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Angel Eyes
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09.27.2004 By: The Shootin Surgeon
Angel Eyes order
Director:
Luis Mandoki

Actors:
Jennifer Lopez
Jim Caviezel
Sonia Braga

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A strange man who’s lost everything in a terrible auto accident roams the streets of Chicago aimlessly until he falls in love with a beautiful cop who’s got issues of her own. As his identity pieces itself together, it turns out the two may have met before…
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Although not very successful at the box office, this movie certainly wasn’t disastrous by any standard. Say what you will about Jennifer Lopez, she may sing some of the worst tunes in town but she’s a very talented actress. She comes through very well as Sharon Pogue, a tough Chicago cop with skeletons in her closet who really isn’t as tough a cookie as she’s like everyone else to think. She’s well complemented here by Jim Caviezel. He’s got that shocked look in his eyes that adds a bit of credibility to his character and his honest performance as Catch, a nice guy with a horrid past.

The hard luck couple goes through some highs and lows as Catch tries to reconcile his past and Sharon tries to iron out her troubles with a dysfunctional family. It’s actually a great date movie: you get the whole "relationship" thing, but you also get cops and criminals. That being said, the movie does move kind of slow and there’s no real change of pace or change of mood throughout the entire picture and you find yourself wondering if anything good will ever happen to these people. The movie does a good job of keeping your interest though and although the opportunity was definitely there, the director doesn’t ruin the whole thing with an all-happy ending. A short running time of 103 minutes is an added bonus.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: An entire commentary track is available from director Luis Mandoki and boy, does he take advantage of it. The man literally does not take the time to breathe as he talks his way through the whole movie giving a mixture of irrelevant insight and very interesting stories. I’m like that with commentary tracks though: I don’t really care for what they say, but I really enjoy when someone sounds passionate about the movie. He does.

Not much there. Aside from the above-mentioned Commentary, the only other morsel is a really basic and incomplete Filmography of the few main players. Considering the small roles of the supporting cast, you really don’t starve for information about them once the movie's done with….
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
It’s a good little movie depending on your mood. Good to watch on a rainy Sunday night when you’re not in the mood for car chases and karate chops. I don’t regret watching this movie and I don’t see why someone would. So do yourself a favor and the next time you’ve got the blues, check out these two people who’ve got much bigger problems than you
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