Thursday, September 6, 2007

The Eye 2 (2004)

Fear 1/5
Gore 1/5
Entertainment 4/5
Creepiness 2/5
Nightmares 0/5

Not really sure how this is a sequel to The Eye since it really has nothing to do with the first one. I can only assume it was to increase the hype around the film.

Directed by the Pang Brothers (as was The Eye), The Eye 2 revolves around a woman who, after breaking up with her third boyfriend in a matter of months (or something like that), tries to kill herself. After downing three bottles of pills, she begins to drift off into the land of no return and starts seeing ghostly figures in her room. Then she awakens in the hospital, saved by the staff of the hotel.

What she does not know is that she is pregnant and that for some reason she is now seeing ghosts walking among the living (this is about the only similarity to the first Eye film). She soon starts to understand that the ghosts are not after her or even interested in her, but in her unborn baby. She seeks the counsel of a wise Buddhist monk type guy who explains that the ghosts mean her no harm, they are simply waiting to enter the baby at the moment of birth to be reincarnated.

The Eye 2 starts out a little on the slow side and doesn't really begin to gain momentum until around the third act. But it's consistently smart and very creative, weaving in bits of Eastern philosophy with Western ghost concepts (the Onryo ghosts threaten to make an appearance from time to time, but are mainly just regular looking people, only slightly more pale). Though the film lacks the hyper-inflated budget of a Hollywood churned Stephen King adaptation, the special effects are decent and do what they are supposed to - enhance the story rather than compensate for the lack of one. And the story is good with a nice twist that really surprised me, but made perfect sense.

Chalk up another Asian horror triumph. Interesting trivia: There is an Indian remake of the original version of The Eye named Nania. I've seen very few Indian films, and none of them were horror films. I may have to check this one out.

- Complaint Department

1 comment:

Cortez the Killer said...

Really dug this movie and totally not like the first. The scenes where she sees the ghosts jumping ship and plummeting to the concrete pavement made me jumpy. Supposedly a remake of the Eye is in the works starring everyone's favorite scientologist, Mr. Katie Holmes.