Dec 28, 2008

Eye in the Sky

Surveillance is a controvertible issue in todays society. Recently given a high profile makeover by films like The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan explains in a key scene his extreme distaste for surveillance. Born in London, Nolan must feel that his privacy is being invaded. If there were cameras on every street corner here, I'd feel pretty pissed off as well. His aggressive resistance of a constantly watched area is exactly the same thoughts provoked in Hong Kong's Eye in the Sky.

Eye in the Sky, or Surveillance, is directed by a Johnnie To protégé Nai-Hoi Yau. In a bizarre reverse collaboration, Eye in the Sky proves to be a solid debut directorial effort but lacks much substance; enough to call itself a "true" thriller. The by-product is watchable, enjoyable, and quite suspenseful and taut. Simon Yam, the character-driven star of Dragon Dynasty's own Killzone, performs as the lead character actor of our story in Eye in the Sky, code named Dog Head. Hiding behind a grizzled face and glasses, Yam is almost unrecognizable.

A special police division exists. One so secret that the only citizens informed are the ones involved with the project. The group is called SU; short for Surveillance Unit, if you haven't guessed. A young woman was recently accepted into the group. The group utilizes cameras set up all over China so that these may aid the professional "actors" that are scattered around hot spots. For instance, if a pedophile was wandering around San Diego, a team of people would go undercover as a population in order to follow the culprit to their location. With the taste of pursuing and the stage acting, this apparatus of the film provides us the age old question of "What if?"

For dizzying chase sequences lavishly placed in a fine sequential order, Eye in the Sky is your bidding. Eye in the Sky has that healthy share of violence that you need, but not too much. At least compared to Dog Bite Dog, which featured some rather brutal shots of action. Eye in the Sky is a fitting film for someone who appreciates Eastern action. Swearing accommodation and light-hearted moments as well, there is something for everyone to like. Just pretend this film is a rough draft of a brilliant idea, then the cynicism won't come out as much.


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