To give him credit, Shia LaBeouf certainly has landed himself in one of the most blessed positions in Hollywood. As the now-apparent go-to guy for director Steven Spielberg, LaBeouf has managed to make the unlikely transformation from Disney Channel has-been to box-office gold.
Unfortunately, not all of the films featuring LaBeouf are worth the aforementioned gold. Eagle Eye, reportedly based on a germ of a concept by Spielberg, reunites LaBeouf and Disturbia director D.J. Caruso but somehow neglects to fully recreate the potency of that hit.
The convoluted storyline attempts to raise very real questions about the potential threat of technology, but the output is complex at times and completely illogical at others. The story also attempts to paint main characters Jerry Shaw (LaBeouf) and Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan) in a three-dimensional light at times by randomly giving the two a few moments of peace between action sequences.
Fortunately, the film is somewhat elevated by the acting. LaBeouf proves again his ability to slip into a character comfortably, while Monaghan proves to be a worthy partner. Billy Bob Thornton, Rosario Dawson, and Michael Chiklis all provide worthy supporting work.
It is unfortunate, though, that a film with the potential of the basic story and the cast manages to fall somewhat flat. The film works best as a standard summer film, which makes the film’s release date all the more likely to let LaBeouf strike box-office gold yet again.