The United States armed forces have a lead on a suspected terrorist in Baluchistan, but as the man is a recluse, getting a positive ID proves difficult, and the Department of Defense’s computer system recommends that the mission be aborted. The Secretary of Defense (Michael Chiklis) agrees with the abort recommendation, but the President orders the mission be carried out anyway. This turns into a political backlash when all of the victims turn out to be civilians, and retaliatory suicide bombings target US citizens in response.
Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) is a Stanford University dropout who lacks direction and faces financial difficulty. He finds out that his more ambitious twin brother Ethan, an Air Force lieutenant with expertise in parallel algorithms and quantum electronics, is dead. Following the funeral in January 2013, he goes to withdraw some money from an ATM and is surprised to see that he has $ 750,000 in his account. When he returns home, he finds his apartment filled with a large number of weapons, explosives, and forged documents. He receives a phone call from an unknown woman, with a vaguely familiar voice, who explains that the FBI will apprehend him in thirty seconds and that he must escape.
Not believing her, he is caught by the FBI and sent to an interrogation room where he meets Special Agent Thomas Morgan (Billy Bob Thornton). When Morgan leaves the room to meet with Air Force Office of Special Investigations Special Agent Zoe Perez (Rosario Dawson), the unknown woman arranges Jerry’s escape over a phone by a crane which hits the building. Jerry has escaped and the unknown woman has him join up with single mother Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan). The unknown woman is coercing Rachel into assisting Jerry by threatening to kill her son, Sam, a trumpet player on his way to Washington, D.C., from Chicago for a band recital.
The woman helps the pair to avoid the Chicago Police and FBI units, demonstrating the ability to remotely control virtually any networked device, such as traffic lights that turns into green, cell phones, automated cranes, and even electrical wires. While Jerry and Rachel follow her instructions, the woman has other ‘agents’ (other people whom she has blackmailed) create a crystal explosive made into a necklace and its sound-based trigger placed inside Sam’s trumpet. Jerry and Rachel are led from Chicago to Washington, D.C. via Kendall County, Indianapolis and Dayton, Ohio through various means. They reach a Circuit City electronics store to which the woman directs them. Over several television screens she introduces herself to them: she is a top secret supercomputer, the same one seen in the beginning of the film, called “Autonomous Reconnaissance Intelligence Integration Analyst” (ARIIA) (voiced by Julianne Moore) tasked with gathering intelligence from all over the world.
In light of the mistake made by the President at the beginning of the film, ARIIA has decided that the executive branch is a threat to the public good and must be eliminated. ARIIA plans to destroy the President’s cabinet, and calls this Operation Guillotine. She has decided to leave the Secretary of Defense — who had agreed with her recommendation to abort the mission — as the successor to the presidency. ARIIA does not reveal this to Jerry or Rachel, merely explaining that she is trying to help the people of the United States.
At the Pentagon, where ARIIA is housed, Agent Perez discovers that Jerry’s late brother, Ethan, worked as a technician for the computer and locked it down to prevent ARIIA from carrying out her plan. Perez warns the Secretary of Defense and they discuss the situation in a sealed room to prevent ARIIA from hearing their conversation. Jerry and Rachel arrive at the Pentagon and are led to the supercomputer, where ARIIA forces Jerry to impersonate Ethan and use his own biometrics to override the lockdown, allowing her to go ahead with the plan.
ARIIA shows Jerry CCTV footage displaying Ethan’s fatal car crash, explaining that she orchestrated his death because he was a threat to her plans. ARIIA then instructs Rachel to eliminate Jerry to prevent the lock from being reinstated, but Rachel cannot bring herself to do it. Rachel is led out of the building, when ARIIA calls in some guards, while Jerry is caught by Agent Morgan. Having been warned by Agent Perez, Morgan believes Jerry’s story and takes him to the United States Capitol. ARIIA sends a MQ-9 Reaper UCAV after them. They barely escape the drone’s first pass, and Agent Morgan sacrifices himself to destroy the drone and save Jerry. Meanwhile, Agent Perez returns to the supercomputer and destroys it by draining out the cooling fluid.
