Jessica Alba, Alessandro Nivola, Parker Posey
Sydney: You know, when we first met, I didn’t think you were such an ass.
Paul: That’s because you didn’t know how to spot one.
Sydney (Alba) has been blind since she was a young child, but after receiving a corneal transplant, her vision is slowly restored. Only problem is, she starts to see some scary things that she doesn’t want to see. Her doctor (Nivola) is convinced that her brain is just having trouble sorting out all this new information it’s getting, but Sydney thinks there’s more to it than that.
Well, make no mistake, this is not a very good movie, but it’s not quite as bad as I thought it would be. It’s slickly made, has one or two quick moments that might make you jump (see: creepy, lunging lady in the restaurant), and Jessica Alba is surprisingly adequate in the lead role. It does, however, borrow heavily from other movies in tone and plot, and it sports a rather bleak outlook on the afterlife, where scary, growling, alien-like creatures are chomping at the bit to escort the newly dead off to who knows where.
There’s also the question of how exactly did these particular corneas end up in Sydney’s eyes? When we find out the fate of their previous owner, the believability level of her being a donor drops significantly.
The big finale had me flashing back to The Mothman Prophecies, another clunker of a movie, and then the very end of the movie left me rolling my eyes and saying something along the lines of “gee, thanks for the heartwarming after school special message.” Which reminds me, there’s badly written and delivered narration from Alba at the beginning and end of the movie. I’m not sure who thought this was a good idea, but they were wrong.
I must have had really low expectations if this review indicates that I liked it more than I thought I would. There were a few good moments (like Sydney seeing a picture of herself and being confused because that’s not who she sees in the mirror) and the acting is decent, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend it as something worth seeing.
If strange things start happening to you, don’t even bother trying to tell other people about it because they will NEVER believe you.
10 – 3 because it just doesn’t make a lot of sense at times – 1 for not being very scary – .6 for a gosh awful last couple of mintues = 5.4