Angel Eyes Poster
Luis Mandoki (Director)
Jennifer Lopez (Sharon Pogue)
James Caviezel (Catch Lambert)
Braga (Mrs. Pogue)
Victor Argo (Mr. Pogue)
Shirley Knight (Elanora Davis)
the official Angel Eyes website
I think it is important to tell you that I love to go to the
movies. Any movie –
good, bad or indifferent. I’m
not a student of film, I just like to sit in the dark with my
popcorn, a diet Coke and watch a story play out. I’m telling you this because I need to confess that though
“Angel Eyes” turns out to be a pretty sappy love story, I
enjoyed every minute of it. I
feel like I should not have liked it, but I did.
As soon as the credits came up I thought “wow what a
manipulative movie” – just about everyone in the theater had a
tear in their eye. It
was unduly emotional when all is said and done but it was well
done, clever slush.
Here’s the basic concept – Sharon Pogue (Jennifer Lopez)
is a police officer who a year or so ago responded professionally
and compassionately to a traffic accident involving fatalities.
We learn pretty quickly that Catch (Jim Caviezel ) was a
survivor, and that he is keeping an eye on Sharon, but that’s
about all we know. I
actually kept thinking that we would learn that Catch was actually
an angel or something –
especially since he just happens to save Lopez's life in a shoot
out. But don’t
bother waiting for anything like that because there is no sci-fi
here – maybe a little magic, but the kind we all hope for in a
Anyway, Catch is obviously troubled, and screwed up to the
extent that he seems to be brain damaged or something.
He is kind hearted, funny, a little dizzy, and emotionally
are some subplots about the relationship between Sharon and her
father (Victor Argo), as well as a kind relationship between Catch
and a little boy down the hall at his low rent apartment building.
But the central story involves the mystery of who Catch
really is, and the bond that grows between the cop and the
handsome stranger. I
personally think the relationship went a bit fast.
I mean Sharon is a tough cop who seems to make good
professional and personal judgments, but yet she quickly becomes
intimate with Catch who gives the distinct impression of being a
homeless boarder-line psycho stalker.
But I guess the risk Sharon is willing to take is what
makes the story interesting.
I think the cast did a good job, I believed them all.
Lopez in particular did a great job balancing toughness
with sensitivity – I really do not think that is an easy task
for an actor. I
don’t remember the music, but sound was good, the color was good
and the cinematography was used effectively to give us some
insight into Catch’s view of the world.
Though I enjoyed the film, I think I need to give you sample
of the dialog, so you will know what to expect. At one point Sharon was rhetorically wondering why they met.
Catch responded that “Some people say that each of us
puts out a smell that only one other brain in the world can
I think he was supposed to be joking, but still, that’s
pretty weird dialog, been it sure helps us think he may be mad.
And then there was the... “Kiss me somewhere I’ve never
been kissed before.” OK,
right. In spite of
such problems, I have to reluctantly admit that I enjoyed the
film. I’m glad I
( 2 1/2 out of 4 pops )
about this film with other Popkorn Junkies
Patsy ( 2 out of 4 pops )
a person who doesn't particularly enjoy romance movies I was a
little disappointed that "Angel Eyes" turned out to but
just that. Once again I fell victim to the false preview, I
guess it's just the danger of being a reviewer.
Anyway, despite the movie being a romance instead of the thriller
I expected, I did not hate it. It was ok. I thought
the Catch guy looked like a psycho-bum and didn't really get why
J-Lo liked him so much...I guess he just "smelled"
right. Whatever. So, the movie was ok, the story was
ok, and the acting was good. If you want to see a romance
movie see this, but I would wait to see it on video. Blah.
James ( 4 out of 4 pops )
I saw this today, and I liked it. Jim Caviezel and J.LO were
great. I still think that Caviezel's best performance is in
"Frequency", but I think Jennifer Lopez's performance in
"Angel Eyes" was by far her best. I don't get it
why people have a hard time accepting her as an actress, she's
great. She's not just some pretty face, she's got
substance. I wish she concentrates on her acting career
instead of her music career. She was very believable as a
cop. There were a few scenes when she threw some people
around, but that wasn't too far fetched.
One thing that did bother me, was how the casting director cast
Catch's son, neighbor, and nephew. All three kids looked the
same. Maybe that was intentional, but it was annoying. I had
to stop and think who each kid was, instead of just knowing.
All of them didn't have to have brown hair, couldn't one have been
blonde? Bad casting. I was satisfied with the rest of
the story though. I thought the relationship between Sharon
and her family was done well, and the writing was great! I loved
the lines that Caviezel was saying. "I'm not saying
anything, it's just the facts" or something like that.
Even though I thought the casting was a little bad, I still
thought it was a great story, full of emotion.