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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
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.