Rachel is unknowingly given the explosive necklace by an official who was also coerced by ARIIA and Rachel is sent to the Capitol to watch the President’s speech where she is left to die along with her son and the presidential staff. Sam’s class, whose recital has been moved from the Kennedy Center to the Capitol for the President’s State of the Union Address, begins to play. The trigger that will set off the explosive necklace is set to activate when Sam plays a sustained “high F” on his trumpet corresponding to the word “free” in the last stanza of the U.S. national anthem, as ARIIA had arranged this as poetic justice, believing the president to not be brave. Jerry successfully gains entry dressed as a Capitol policeman and fires his pistol into the air, stopping the performance just before the deadly note. Jerry is then shot several times by a confused Secret Service agent.
In a hearing after the chaos ARIIA caused, the Secretary of Defense urges that another supercomputer should not be built: “sometimes the very measures we put into place to safeguard our liberty become threats to liberty itself,” he cautions them. Ethan posthumously receives the Medal of Honor and Agent Morgan posthumously receives the Commendation Medal, while Jerry, injured but alive and well, receives the Congressional Gold Medal.[verification needed] The film ends with Jerry attending Sam’s birthday party. Rachel thanks him for attending, which her ex-husband had never done, and kisses him on the cheek. She then tells Jerry that she’s glad he’s there. He then responds, “Me too”.
Chance for a sequel
An alternate ending on DVD shows Rachel’s son Sam playing Rock Band with his friends at his birthday party. Later interrupted by an unknown signal on the TV screen showing warning message “HELLO, SAM please watch very carefully”, making a seed for the sequel.
Shia LaBeouf as Jerry Shaw (the main protagonist of the film), and as his deceased twin brother Ethan Shaw
Michelle Monaghan as Rachel Holloman
Billy Bob Thornton as Thomas Morgan, FBI
Rosario Dawson as Zoe Perez, Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) Agent
Michael Chiklis as George Callister, the US Secretary of Defense
Ethan Embry as Toby Grant, FBI
Anthony Mackie as Major William Bowman
Cameron Boyce as Sam Holloman, Rachel’s son
Julianne Moore (uncredited) as the voice of the super computer ARIIA (the main antagonist of the film)
Screenwriter Dan McDermott wrote the original script for Eagle Eye based on an idea by Steven Spielberg who had been inspired by Isaac Asimov’s short story “All the Troubles of the World.” The studio DreamWorks then bought McDermott’s script and set up the project to potentially be directed by Spielberg. When the director became busy with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, he dropped out of the project. Director D.J. Caruso, who directed the 1996 TV series High Incident under Spielberg’s executive production, replaced the director in helming Eagle Eye, with Spielberg remaining as executive producer. In June 2007, actor LaBeouf who was involved in Spielberg’s and Caruso’s 2007 film Disturbia and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, re-joined the director and executive producer to star as the lead in Eagle Eye. McDermott’s script was rewritten by screenwriters John Glenn, Travis Wright, and Hillary Seitz in preparation for production. Filming began on November 6, 2007 and wrapped in February 2008. The film’s visual effects were created by Sony Pictures Imageworks.
Caruso said by the time the film came to fruition twelve years later, “the technology had finally caught up to the storytelling… Everybody has a BlackBerry or an iPhone on their belt, and we think we’re constantly being tracked. It’s less science fiction than when Steven (Spielberg) conceived it.” Caruso wanted to bring a gritty, 1970s-era sensibility to the film. Accordingly, a key chase scene in a high-tech package-processing hub on conveyor belts was shot without the use of computer-generated imagery. “It was like Chutes and Ladders for adults. It was pretty dangerous, and a lot of fun.” While filming the scene, Monaghan suffered a welt after a cable brushed her neck and Caruso hit his head on a protruding bolt, requiring stitches.
The music to Eagle Eye was written by composer Brian Tyler, who recorded the score with an 88-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony at the Sony Scoring Stage. The session was interrupted by the Chino Hills earthquake on July 29, 2008nd a recording of the quake hitting the scoring stage is online. The score was released on iTunes on September 25, 2008 and followed by a CD release on September 30.
The official movie website features an ARG type of gameplay system to promote the film. The voice previewed behind the phone in multiple trailers contacts the player, placing them in unique experiences. This has been called the “Eagle Eye Freefall Experience”. While official cast listings do not list the name of the actress behind the mysterious voice featured in the film and trailers, Rosario Dawson confirmed at the Hollywood premiere that it belongs to Julianne Moore.
