THE EYE 3
Directed by Pang Brothers
Written by Mark Wu
Cinematography by Decha Kongmalai
Music by Payont Permsith
Cast: Chen Bo Lin, Isabella Leong, Kaye Yeung, Kris Gu, Ray MacDonald, Bongkoth Kongmalai
2005/86 Mins/Color/Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
1.78:1 anamorphic/Cantonese/Thailand/NTSC Region 1
Review from Lionsgate DVD
A group of teens go to Thailand, on vacation, to visit their friend Chongkwai (Ray MacDonald). After they exchange ghost stories; he shows them a book he just bought that teaches them ten ways to see ghosts. They soon do what the book tells them to. But, then their friend Koefi disappears. And, soon after, ghosts begin to appear everywhere and anywhere, and they become terrified and don’t know what to do next.
I should start by saying that I thought that the first THE EYE was a very good film, and that THE EYE 2 was a worthy sequel. I have not yet seen the American remake, but I wonder could it be any worse than this piece of shit? Unlike, the other two films, which went for straight up scares; this one tries to be funny as well as scary. Most of the time the movie is not funny at all; though a few laughs can be found here and there. The best joke involves one of the kids geting possessed and begining to dance. He “serves” two other kids in a memorable bit.
As for being scary, it is certainly not. In fact, the film lacks any suspense and is completely uninvolving. There is one lame scene where a cutie (Kaye Yeung) gets chased by a fucking basketball! The ghosts, sometimes, look like a bunch of guys in a black metal band wearing corpse paint. The characters do very stupid things throughout the film, which makes you not give a shit for them at all. The girls are pretty, but this does little to save this ultimately stupid and pointless turd.
Lionsgate makes us see ghosts on our screen in this release bought to us in anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1). The picture looks excellent with bright colors and rich, thick blacks. Meanwhile, the Dolby Digital Surround sound is very nice with some good, killer bass. The film is in its original Chinese language and can be seen with English or Spanish subtitles, which are clear and easy to read.
There is little in the way of extras. “10 Ways to See Ghosts” is a featurette concerning the fact that methods used to see ghosts in this film are based mostly on Thai beliefs. It’s a little interesting but way to short. “The Making of The Eye: Infinity (this would seem to be the original title of the film) is an OK fluff piece.
Beyond that, all you will find are trailers for MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, THE EYE 2, THREE EXTREMES, THE EYE (the American remake), and a commercial for FEARNET.COM. For some godforsaken reason, the trailer to the movie, itself, is not included. The film’s twenty chapters can be accessed through the very cool menu. No inlay card is included in the keepcase.
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Review by Giovanni Deldio. All Right Reserved. 2008. ©