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Angel Eyes (R)
Warner Brothers
Official Site
Director: Luis Mandoki
Producers: Mark Canton, Elie Samaha, Andrew Stevens, Neil Canton and Don Carmody
Written by: Gerald DiPego, Michael Seitzman
Cast: Jennifer Lopez, James Caviezel, Terrence Howard, Alfonso Arau, Victor Argo, Sonia Braga, Shirley Knight, Monet Mazur, Jeremy Sisto

Rating: out of 5

Why is it a big studio will sometimes spend millions of dollars to convince the public that a movie is something that it is not? All that does is disappoint those who see the movie with false expectations, and keep those who would actually have enjoyed the movie from seeing it.

Case in point: Angel Eyes. The spooky trailers, the poster with the ghostlike image of Jennifer Lopez’s eyes staring out at us, and even the tagline for this movie (“The deeper you look, the more you find”) would have us believe this movie has a supernatural or back-from-the-dead element to it. But movie-goers who buy a ticket because they want to see a suspense/fantasy movie will be disappointed because Angel Eyes has none of that. And movie-goers who are looking for a summer romance movie may not go to see this, which is a shame because they will be missing what is actually a very well done love story.

When mysterious Catch Lambert (Caviezel) saves Chicago police office Sharon Pogue (Lopez) during a shooting, she is intrigued by this man who would risk his own life to save hers. She later finds out what we know from the opening scene, that Catch is the man she helped save from a fatal car accident in which he lost his wife and young son, a tragedy he is unable to remember or face. For her part, Sharon is still dealing with the pain of being ostracized by her family for having sent her abusive father to jail.

Unlike some romances where you never quite get why the guy and the gal are together except that they are the stars of the movie, there is no doubt why these two hurting souls are drawn to each other. The scenes between Catch and Sharon are wonderfully written, especially those when they are first getting to know each other. There are some scenes which, depending on your tolerance for emotional monologues, come dangerously close to making one squirm, but they are not out of place with the storyline and are also well-scripted.

The supporting cast members include fine actors such as the long-missed Sonia Braga, who all make a powerful impact in their limited screen time.

Overall Angel Eyes is a moving love story, and would make a great date movie or a movie for a girls’ night out, just don’t let the movie marketing fool you.

Sandhya Shardanand


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