Director – Jim Gillespie
Cast – Sylvester Stallone, Charles S. Dutton, Polly Walker, Kris Kristofferson, Robert Patrick, Jeffrey Wright, Tom Berenger, Stephen Lang, Alan C. Peterson, Hrothgar Mathewsm, Angela Alvarado, Mif, Robert Prosky, Courtney B. Vance
Release Year – 2002
Reviewed by John of the Dead
Sylvester Stallone in a horror movie? That is exactly what I thought, and after seeing a few positive remarks regarding this flick I went in expecting to enjoy the experience, and my expectations were met. Completed in 1999, Eye See You (then deemed D-Tox)was a film nobody seemed to want, given only a limited theater release and subsequence DVD release almost three years after it debuted, yet once again we are given a positive horror effort passed over by horror studios – making for an under-appreciated effort.
Stallone stars as Jake Malloy, an FBI Agent and former cop who checks into a law enforcement rehab facility after suffering a terrible event while working the case of an esteemed serial killer. Soon after Malloy checks into the rehab center his fellow patients begin dying off, and as the body count realizes Malloy and the remaining officers scurry to figure out who the killer is.
I admit that Sylvester Stallone starring in this film aided my enjoyment of this piece, however despite that I fully believe that this would have been a sound effort with another actor portraying the leading role so long as he/she executed it properly.
Adapted from a novel by Howard Swindle by screenwriter Ron L. Brinkerhoff(The Guardian), we get a cool story following Malloy as he suffers a terrible tragedy caused by him simply carrying out his job, and his fight for redemption and survival when he comes across a serial killer once again after hitting rock-bottom. His character is used positively (although cliché at times) to deliver a fairly strong dose of drama during the first act, which slowly fades away and is replaced by the horror element, which I naturally preferred of course. The serial killer element was used to full potential, delivering sweet kills and plenty of terror for those who come across the killer and his deadly games. I loved the usage of the rehab center, conveniently located in a barren and frozen tundra with nearly no way out and nowhere to run to if anyone were to escape, making for a great nowhere-to-run scenario for our protagonists as they try and evade a killer they have yet to establish. This element played off somewhat like John Carpenter’s The Thing, employing a similar atmosphere/location and putting our characters through physical and mental torture. The storyline did very well in keeping me guessing who the killer was, and after the killer was identified we were given a positive closing sequence high in tension.
Director Jim Gillespie(I Know What You Did Last Summer) did a great job delivering this piece to us, employing awesome sets and atmosphere aided by good cinematography that set a very dark mood throughout this piece. His execution of the horror was great, giving us awesome kills and enough gore to keep us gorehounds at bay as well as tight action scenes that showed this guy really does have talent within him. Stallone was his usual self, kicking ass and acting a little, and the rest of the actors involved, namely Charles S. Dutton(Mimic, Alien 3, Secret Window, Gothika, Legion), Kris Kristofferson(Blade series), Polly Walker, and Robert Patrick(Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Fire In The Sky, The Black Waters of Echoe’s Pond, Alien Tresspass, Autopsy, The Faculty, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money), did their part in selling this film to the viewer.
Overall, Eye See You is another positive horror effort that sadly never received the attention it deserved when it debuted, and makes for an enjoyable watch for those who love serial-killer films or want to see Sylvester Stallone star in a horror flick. The horror is great and Gillespie shows he really has what it takes to deliver a good experience, making this a recommended film for all who are interested.