Sydney Wells (Jessica Alba) is an accomplished, independent, Los Angeles-based concert violinist. She is also blind, and has been so since a childhood tragedy. As our story opens, Sydney undergoes a double corneal transplant, a surgery she has waited her whole life to have, and her sight is restored. After the surgery, neural ophthalmologist Dr. Paul Faulkner (Alessandro Nivola) helps Sydney with the difficult adjustment, and with the support of her older sister Helen (Parker Posey), Sydney learns to see again.
But Sydney’s happiness is short-lived as unexplainable shadowy and frightening images start to haunt her. Are they a passing aftermath of her surgery, Sydney’s mind adjusting to sight, a product of her imagination, or something horrifyingly real? As Sydney’s family and friends begin to doubt her sanity, Sydney is soon convinced that her anonymous eye donor has somehow opened the door to a terrifying world only she can now see.
I found “The Eye” to be rather predictable in spots, including foreseeing a character’s death. Part of the conclusion was unexpected. Jessica Alba turns in a fine performance as Sydney Wells, a girl who has been blind since the age of five and is given a chance to see from the eyes of a sudden-death donor. The blindness came about by her sister and herself foolishly playing with firecrackers, and her sister Helen (Parker Posey) has pushed hard to help restore Sydney’s eyesight, no doubt partly from guilt.
Although the surgery is successful, Sydney begins to see people and events which are not really present, including a death escort or phantom, and her specialist Dr. Paul Faulkner (Alessandro Nivola) and sister begin to worry about her mental health. As the doctor begins to have feelings for Sydney, he also starts to think there is something to her frantic descriptions of what she sees. When she studies cellular memory and the doctor tells her who the donor was, they take a trip to Mexico to unravel the mystery. The very ending itself is meant to be ironic but I found it to be disappointing and unbelievable. At any rate, due to strong language and the supernatural events listed under our “other” category, which include several frightening images, we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this film.