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Eye of the Beholder
A startling journey into obsession, the story of an intelligence agent so taken with a beautiful killer he cannot bear to apprehend her. Set in the surreal world of a high-tech voyeur, the tale...  View more >

Starring Ewan McGregor, Ashley Judd, K.D. Lang...  View more >

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[--- Stay Away! ---]by  
Feb 6, 2000
This story would be a rip off if admission was a dollar. This movie is by far the worst film that the four of us have seen ever. You would be better lighting a match to the money than paying to see this . This is not even a worthwhile late-night, can't sleep movie. It should be burned!!!!
[--- Stay Away! ---]by  
Feb 6, 2000
I would rather have been getting a root canal than sitting through this plotless, pointless, endless movie.
[--- See Now! ---]by  
Feb 6, 2000
This movie starts running right away and keeps you going. The middle slows down and the ending leaves you feeling empty, you want more to the story. It is however, a fabulous story of obsession, two hurt people find each other. I found it held my interest. It is quite an interesting story. Bravo to Ashley Judd....she is a fabulous actress! Ewan McGregor also held his own. Go see this film if you like psychological thriller stuff.
[--- Stay Away! ---]by  
Feb 6, 2000
The movie lacked a story line, focus and any sense of audience involvement. In many movies of this type, clarification comes that the end of the movie. At that point, it all makes sense, you have closure. With this movie, it never makes sense. From the opening scene to the lame ending, this movie is among the worst I have ever seen.
[--- Stay Away! ---]by  
Feb 6, 2000
This film is dull, violent and pointless, like a joke with no punch line. It has no entertainment value, unless you consider following trail of sensless murders fun. The visual prespective is very good and the photography is also.
If you liked Eyes Wide Shut you may find a scene or two worth watching. I was sorry I wasted my time and money.
[--- Stay Away! ---]by  
Feb 6, 2000
This movie had no plot and was completely senseless. Don't waste your money on this movie!!!!!
[--- Stay Away! ---]by  
Mar 2, 2000
Like the voyeuristic protagonist in "Eye of the Beholder", the movie itself fumbles around in the shadows - always peering in, but never making an effort to understand that which it is observing. Astonishingly, this is a film that seems unwilling to participate in its own story.

Ewan McGregor plays a British intelligence agent who has been assigned to track down Joanna Eris (Ashley Judd), a woman suspected of blackmailing the son of a high-placed British official. What he discovers is not a simple case of blackmail - but an increasingly claustrophobic web of deception, murder, and obsession. He is repulsed by her actions, but is not willing to bring her down, mainly because she reminds him of the daughter he alienated by obsessing about his work rather than family. To catch her would be to lose her, and he can't afford to make the same mistake he made with his daughter. Instead, he follows her around the globe - watching, waiting, and becoming more intrigued with each passing second.

Essentially, this is a film about obsession, although it doesn't make an effort to explore the nature of the obsession. The movie, like the British agent, just sits and watches. It creates its own inertia, keeping it from proceeding in any kind of direction. The two lost souls are brought together way too late, and the ending is so rushed it loses any kind of potential impact.

And yet, the visual style of the film is absolutely terrific. Director Stephan
("The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert") Elliott creates stunning transitions between locales and uses numerous camera angles and techniques to create a truly inventive look to the film. If only the story could match the level of the visuals.

Consider the tragic nature of obsession itself - the concept of having all one's thoughts and emotions constricted, wrapped up, boxed in - unable to breathe, to feel, to be free, to live any kind of life. The British agent certainly suffered from this affliction, but why does the movie have to?

--Michael Brendan, "Mad Dog" Film Reviews (www.maddogreviews.com)

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