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Eye See You
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by Jack Sommersby

"Just Another Rotten Thriller"
1 stars

Stallone is good in this long-delayed thriller, but the filmmaking is uninspired and the writing palpably absurd.

Sylvester Stallone manages to contribute a fine, self-effacing performance as troubled FBI agent Jake Malloy even in the abysmal serial-killer thriller Eye See You. From his very first scene, Stallone communicates an appealing openness previously shunted out by previous cardboard cut-out roles; you actually see Stallone as the character rather than Stallone as the actor. Mind you, his role isn't particularly well-written, yet this self-limiting performer seems to be going all-out in a noble quest to convince audiences that he has the dramatic chops to deliver the goods; his role is, thus, a successful ironic accomplishment -- his character's internal struggle to be a better human being than he is coincides finely with the actor's struggle to validate himself as a believable onscreen chameleon. You may be watching Stallone, but you're also witnessing a three-dimensional character who just happens to be enacted by him, and it's an immense pleasure in seeing a once-superstar rising to the task of giving a fleshed-out portrait even when you're perfectly aware the material isn't even remotely worthy of it. (Like John Travolta's remarkable performance in the otherwise-ludicrous Domestic Disturbance, Stallone's has unfortunately been overlooked in light of the dreadfulness of the film, regardless of whether or not it helps aid it -- which it does, kind of, but not nearly enough because the film is so irredeemably awful that even a miracle by the likes of the parting of the Red Sea could help salvage it.)

Yet again we have the telling of the work of a sadistic serial killer. This one is operating within the confines of a cloudy metropolitan city (possibly Seattle or Portland), and he's targeting cops (nine of them, in fact, within the past six months). With virtually no forensic evidence to follow up on, it's fairly obvious the perp is a past or present law-enforcement associate, so it's understandable when Stallone's McCloy is given the drunken third-degree by some city cops in a bar -- he used to be one of them before becoming a fed, and they feel a deep-seated betrayal in his inability to nail the sucker. (The consensus is that if the killer were targeting feds, he'd have been caught by now.) When McCloy's beautiful girlfriend is made the latest victim, it unhinges him to the point of self-destruction; his partner remarks when he finds McCloy ever-wasted in a low-dive tavern, "You buyin' stock in this place?" McCloy is soon thereafter admitted to a special detox outpost somewhere in "Jerkwater", Wyoming (yes, a Betty Ford clinic is referenced in dubious passing) where he's surrounded by other troubled cops who've tried chasing their demons away with a bottle. But, as it turns out, the killer has followed McCloy there, and when the patients start violently keeling over one by one, the film turns into a dire cross between Ten Little Indians and The Thing.

While the overall premise couldn't be more derivative, it still could have been used to engineer some fairly nerve-jangling tension, what with its isolated, claustrophobic setting, but the filmmakers don't seem to have thought things through all that much. You're all too aware of the cliches and how obviously they're been relied upon to carry the show instead of them being given some fresh, original esthetic life; you expect some hints of parody yet end up only getting straightforwardness of the most killjoy variety -- it's as if the filmmakers hadn't seen more than five entries of this genre before. Audiences have, however, and the goings-on fail to bewilder us the way they should in a good thriller because we're always a step or two ahead of the story: whenever a character hears a noise or catches a split-second sight of someone, and ventures out alone to investigate, we just count off the seconds until his untimely demise occurs. If ever a director with some sneaky timing and inspired staging was needed to help bring some oomph! to the proceedings, Eye See You is it. Alas, this task was handed to the untalented Jim Guillespie, who proved with I Know What You Did Last Summer that he has no idea how to use the camera actively and subjectively in engaging the audience on even the simplest responsive level; he's all about the "shots" and not about inventively juxtaposing them into dizzyingly taut sequences. What you see is practically all you get, which is fine if the material is brilliant, but that's far from the case here, so the whopping plot holes and the triteness of the plotting are made even more apparent -- there isn't any narrative velocity worked up to help glide us over them.

