| 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