‘Eye See You‘ is a 2002 psychological thriller directed by Jim Gillespie and is written by Howard Swindle, who also wrote the novel it is based on ‘Jitter Joint.’ It was originally titled ‘D-Tox‘ before being released in the United States.
FBI Agent Jake Malloy (Sylvester Stallone) is seeking a serial killer that only targets police officers. Things turn personal when the killer murders Jake’s fiancee Mary (Dina Meyer) and seemingly dies during Jake’s pursuit. Three months later, Jake is an alcoholic feeling guilty about being unable to protect her. Jake’s superior, Agent Hendricks (Charles S. Dutton), sends him to an isolated detox center in Wyoming that once held an Air Force mental health facility. It is run by Dr. John “Doc” Mitchell and Dr. Jenny Munroe (Polly Walker). He meets the other patients: arrogant SWAT officer Peter Noah (Robert Patrick), Scotland Yard policeman Frank Slater (Christopher Fulford), the religious homicide detective Willie Jones (Courtney B. Vance), suicidal narc Jaworski (Jeffrey Wright), LAPD patrolwoman Lopez (Angela Alvarado Rosa), and McKenzie (Robert Prosky), an older Canadian officer who witnessed his partner’s death. As Jake settles in, a snowstorm arrives trapping him and the others there. Soon, one-by-one, the patients and staff start to die under suspicious circumstances. After finding a clue, Jake believes his fiancee’s killer is back, wanting to end their feud once and for all.
This is a movie that was haunted by studio interference from Universal after poor test screenings from the audience when it wrapped filming in 1999. They insisted that several scenes be reshot and a new ending be recorded. They would later replace the entire soundtrack. However, after the second version was poorly received as well, the movie was distributed internationally as its original title D-Tox before being retitled and released in the United States in 2002.
As for the final product, it seems to be one of those films that is unsure of what it wanted to be. I have not read the novel, so I cannot compare it, but in my opinion, it tried to hit too many notes. Was it a story of a failed detective trying to find redemption? A tale of revenge? A battle of wits? Some filmmakers can balance this, but this movie does not succeed in it. While it had interesting characters and even an interesting premise, It was trying to do too much all at the same time.
Now, I do not want to downplay the acting. Sly Stallone, Dutton, and Polly Walker all do a good job with their roles. Stallone does a good job of looking burdened the whole time. He did a good of working with the material he is given.
Bottom line, Eye See You is a confusing mess of a movie that, while utilizing its principal star, still loses its grip on what it was trying to be.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence, Strong foul language, Disturbing images. Drug-related content
FAVORITE QUOTE: I see you, but you don’t see me.
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