For a movie that promises intrigue and conspiracy theories, 'Eagle Eye' falls short of the mark on so many levels, winding up as a ridiculously far-fetched excuse for a thriller.

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Underachiever Jerry Shaw (LaBeouf) has always felt like he was walking in the shadow of his twin brother Ethan. Content to travel the world and work in dead-end jobs in order to pay the rent, he feels like he can never compare to the favoured son, who is working to 'save the world' (you get the picture already).

So when he finds himself framed for a terrorist crime, Jerry must either run or face the consequences of someone else's actions. Elsewhere, Rachel Holloman (Monaghan), a struggling single parent, has mysteriously been warned that her son, who is away on a school band trip, is in danger. She is asked to team up with Jerry, a complete stranger, and hit the road - following instructions from a mystery voice at the end of a phone. But this is more than a suspicious sounding prank caller, this is a force that can intercept phone networks, see where you are all times and send messages in the oddest of manners (you'd have to see it to believe it and even still...).

'Eagle Eye' gets weirder by the minute from this point on. In short, there are mystery voices (Julianne Moore apparently, although she didn't wish to be credited), bizarre, inexplicable happenings and a very convoluted storyline. There's action aplenty with high-speed car chases, explosions and what-not, but you could throw a bucket more special effects at this and it still wouldn't dazzle.

LaBeouf does what he can with the over-the-top script and holds his own for the most part, opposite Monaghan, who is a little underwhelming as the supposedly-panicked mother. In smaller roles Thornton and Dawson keep some level of drama alive but the storyline is just too fantastical to intrigue.

You'll be checking your watch before the half-way mark. Never a good sign.

Linda McGee