Eye 2, The
Hong Kong 2004
Directed by Danny and Oxide Pang.

This sequel to The Eye (2002) manages to pick up a new idea and keeps the "I see dead people" genre fresh seemingly far past its expiration date. This time it's Shu Qi who gets the ability, in one of her best performances yet. She plays a confused girl who was just dumped by her boyfriend. She decides to kill herself, or at least almost so, to rid herself of his memory. She survives, and it is then that she begins seeing the dead, and discovers something else, as well: she's pregnant. And the dead seem to have an unusual interest in her baby. Especially one dead girl (Angelica Yuan, who seems to be making a living playing dead girls) who always seems close by. More than in the first film, we get a sense of how crazy the person who sees the dead must seem to everyone else. A suspenseful narrative with a nicely logical, if unsettling, conclusion, that most viewers will figure out before Shu Qi does. But then, this realization is intentional, I think, and causes you to sympathize even more with her as she struggles to understand. Some of the scary moments are laughable, but a few evoke a feeling of genuine terror. THE EYE 2 is every bit as good as its predecessor.

Rating: Recommended (Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on January 02, 2005.

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