The Eye (15)

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Jessica Alba sees dead people. That's the highly unexciting premise of this metaphysical chiller, based on the Asian horror film of the same name. She plays a blind concert violinist whose sight is restored by a cornea transplant, but along with these new peepers come the memories of the previous owner – and they're not cheery. In fact, poor old Jess comes face to face with the very shadow of death!

Alessandro Nivola plays the eye specialist who has to be convinced she's not insane. Here is a world familiar to the genre: hospital corridors are always empty, elevators are always haunted, and the flashbacks are always traumatic. The special-effects department work overtime trying to give us a fright, but it's frightful in all the wrong ways – portentous, predictable and terminally boring.





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