Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Gin Gwai/The Eye (2002)

--Reviewed by Lindy Loo

Plotline: A woman, blinded in her youth, becomes the recipient of an eye transplant. As her eyes adjust and she begins to see strange things, she must call into question whether they are just a matter of her brain rewiring itself to understand sight or something to be very very afraid of.

Scariness factor: Holy shit--even just looking at the pic right below freaks me the hell out. And the movie itself MOVES. So yeah: high high high scariness factor.

Gross-Out Factor: Pretty minimal actually. Relies moreso on jump-in-your-seat moments.

Complaints: Really, I can't think of anything.

High Points: The first thing that pops into my head that I like about this movie is how it uses drastic change in volume-levels of its score/dialogue to freak you the hell out. It's really kind of brilliant because it's almost impossible to not jump in your seat when the voice of someone unseen by the main character begins to whisper and then seconds later BLASTS out your speakers with sound. Other brilliant things: everything that the 2008 version does wrong, this version did right. It makes its moments spooky as hell. It's got decent acting. It may not have the best special fx at times, but you're willing to overlook them. And (unlike the 2008 version, which I just realized COMPLETELY altered the ending to make it cheery) it has a dark ending that will freak you out. But most importantly, it is scary scary scary. Many moments that will make you jump or make you sit all white-knuckled in your seat. The elevator scene is particularly noteworthy. I think I held my breath the first time I saw it.

Overall: This really is a fantastic film. Burn the 2008 version and order this one instead.

Grade: A



At 11:44 PM, Blogger Joanne said...

Ahhh, I'm tempted to rent this. Does this movie have subtitles?

At 7:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, it does. But seriously: well-worth it. It will truly truly creep you out, promise.

At 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asian horror films are so brilliant *cough* Ringu *cough*.

I'll have to watch this one.

At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, another great film courtesy of our Asian films. The bond the main character had with the little boy was heart wrenching.


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