Thursday, August 13, 2009

Eye 2, The - 2.5/5

It's no secret that I have fallen in love with The Pang Brothers. They are perhaps one of the modern greats in directing, let alone in the Horror genre, and despite some flops in the collection, (cough) "Forest Of Death" (cough), their style will always keep me coming back for more.

So when I finally got a hold of a copy for the second "Eye" film, entitled "The Eye 2", I was ecstatic. The first film is one of the best ghost films I have ever seen and despite its watered down remake, I still love the original. So here comes #2, with Pang Brothers once again in the director's seats (but not the writing ones) and I have to admit that by the end of the film I felt quite a bit of disappointment.

"The Eye 2" has quite a bit going for it. The awesome visual style, a very subtle and impressive main actress, some great score elements, but the overall approach in its story (and story itself) is sub par. It's not a sequel to the first film, firstly, its more along the lines of 'another woman who is able to see the dead' instead. It starts off solid about her attempted suicide and how that ends up allowing her to see the dead, but the overall story that it develops into (without giving to much away it ends up being the story of your average Soap Opera) just feels awkward and uninspired. Not to mention that the approach to the story feels chunky and sporadic. The story jumps scenes, moves in zig zags, and just has very little flow. It works at times to jar the viewer, but mostly just frustrated me to no end. This aspect of "The Eye 2" undermines most of the good elements of the film including the Pang Bros' insane visual approach.

It was a fine Horror film, and perhaps still a cut above most Americanized ghost stories, but compared to the first film and some of its contemporaries it just lacks the balls and flow to create a solid film. It's good, but far from great. 

Written By Matt Reifschneider 

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