Eagle Eye received mixed to negative reviews from critics, primarily for its unoriginal plot, and for its possible political message. As of November 29, 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 27% of critics gave the film positive reviews based on 159 reviews, with the consensus that the film is “a preposterously plotted thriller that borrows heavily from other superior films.” Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 43 out of 100, based on 28 reviewsndicating mixed or average reviews.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave Eagle Eye a score of two stars out of four, saying: “The word preposterous is too moderate to describe Eagle Eye. This film contains not a single plausible moment after the opening sequence, and that’s borderline. It’s not an assault on intelligence. It’s an assault on consciousness.” James Berardinelli of ReelViews gave the film one and a half stars out of four, saying: “This movie tests the viewing public’s tolerance for enduring crass stupidity when the payoff is a series of repetitive, ADD-infected chase scenes. Director D.J. Caruso does a moderately good job of hiding how incredibly dumb this screenplay is by keeping things moving at such a whirlwind pace that a lot more seems to be happening than actually is. In reality, the chase scenes don’t mean anything because they don’t advance the plott’s mice on a treadmill, running and running and not getting anywhere.” The Hollywood Reporter called it a “slick, silly techno thriller” and “Even those who surrender all disbelief at the door will be hard pressed not to smirk at some of wildly improbable plotting.”
Josh Rosenblatt of The Austin Chronicle enjoyed the film, calling it “good, manic fun plus a heavy dose of political intrigue adding up to two hours of clamorous, mind-numbing nonsense.” Calling it “The Transporter 2 on crack.” William Arnold of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer also gave Eagle Eye a positive review, remarking that it’s “engrossing as an intellectual puzzle” and “a solid thriller.” Mark Bell of Film Threat said: “the film isn’t a complete waste of your time [...] but don’t expect anything brilliant.” Nathan Rabin The Onion’s A.V. Club called the film “achingly idiotic” and “the unintentional laugh riot of the year.” Neely Tucker of The Washington Post said that Eagle Eye is “sometimes entertaining” but “doesn’t have much to say.” Robert Koehler of Variety felt that the film’s “first 35 minutes sizzle” but “the story [becomes] near-parody in the final act.”
In its opening weekend, Eagle Eye grossed $ 29.1 million in 3,510 theaters in the United States and Canada, reaching the first place position at the box office. As of February 15, 2013, it has grossed $ 178,066,569 worldwide$ 101.4 million in the United States and Canada and $ 76.6 million in other territories.. The budget of the film was $ 80 million.
Eagle Eye was released on DVD and Blu-ray only in select stores on December 26, 2008, exactly three months after its theatrical release, September 26, 2008. In the first week on the DVD sales chart, Eagle Eye sold 182,592 units which translated to $ 3.3m in revenue. In the second week, however, sales rose tremendously to 1,044,682 for that week, opening at #1 and acquiring revenue of $ 18,862,151 for that week. As per the latest figures[when?], 2,181,959 units have been sold, bringing in $ 38,008,436 in revenue. This does not include Blu-ray sales/DVD rentals.
The next day, it was released nationwide. iTunes released it a month later only as a rental.
A mobile game based on the film was developed and published by Magmic Games. It was released for BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, BREW, and J2ME devices prior to the film’s launch in early September. There are also two games on the film’s web site.
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Films directed by D.J. Caruso
The Salton Sea (2002) Taking Lives (2004) Two for the Money (2005) Disturbia (2007) Eagle Eye (2008)
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Steven Spielberg filmography
The Sugarland Express (1974) Jaws (1975) Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) 1941 (1979)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) The Color Purple (1985) Empire of the Sun (1987) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) Always (1989)
Hook (1991) Jurassic Park (1993) Schindler’s List (1993) The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) Amistad (1997) Saving Private Ryan (1998)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) Minority Report (2002) Catch Me If You Can (2002) The Terminal (2004) War of the Worlds (2005) Munich (2005) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn (2011)
Lincoln (2011) Interstellar (TBA) The 39 Clues (TBA) Oldboy (TBA) Chocky (TBA) Pirate Latitudes (TBA)
I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978) Used Cars (1980) Continental Divide (1981) Poltergeist (1982) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) Gremlins (1984) Back to the Future (1985) The Goonies (1985) Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
Hot Springs Village, AR (PRWEB) May 15, 2014
As the generation that defined rock and roll, embraced counterculture and fought for civil rights turns 65, baby boomer retirements are on the rise, and many are considering relocation. While they may want to leave the 9-to-5 routine behind, it doesnt mean these trendsetters are likely to slow down. Like everything else, baby boomers are redefining retirement, looking for a community where they can maintain an active lifestyle with plenty of choices for both outdoor activities and social gatherings.
