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THE GIRL FROM THE NAKED EYE (2012)

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THE GIRL FROM THE NAKED EYE (2012)

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 17:07

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The Buzz:

        Jake is a driver for a club that runs a prostitution ring, taking the girls to their rendezvous and keeping them safe. But when the woman he's developed feelings for winds up dead, he begins a quest for revenge as he evades the cops, gangsters, and his boss' goons.

 

Life of the Party:

        The Girl from the Naked Eye is perfect if you're looking for a noir-style action/murder-mystery flick. I'm not typically one to really notice cool & interesting cinematography (at least, not as much as the likes of Alex "The Film Philosopher"), and even I noticed just how well done it is in this movie. Think Sin City with color, which is appropriate when you consider how this film is also narrated in a classic brooding-noir style.

        A big plus for me is the action sequences. No wire-stunts or special effects here; everything is done by some incredibly proficient stunt-men. I mean hell, it's even got freaking Lateef Crowder! Oh, you don't recognize that name? Did you ever see The Protector? If not, I'll wait. *foot tapping* OK, now that that's over with, fucking fantastic movie, right? Well remember that guy with "PRAY" carved into his chest that actually keeps up with Tony Jaa in the burning-temple fight sequence? It's that guy, and holy goddamn was I pleased when he showed up in Naked Eye.

        While the fight scenes here really don't hold a candle to the likes of Tony Jaa films, they are very well shot and choreographed, and occasionally humorous. The final hallway-fight scene I found to be incredibly creative in how it was shot, and like me you'll probably be laughing the whole time due to the film's choice of soundtrack.

        Overall, Naked Eye is a fun, enjoyable film to watch. Broody-noir sets, narration, and intrigue, combined with good action and a decent story make this a really fun experience for many different types of movie-viewers.

 

Potential Hangovers:

        The biggest letdown here is the acting. Occasionally competent, never stand-out, constantly wooden and forced. There were quite a few points where the line-delivery felt so uninspired and forced that it jarred me out of the illusion quite violently, which did make watching The Girl from the Naked Eye a bit more arduous than it deserved to be.

        And while this has nothing to really do with the movie-watching experience, I do find it incredibly odd that the movie-poster and marketing makes a big deal of telling you that Sasha Grey is in it, and yet she's on screen for probably less than a minute, and has only three lines. And meanwhile the titular Girl, as far as I can tell, isn't even on the poster (not even the actresses name, which I find kind of disappointing, since she's pretty much the focal point of the story of this whole film).

        And while the story is pretty solid, the mystery running through the middle is pretty week. Pretty much the minute you meet the murderer you can immediately guess that he's the one Jake's looking for, since the only other way it could have ended would be for the film to come completely out of left-field with some character we hadn't even met before the reveal.

 

The Vibe: Casual Gathering, Date Night

        Just like most films we review here at Tanked Matinee, The Girl from the Naked Eye is probably best enjoyed by a small group of friends with a couple drinks. I also included date-night above, since the conflicted love-story running through the plot can land this film fairly securely into that movie-viewing scenario (at least, with the women I tend to date; I mean hell, just look at my review of Shinobi: Heart Under Blade!). I cannot recommend getting hammered, or trying to put this on at any gathering beyond a few friends who'll pay attention.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ The story

+ Well choreographed and shot action scenes

+ Good cinematography

- My god the acting

- Weak mystery

 

Drinking Game Ideas:
~ Every time there's narration

~ Every time there's a flashback

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