Survival is a killer.
Jake Malloy (Sylvester Stallone, First Blood, Cliffhanger) is a cop with a past that won't let go. While searching for a killer whose M.O. is hunting down cops and drilling out their eyes, Jake's beautiful girlfriend (Dina Meyer, Starship Troopers) becomes the crazed psycho's latest victim. Over the phone Jake learns that the killer's reason for her death is simple—he wants revenge against Jake for screwing up one of his crime sprees years ago. After finding his girlfriend dead and chasing down whom Jake assumes is the killer (who eventually hangs himself), Jake finds himself drinking himself to a slow death in the local bars. Jake's boss Hendricks (Charles S. Dutton, A Time To Kill) will have none of this—after Jake attempts and botches up a suicide attempt, Hendricks hauls him into to a detox center for cops in the middle of nowhere, run by the a gruff ex-cop named Doc (Kris Kristofferson, Blade II). Inside the giant center (which looks like an enormous stone prison), Jake comes face to face with his demons and the rest of the Doc's patients (Robert Patrick, Sean Patrick Flanery, Robert Prosky, Jeffrey Wright, etcetera). As Jake attempts to come to grips with his life, his past begins to bubble up as one by one the patients start turning up…dead! Suddenly the realization hits Jake like a ton of bricks—his old nemesis is back to settle one final score. With all communications cut off and nowhere to run, Jake must come face to face with his past if he's ever to survive the present.
Eye See You is a strange little flick. Originally titled "D-Tox," Eye See You features a high-powered star (Stallone) and a very able-bodied cast. The film was directed by Jim Gillespie, who also helmed the popular (if cruddy) teen horror flick I Know What You Did Last Summer. Combine all these elements and you'd assume this would be a big budget hit, or at the very least a theatrical release, right? Wrong. Eye See You ended up being a straight-to-DVD title with little in the way of fanfare. So just what is Eye See You? Well, it's a horror movie, though it's not very scary. It's also a murder mystery, though the murderer isn't much of a mystery. You could also consider it an action movie, though the action scenes aren't very thrilling. In fact, Eye See You tries to be all things to all people, and ends up being a mess. (And it stars Sly Stallone. What are the odds?) While watching Eye See You, I was reminded of John Carpenter's remake of The Thing—in fact, Eye See You so mirrors that superior 1982 horror flick that it's almost eerie: a group of folks stuck in a frozen tundra, all the while attempting to figure out who the killer is before they're picked off one by one. Take the alien theme out of The Thing, and you've got Eye See You with a different cast. To his credit, Stallone gives a better-than-average performance as the tortured Malloy. Of the rest of the cast, Robert Patrick as an angry cop and Kris Kristofferson as the facility's owner fare best—the rest of the actors are wasted on a mediocre script that lacks any true originality. By the time the killer was unveiled I was so thoroughly bored that I couldn't have cared less. Combine this with the fact that it's not much of a revelation to begin with, and you've got yourself a pretty dull flick. Though there are many fine movies that bypass the theaters and go straight to DVD, Eye See You is one that definitely deserved its shaft.
Eye See You is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. Though the film ended up going straight to DVD, this transfer is in excellent condition. The colors and black levels are all sharp and detailed without any major imperfections marring the image. I was fairly impressed with how good this picture looked for such an unknown flick. Also included on this disc is a full frame pan-and-scan version of the film, though it's not recommended. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, as well as Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, both in English. The 5.1 mix on this disc is aggressive and active—both the front and rear speakers are engaged throughout almost the entire length of the film. All aspects of the mix are free and clear of any excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc is a Dolby Digital 5.1 track in English, as well as Spanish subtitles (the package says English, though they aren't on the disc).
Surprisingly, Eye See You sports a few extra features (rare on most Columbia straight-to-DVD titles). Included on this disc are interviews with nine of the film's principle cast members (though Stallone is conspicuously missing). The cast talks about everything—from why they decided to do the film to, what it was like working in such harsh conditions. Eight deleted scenes shed a little more light on the characters, though not enough to have warranted their inclusion in the final cut of the film. All of these are presented in non-anamorphic widescreen with time code on the bottom of the screen. Finally there is a theatrical trailer for the film presented in non-anamorphic widescreen.
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