Alba’s beauty can’t save this Eye-sore

PUBLISHED: 16:53 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 17:10 16 August 2010

THE EYE DVD Cert 15 THE relentless onslaught of inferior Hollywood remakes of Asian horror movies such as Ring, One Missed Call and


DVD Cert 15

THE relentless onslaught of inferior Hollywood remakes of Asian horror movies such as Ring, One Missed Call and The Grudge continues with this mediocre effort, only this time around the original the film wasn't much to write home about either.

Based on the 2003 Hong Kong horror film of the same name by brothers Danny and Oxide Pang, The Eye is centres around the over-used cliché that a person who receives a transplanted organ starts to show characteristics of the organ's previous owner.

Sydney Wells (Jessica Alba), a blind concert pianist, starts to see all manner of ghouls and ghosts after having a cornea transplant intended to restore her sight. Initially, her shrink (Alessandro Nivola) thinks the visions are the psychological effects of the operation, but eventually she succumbs to Ms Wells' considerable charms and tracks down the identity of the donor.

It turns out they came from a Mexican girl who was denounced by her neighbours for being some kind of doom-foreseeing witch who committed suicide and that Sydney is being shown warnings from the spirit world.

The atmosphere is suitably spooky and directors David Moreau and Xavier Palud use every trick in the book to build tension, but the script is so full of unnecessary diversion that it doesn't really lead anywhere. However attractive Jessica Alba may be she just isn't a particularly good actress, and while her performance here isn't terrible, she struggles with anything that doesn't involve screaming and freaking out. The supporting actors, in turn, are so dull and nondescript that Moreau and Palud may as well have used cardboard cut-outs.

Aside from some decent cinematography and CGI, the film is flat and uninspired and has little to offer anyone but Jessica Alba

fan boys.

* The Eye is released on DVD on Friday, August 15.

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