Eye See You is no worse than the plethora of pathetic thrillers which polluted cineplexes last year like Panic Room, Blood Work, Red Dragon, and the absolute worst of the lot, Murder by Numbers, but it's possibly the stupidest. While those others failed miserably with intriguing material, this one starts off with the mundane and fails to justify the big-budget backing of it. First-rate character actors Tom Berenger, Charles D. Dutton, Robert Patrick, and Kris Kristofferson (whose reliably gruff voice is like sweet music here) are stuck with nothing to play but painful stereotypes, and the great Oscar-winning cinematographer Dean Semler's typically stunning work is all for naught in light of Guillespie's plain-Jane handling dissipating much of its gothic suggestiveness. Added to this, the audience is subjected to rotten dialogue ("The real bad things in life can make you stronger"), logical lapses (a veteran cop incorrectly slashing his wrists horizontally instead of vertically), and trumped-up contrivances (the identity of the killer being derived from the discovery of a fucking matchbook!). It's films like Eye See You that make you want to go out to an overpriced coffee house to read a good book instead.

"See" something else.

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originally posted: 01/02/03 12:42:22
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User Comments

1/10/12 Mike No where near as bad as this reviewer states 3 stars
5/10/09 Jeff So incoherent, such a waste of time...and SO poorly edited and even badly lit! 1 stars
2/06/07 AJ Muller Wanted to like it. My brain wouldn't allow it. Waste of a good cast. Severe suckage. 1 stars
8/28/06 Anastasia Beaverhausen Not bad, but this story has been done to death 3 stars
3/31/06 Tarek sly hasn't faded away yet, hhaha cause rocky 6 is coming out pigs! 5 stars
8/30/05 ES Sly has tried so hard to save his fading star, maybe he should just let it go 1 stars
7/28/05 tony Crap crap crap. 1 stars
9/29/04 Cool :) 4 stars
1/12/04 Nucleo Rocky was good. 1 stars
4/16/03 Marisa Monroe Amazing! 5 stars
1/31/03 jay yikes...avoid this one 1 stars
1/20/03 Don't See Me I couldn't see several things: plot, character development, transition. One of the worst. 1 stars
1/01/03 fred fortier bad ,violent and forgottable. 1 stars
12/22/02 Arednosepitbull something to chew on 4 stars
11/24/02 Croweater This is getting a US release?!? Be warned America, this is THE WORST movie u will ever see! 1 stars
11/03/02 Rob Utter Crap 1 stars
10/10/02 mr. Pink Incomprehensible, dull thriller. Stallone's career is truly over. 1 stars
9/08/02 Movie guy a good film 4 stars
8/16/02 Morten One of the worst films I`ve ever seen. Stay clear 1 stars
7/18/02 GBenj Robert Patrick is ridiculously buffed for no good reason, berenger wears a lumberjack 1 stars
7/11/02 stick If approached with low expectations, "D-Tox" succeeds as an entertaining B movie. 4 stars
4/09/02 laurens watch this movie w/o much thinking and voila, it passes as some nice entertainment 3 stars
3/14/02 Paul D- Tox is top- class entertainment. Stallone is amazing! 5 stars
3/04/02 amsdirct@aol.com Lett the rating speak for itself 5 stars
3/04/02 vangoth Robert Patrick was awesome esp. when facing off with Stallone. Take that Rambo! 2 stars
2/17/02 Anders Stallone is great! 5 stars
2/06/02 Aimee Ok, so the film wasn't great but it had Stallone in it who is so fine that's enough for me 3 stars
1/31/02 John J. I felt asleep during the showing of D-Tox, sorry SLY STALLONE, your´re OUT...a BAD MOVIE:=( 1 stars
1/31/02 mario_cobretti_the_real_one GOD DAMMIT, GIMME MY MONEY BACK; SLY YOU`RE FUCKING DEAD.DIE DIE..A_V_O_I_D at all cost!!!! 1 stars
1/30/02 ogniem_i_mieczem RIGHT, this movie is 100% of CRAP, I´ve seen it here in Germany and would like to sue Sly.. 1 stars
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