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The Eye is a 2008 (11 years ago) horror movie starring Jessica Alba. It is a remake of the 2002 (17 years ago) Hong Kong-Thai-Singaporean movie of the same name. The movie was rated PG-13 by the MPAA for "violence/terror and disturbing content."



Sydney Wells is a very successful classical violinist who has been blind since the age of five. Fifteen years later, Sydney undergoes a cornea transplant, which causes her eyesight to return, a bit blurry at first. As time goes on, Sydney's vision begins to clear; however she also begins experiencing terrifying visions, mostly of fire and of people dying. The bulk of the rest of the movie concerns Sydney unravelling the mystery of the visions, and trying to convince others, primarily her visual therapist, Paul Faulkner, who becomes a helpmate in her quest. She knows that she is not going insane. She finds herself in Mexico, where the donated corneas were originally from. The fire and people dying are the result of an industrial accident that the former donor foretold and shortly after that hanged herself because she could not stop the accident from occurring. Sydney puts the spirit to rest, and began her trek home. As Sydney and Paul wait in a queue of vehicles to cross the border, a high speed police chase ends with the fugitive crashing through the border barriers and into a tanker full of natural gas. Sydney, able to still see the death silhouettes, had begun to try and get everyone she can off the highway. The tanker explodes from a spark in the getaway car's engine and Sydney is blinded by flying glass. After recovering at a hospital, she returns to her life as a blind violinist, though with a more optimistic view of her condition.


  • Jessica Alba (172 walls) as Sydney Wells
  • Alessandro Nivola as Dr. Paul Faulkner
  • Parker Posey as Helen Wells
  • Rade Serbedzija as Simon McCullough
  • Fernanda Romero as Ana Cristina Martinez
  • Rachel Ticotin as Rosa Martinez
  • Chloe Moretz as Alicia Milstone
  • Tamlyn Tomita as Mrs. Cheung
  • Landall Goolsby as Alex
  • Brett A. Haworth as Shadowman


Remake rights to the Pang Brothers' original 2002 (17 years ago) Hong Kong film, The Eye, were purchased by Cruise/Wagner Productions. This American remake follows Naina, a Hindi movie released in 2005 (14 years ago), that is also based on the Pang Brothers' film. Another notable point is that there was a movie titled Kokila (1990, 29 years ago) in Telugu, the third-most spoken Indian language, which had a very similar story point. The protagonist in the movie loses his eyes and has them transplanted from a hermit who's murdered. The protagonist starts seeing the hermit's murder repeatedly, and the officer investigating that murder stumbles on the protagonist, and they eventually arrest the assassin, after which the protagonist gets normal vision. Whether the Indian movie in a regional language influenced Kokila is not known.

Alba spent much time with the blind soprano Jessica Bachicha to learn about how blind people lived, used the white cane, read Braille etc.

A similar movie was planned by Alfred Hitchcock many years ago, as referenced in Patrick McGilligan's Biography, Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light. (as well as others). The movie was about a blind pianist and Alfred Hitchcock had hoped to get James Stewart to play the part. The pianist undergoes a breakthrough eye transplant surgery and sees images (wallpaper) and things that the donor once saw, including a murder.


The movie was released on Region 1 DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) and Region A Blu-ray on Jun. 3, 2008 (11 years ago). The DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) release comes in both a one-disc version, a Blu-ray Disc and an identical two-disc Special Edition version which they both contain four featurettes - "Shadow World: The Paranormal Past," "Becoming Sydney," "Birth of the Shadowman" and "Dissecting a Disaster", deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer. The two-disc DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) and Blu-ray versions include a digital copy of the movie for use on Windows and Mac computers.


The movie received generally negative reviews from critics, many considering it inferior to the original. On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 21% of critics gave the movie a positive review, based on 75 reviews.


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