The red shift on this film should make it practically
invisible to human eyes, and yet it's still in theatres weeks
after being released.
Ewan McGregor is not having a ripping year. Remember
"Rogue Trader"? I don't. How about that overblown bit
of summer flotsam called "The Phantom Menace"? Now
there's "Eye Of The Beholder", a decidedly stylish
flick in which he plays a British agent working in the USA. He
gets a call from the boss who asks him to look into some dodgy
activities undertaken by his (the boss') son. One stakeout later,
the son is dead, and McGregor is on the trail of the woman who
committed the brutal murder (Ashley Judd).
That's about all the plot you're going to get in the gorgeous
looking film. The characters are a thin as the smoked salmon in
the type of restaurants I don't go to. We follow the McGregor and
Judd as they sonabulate across The Country (a.k.a. "The Big
One"), killing and having delusions about their missing
"Huh?" I hear you say, and that's fortunate because
I think you could devise a pretty good drinking game out of this
movie. The rules are simple: Every time you loose track of what's
going on, you take a drink. That's it. I'll even waive the
"last person standing is the winner" rule because in
this game, there can be no winners; you're watching "Eye Of
So let me stress the good points: Nice photography. I liked
the bits with k.d. lang (she plays McGregor's controller); I've
been waiting to see her act again since seeing
"Salmonberries" almost a decade ago. She's got a screen
presence that compels me to watch. And a fabulous nose. And I'm
always happy to see Geneviève Bujold in pretty much any old
thing, which she is here.
After the film, I asked Jazz Master Beggs: "Do you how
could you could tell that they filmed the arctic scenes in Quebec
instead of Alaska? It was all so clean." Think about it;
it'll come to you.
Comments from the people sitting behind us: "That was the
worst movie I've ever seen in my life!" I'm smelling OscarTM here.
Of The Beholder (IMDB)
obvious gossip (k.d.lang web