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The Eye

98 min | Turkey:92 min (DVD version)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
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David Moreau
2 wins & 3 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2008-02-01
Filming Locations: 7th Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA
Budget: $12,000,000
Opening Weekend: $12,425,776 (USA) (3 February 2008)
Gross: $31,418,697 (USA) (10 April 2008)
Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba
The Eye
Alessandro Nivola
Dr. Paul Faulkner
Parker Posey
Helen Wells
Rade Serbedzija
Simon McCullough
Fernanda Romero
Ana Christina Martinez
Rachel Ticotin
Rosa Martinez
Obba Babatundé
Dr. Haskins
Danny Mora
Brett A. Haworth
Kevin Phan
Tomi Cheung
Tamlyn Tomita
Mrs. Cheung
Esodie Geiger
Karen Austin
Mrs. Hillman
Ryan J. Pezdirc
Nurse Room Attendant
James Salas
Brett O'Mara
Landall Goolsby
Sarah Baker Grillo
Cousin Sarah
Laura Slowinski
Richard Redlefsen
Amanda Shamis Flannery
Kisha Sierra
Mark Bankins
David Milchard
Café Waiter #1
Kimani Ray Smith
Café Waiter #2
Heather Doerksen
Sickly Woman
Peter King
Burned Hallway Man
Tegan Moss
Teenage Girl
Kam Hing Chau
Kam Lam Yuen Cook
Jasmin Dring
Kam Lam Yuen Waitress
James H. Spencer
Elevator Ghost
Ingrid M. Nelson
Children's Nurse
Daniel Romero
Village Kid
Zak Santiago
Juan Carlos Cantu
Factory Foreman
Mike Elliott
Driver at Border
Mia Stallard
Little Girl
Jane E. Goold
Little Girl's Mother
Tone Forrest
Bus Driver
Danielle Lozeau
Teenage Girl on Bus
Robert Cain
Coach on Bus
Don Abernathy
Man with Umbrella (uncredited)
Michael Bravo
Opera Patron
Liezl Carstens
Woman on the Street
Brian Keith Gamble
Young Guy in Elevator
Karen M. Hudson
Angry Villager
Daniel Knight
FBI Agent (uncredited)
Kathleen LaGue
Ward Nurse
William E. Marshall
Laura Monaco
Woman with the Umbrella (uncredited)
Eduardo Noda
Girard Swan
Border Officer
Z. Ray Wakeman
Market Guy
Maria Zambrana
Businesswoman (uncredited)
Foued Zayani
Business Man at Market (uncredited)
Paul Zepeda
Sushi Chef
Did you know?
To prepare for her role, Jessica Alba spent several weeks at the New Mexico Commission for the Blind (NMCB) where she underwent a course with a specialized instructor. She also spent a lot of time observing and hanging out with Jessica Bachicha, a blind soprano singer.
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While filming at the University of British Columbia, Jessica Alba would often mess up her lines and upon doing so would systematically scream the F word at the top of her lungs. Eventually, the annoyed crew started echoing her screams throughout the building.
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Jessica Alba declared that while she'd been wanting to do a horror thriller for a long time, she didn't want to do a slasher where each character dies in a more outrageous and bloody way, whereas she found this film to be elegant and very well written and her character Sydney to be elaborate and very interesting, thus enabling her to stretch her acting abilities.
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When Sydney is at the Chinese restaurant, the meat that the cook was cutting is alternating between more and less cut.
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The music from Sidney's violin does not match her arm movement at all.
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During the scene where Dr. Faulkner gives Sydney her donor's information, we can see the distance between the taxi and a Fedex Kinko's office change. As the taxi is taking off, the Fedex office starts to look more distant. When Faulkner stops the taxi abruptly and makes Sydney get off it, the distance between the taxi and Fedex has shrunk considerably. This implies that the taxi went forward and then backward, when it was clearly just going forward.
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Dr. Paul Faulkner: You already filter information from sound, smell, and touch. But now you're gonna be assaulted by a million things you never even knew existed. It's a whole new level of confusion. Do I look here or here? Is that bright thing important? Or this dark one moving toward me, away from me? Dangerous or not? As long as your eyes are open, there are just too many distractions. I mean, how do you concentrate? I'm talking to you and you're looking at that woman, and you're thinking, "Is she gonna eat that?" That's a pineapple by the way. You cut it open...
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Sydney Wells: [voice-over while Sydney is playing the violin] Some say seeing is believing. Now I know what they mean. Ana Christina tried to prevent death, but she ultimately powerless to stop it. Ana and I share both a blessing and a curse. I know now I don't need eyes to see what truly matters. The gift of Ana's sight made me see what I was afraid to. To use that vision to not only save myself and others but to give Ana the peace she never found in life.
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Alicia Millstone: I know you're scared. Don't be. 'Cause the world really is beautiful.
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How did Sydney become blinded at five?
She and her sister Helen were playing with firecrackers.
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDbs Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Eye can be found here.
What is 'The Eye' about?
Violinist Sydney Wells (Jessica Alba), blind since the age of five, undergoes a corneal transplant. She not only receives the gift of eyesight, but second sight as well. She can now see ghosts and begins having visions of fire and people caught in fire, almost always at 1:06 AM. When she tries to tell someone about it, however, no one will believe her...not her sister Helen (Parker Posey) nor Paul Faulkner (Alessandro Nivola), the doctor who is supposed to be helping with her ocular development and rehabilitation. Consequently, Sydney sets out to find her donor and figure out what these visions are all about.
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Photos from cast
Jessica Alba Chloë Grace Moretz