Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
After a terrorist attack, the US decides to link every surveillance camera in the country into one mighty network known as ODIN (Optical Defense Intelligence Network). This system consists of a bunch of walking robotic cameras called Eyeborgs which watch out and over everyone. Of course, weird murders start happening and the Eyeborgs are called into question- who is controlling them? A dude who works for Homeland Security, the dorky President's nephew and an annoying broadcast journalist must crack the case before the president is killed!
Is it good movie?
For some of you, I will only need to say one thing- Danny Trejo is in this movie. He plays a freedom fighter/musical repairman named G-Man. Awesome, no? Okay, for the people who don't consider themselves Trejo completists, I will log into further detail. If you love conspiracy theories and other crackpot notions and are reading this review with tinfoil on your head to protect your brainwaves, this little flick will be right up your alley. You may have trouble getting behind the character of Adrian Paul, Reynolds. He's a character who you might find yourself simply not caring too much about because they guy does far too much standing around and observing than making an impact on the plot. Just sayin'.
Eyeborgs plays like a schlocky B movie from the 50s that has been updated to serve our xenophobic and terror-filled mentality today. On the cover of the film, you see a huge Eyeborg ready to deal out damage. In the film, they're super cute little guys that remind me of mousers from the Ninja Turtles. They're not to be trifled with as they do carry some machinery to hurt you, but they're not very imposing. You've also got the spider-borgs which are bigger, but it seems that agent Reynolds was quick to take them out.
With the latter being said though, I want to give Eyeborgs some credit for having some great CGI in effect for those little buggers. They look cool and there's enough variety by the end of the movie that you will have a hard time not seeing them as the focal point (as it should be). The movie takes itself a bit too seriously with its political heavy-handing and commentary, but it doesn't get ridiculous to the point of overkill. The movie is paced pretty well and decently acted, and is certainly watchable. Props go to Luke Eberl for his portrayal of Jarrett the punk rocker and Megan Blake as Barbara, the newswoman. They both act their little butts off here and provide realistic portrayals of characters who really anchor the emotional arc of the movie.
I know i might sound like I've spoken far too much about Eyeborgs and you're probably right. The fact is that for a movie that should have ben awful, it turns out pretty well. The movie doesn't fall into the pits that it could have, has a pretty tight script and actors who are trying to lend the thing a bit of tongue-in-cheek credibility.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 2:35:1 aspect ratio widescreen and looks pretty sharp, considering.
Audio is presented in Dolby 5.1 surround and sounds fantastic- there's a lot going on aurally in this flick and it makes good use of your sound system.
Behind the Scenes runs about a half an hour long and gives you a couple of different sections- Making Eyeborgs (how they got the flick off the ground), Stunts (good, in-depth look at the stonework in the film), 2 VFX featurettes and a brief blooper reel.
There are also ten minutes of deleted scenes that come off like they're spouting too much dialogue but hey, that's why they were deleted.
Finally, a trailer.
This movie should have been terrible, but it was clearly made with love by capable people who wanted to make something better than 'just what I expected'. There's some smarts being showcased, some good effects and some actors who are doing their best. Recommended.