
as Little Girl's Mother
Tone Forrest
as Bus Driver
Danielle Lozeau
as Teenage Girl on Bus
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Critic Reviews for The Eye

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (13)

Effectively creepsome until it bogs down somewhat in plot explication.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Top Critic

One can't turn a blind eye to such conspicuous failings.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Takes a B-minus import and turns it into a D-minus retread.

Full Review… | August 28, 2015

Brothers Danny and Oxide Pang's unnerving spook show from 2002 has been translated into a clunky, aimless interpretation that leaves you with just one overpowering thought: are Jessica Alba's lips for real?

Full Review… | February 16, 2013
Georgia Straight

Turns out seeing dead people can still be kind of a thrill.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

Jessica Alba sees dead people in blah horror film.

Full Review… | December 17, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for The Eye

So from my experiences, the original versions of theses from Japan, China, or wherever are usually better. But I will give Jessica Alba props on this one. She convinced me on this one. This movie wasnt overly scary but did have several shiver moments for me. The goosebump types.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


The Eye remake is a pointless and unnecessary remake of Jian Gui. Jessica Alba delivers yet a bad performance here, and one that makes you ask the question, why is she even given roles in movies? She's a terrible actress, and in The Eye remake she is most certainly that. The Eye is a terrible film which like every other Asian remake suffers from lack of any real scares. The film is watered down and relies more on jump scares to create the tension, which doesn't work most of the time. The film is predictable. The original film is terrific, but this remake is totally unnecessary and is a waste of time. This remake suffers from everything that makes a remake uninteresting. The cast aren't good in their parts, and with a lead like Jessica Alba, you know that this film be terrible. The reason that most American remakes of Asian horror films fail is because they lack any real atmosphere or suspense. This is the case with this remake. I thought it lacked anything to make it watchable and memorable. This yet another remake that losses its horror qualities by cheapening the horror because it is predictable and poorly constructed to induce shock. If you want to watch something with genuine scares, watch the original film. This remake has cheap scares that don't stand out. This film is forgettable and is not worth your time.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

I saw The Eye - not this one, but the Pang Brothers' Hong Kong original - about seven years ago when I was in my all things J-Horror phase, and while I found the concept rather unique, there were glaring flaws in the story and in the way the filmmakers decided to deliver their scares. The idea that a person who has been blind for her entire life can become so quickly dependent on her sight seems a little too convenient, and the incorporation of ideas that suggest organs contain parts of their original donors is a bit of a horror movie cliche. Also, the scare scenes are the typical boo-jump scares where everything is quiet and then the sound editors decide to racket the volume to ear piercing levels as the ghosts decide to make their presence known. In other words, the scares are predictable and only occasionally effective.
Now the problem that I have with this remake is the same problem I have with every USA remake of some popular J-Horror (this is the generic term used to describe all Asian ghost horror movies): the only fear these remakes have been able to instill in their audiences is a fear of subtitles. They take the same film, reshoot it almost frame for frame with American actors and American settings. All of the plot elements, no matter how flawed, remain the same. And almost always, something gets lost in the translation. Usually it has something to do with the cultural context of the original; in fact, the whole long haired female ghost dressed in white is a criticism of suppressed gender roles among the female population in Asian societies, and that certainly never comes across in any of these USA remakes. Basically, the filmmakers call this being faithful to the original. But when the original sucks because of glaringly lazy writing and predictable scares, you would think that Hollywood studios would try to correct these mistakes. The subtitle fear comes with the assumption that audiences have not seen the original, and thus, an opportunity exists to make a better film. Unfortunately, Hollywood has opted out to seize this chance every time they remake a J-Horror, and this 2008 version of The Eye is no different.
There's no need to watch this movie, because it's the same bad movie that the 2002 original was, except this one's got a bigger budget and Jessica Alba.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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