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Eye of God (1997)

We see two stories told over four time lines, which wind down to a devastating ground zero collision, as we watch a double tragedy unfold in a small Oklahoma town. The two stories are told ... See full summary »

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An epic, sweeping, violent love story set against the backdrop of 1930's dust-bowl Oklahoma.

Director: Tim Blake Nelson
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Lee
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We see two stories told over four time lines, which wind down to a devastating ground zero collision, as we watch a double tragedy unfold in a small Oklahoma town. The two stories are told out of normal time sequence, showing us brief glimpses of the beginning, middle and end of the two stories in seemingly random order. One story concerns Ainsley DuPree, who meets and marries her prison pen pal Jack. The other story begins with the discovery of a mute and bloody teenager, found wandering and in shock in the middle of the night, and the efforts of the town sheriff to determine what happened to him. As the film unfolds these tales, the viewer is confronted with questions of the existence and mercy of God and the hopelessness of being alone and adrift in an indifferent world. Written by Sean Parlaman <seanpar@efn.org>

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Sometimes a leap of faith can be deadly.

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Rated R for violence, language and depiction of abortion | See all certifications »
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Ainsley DuPree: How old are you?
Tom Spencer: Just turned 14.
Ainsley DuPree: Don't you never get pulled over?
Tom Spencer: Sometimes. I drive friendly.
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All I can say is see this film!
10 September 1998 | by See all my reviews

As random and disturbing acts of violence have become commonplace in America in the past few years -- small town serial killers and schoolyard shootings -- we hear again and again sound bites on the news of these events which indicate that the evidence of an impending tragedy seemed so obvious, it's hard to imagine why no one interruped the chain of events which unfolded in each case. "Eye of God" gives the viewer a powerful and disturbing experience in what these bystanders must have seen and felt. Director Tim Blake Nelson uses a shattered time line to give the viewer bits and pieces of this story, and the convergences of two lives that end badly in a small Oklahoma town. Confusing at first, as it's meant to be, when these story lines fall into place for the viewer like pieces of a puzzle, and the narrative of the plot spirals down to a devastating "ground zero," the viewer themself feels complicit in what has just unfolded. With only a limited theatrical release, and little in the way of video distribution, the best way to see this film is to ask your local video owner (again and again) to order this film. This film is very difficult to digest, and may, in fact, be triggering for abuse survivors. (I screamed and wept with grief at the unexpected death of one character.) But in terms of film craftmanship, it is one of the best movies I have ever seen. The best film yet for Martha Plimpton and Kevin Anderson, a capstone triumph in the long career of Hal Holbrook, and Nick Stahl's understated and heartfelt portrayal of "Tommy" was powerful and unforgetable. All I can say is SEE THIS FILM!


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