Eye 2, The
Qi Shu
Directed By:
Oxide and Danny Pang

Honestly, I never thought the original The Eye film would ever see a sequel. Not that I'm complaining as it proved to be one of the few oriental horror flicks that I actually enjoyed as a drama as well as a horror flick. The sequel doesn't follow the events of the first, but takes the ideas set up by the first film in a different direction. This time around, the main character is Joey Cheng, a young woman who tries to commit suicide after her boyfriend dumps her, only to change her mind. When she's pulled back from death, she returns with the ability to see the dead.

This newfound ability leads to the strength of the story - a concept in which life and death are connected. As the story moves along, the main character must deal with her pregnancy and what affect it will have on her and the world she now sees all too well. But, when her pregnancy comes to full term, she's forced to see that the dead want her child for a reason that she doesn't quite understand.

The performances, direction and script are all executed well. While the pacing may be a little slow, the direction is deliberate and shows a a crisp, realistic world in which the supernatural feels all too bizarre. While most eastern horror flicks tend to falter from some mediocre acting, the cast for this film is all around solid and displays a well-balanced range of emotions, reacting to situations as any normal person may.

While the world is pretty real, the horror is never so much scary as it is creepy. The movements of the ghosts are fluid, as if moving through water, making their actions disturbing. You never really have any jump-out-and-go-boo scares, but for the core of the story, that's really unnecessary. The whole story builds in it's mood and horror, creating a twofold world or living and dead.

One of the nicest aspects of this film is the realistic depictions of suicides, both by overdose and by jumping. In fact, the jump scenes or so brutally realistic that I have to wonder how they were pulled off. The overdose sequence shows a far more painful affect that most movies never show - one that people who have actually attempted suicide would know all too well.

For a sequel, The Eye 2 is actually quite excellent without being forced into following the footsteps of the original. The fact that the sequel successfully takes a different course is a refreshing change of pace. If you enjoyed the first film, be sure to check this one out.

- - Vane

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