Hot Springs Village has a growing number of baby boomers, and they have recently rallied together to form Boomers Rock. The club was started last September when Susan Stewart wanted to form a social club with others who shared similar interests in music and entertainment.
The best decision Ive made since moving to Hot Springs Village was to respond to Susans call for boomers to come together for fun and to help evolve the Village for the benefit of future residents, said Cindi Erickson, co-leader of the club.
The club is open to anyone who appreciates the events, activities and music of the baby boomer age. Each month the group gets together at a local venue for a cocktail/dinner party to socialize, listen to music and catch up on club activities.
In addition, members organize special events like a dance, crawfish boil, pot luck, bon fire and wine tasting. Whenever possible, they like to have a live band. The dance earlier this year featured a classic cover band, Code Blue playing songs by Led Zeppelin, Creedence Clearwater and the Eagles. Tin Pan Alley, a southern rock/blues band, will play at the crawfish boil.
While the club members like to have a good time, its not all about the party. The club also provides opportunities for philanthropic work and encourages members to get involved with the community through memberships on committees and ad hoc groups.
For those of us already here, it provides opportunities to meet people from all over who find the entertainment and activities of our generation attractive, said Erickson. Equally important, though, is to show that there is a thriving, active group of people here.
A community with outdoor recreational amenities tops the must-have list for retiring boomers. For my husband it was golf. For me, it is the lakeside living and boating, said Erickson. We both agree that this is a beautiful, safe oasis. Boomers Rock and friendships are the necessary final ingredients.
Boomers Rock is touted as the fastest growing club in the Village. With thousands of baby boomers retiring every day, this trend will most likely continue.
Hot Springs Village is the nations largest gated community with 26,000 acres of playground spread across the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. It has everything needed for an active lifestyle including organized sports, lakes, scenic trails and enough clubs and organizations to satisfy almost any creative inspiration or philanthropic desire.
Nine signature golf courses and numerous golf leagues allow golfers to play competitively or for recreational fun. A 13-court tennis facility does the same by offering lessons for beginners or league play for the competitive spirited.
The Coronado Fitness Center is a full workout facility and includes a large exercise area with weight and cardio equipment, a three-lane walking track, indoor pool and personal trainers. Exercise classes like yoga, zumba, spinning or water aerobics adds variety to the workout.
Theres also plenty of space for outdoor recreation. Boat, fish or swim at one of the 11 lakes inside the gates. Three lakes have swim beaches and pavilions; and two have full-service marinas for boat or kayak rentals. And, there is over 26 miles of forested, pet-friendly trails.
With over 200 clubs, its easy to learn a new hobby or improve on a favorite. The computer clubs keeps everyone up-to-date on the latest technologies whether its the new iPhone or Kindle HD. Take up pickleball, join a cycling group or become a master gardener. Make new friends playing cards, going to dances or meeting at the performing arts center which hosts over 75 events annually.
Enjoy year-round community events. The sprint triathlon is scheduled in May, the British Car and Motorcycle and Scooter Show in June and a Summerfest celebration begins on July 4th. The DeSoto Club hosts social events designed by E. Fay Jones including a Cinco de Mayo celebration, Monte Carlo Military Ball and a Murder Mystery Dinner.
Centrally located, Hot Springs Village is just 15 minutes from historic Bath House Row in Hot Springs and an hour from Little Rock, where there is plenty of shopping, arts and culture, restaurants and comprehensive, world-class medical facilities. For those baby boomers retiring today whod like more information about Hot Springs Village, please visit http://www.visithsv.com/.