Naturally with a title like Eyeborgs one would expect the worst from a movie named something like that. And yes, I went into Eyeborgs expecting a schlocky and completely ridiculous movie. For some time I've been looking for a good straight to video movie that while being very low budget managed to create an interesting story and an entertaining time. Unexpectedly, Eyeborgs turned out to be one of those films. While not on the level of cautionary tales from George Orwell, this film does contain a rather strong story that is told well enough for me to have believed and become invested in these characters.
Eyeborgs takes place in our present time, and the U.S. government is doing all it can to keep the American people safe. A surveillance program has cameras throughout the country, and these cameras are all connected through a system called the Optical Defense Intelligence Network, or ODIN for short. One of the most notable types of cameras in this defense system are small mobile ones, which are basically an orb with two legs, that can roam around freely. But after a few bizarre incidents involving ODIN cameras people begin to grow suspicious. One particular suspicious person is Homeland Security Agent R.J. 'Gunner' Reynolds (Adrian Paul), who thinks that ODIN may have been compromised in some fashion.
What amazed me about Eyeborgs is that it does create a story that works, without becoming too corny or stupid. It isn't the most suspenseful film around, but it does contain a decent amount of thrills along the way. And as the mystery onto whether or not the ODIN system has been hacked and over taken unravels, I found that I enjoyed the direction the story went. And there is a wise little message buried beneath all of this that warns of the over dependence on technology to take care of our lives, and how the line between supposed protection and outright invasion of privacy is a very thin one.
Acting wise the film is better than expected. The three primary characters are Gunner, news reporter Barbara Hawkins (Megan Blake) and wannabe rock-star Jarett Hewes (Luke Eberl) who is the nephew of the U.S. president and also possibly a terrorist target. Out of the three I think I enjoyed Megan Blake the most, but mainly because I enjoyed her character and how she perfectly brought to life that nosey reporter character that is sadly missing from movies these days.
The special effects are also better than expected. I liked the designs of the various robots of the ODIN system, and while not flawless they are decently brought to life with some rather effective computer generated effects. Just another surprise with this fairly decent little sci-fi flick. I couldn't help but be reminded of the unfortunately bad Will Smith action dud I, Robot. Both films share a similar story of people growing suspicious of robotic creations meant to better life, but with one major difference. I, Robot had a huge budget and wasted it on mindless action. Eyeborgs had no budget and still managed to execute a workable little film.