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My Little Eye (18)



Review by: Simon Bell | Rating: Two

DVD FEATURES: Disc One: Audio commentary by director Marc Evans and producer Jon Finn; Interactive browser mode.
Disc Two: Deleted scenes (with optional director/producer commentary - approx. 30 mins); 'Making of My Little Eye' (approx. 45 mins); My Little Eye gallery; Theatrical trailer; Teaser trailer; TV spots; Weblink.

SHOT in Nova Scotia with American actors, My Little Eye is a British Production that mixes the popular reality TV formula of Big Brother and Blair Witch Project with a bit of Series 7: The Contender thrown in. It relies heavily on the webcam visuals of the zeitgeist - it's shot almost entirely in deliberately downgraded digicam - and has an even grittier soundscape.

Five impressionable young contestants (the Breakfast Club-inspired Jock, Anorak, Reprobate, Wallflower and precocious Slut) who respond to an internet appeal, are picked by "The Company" to spend six months in an isolated rural and snowbound mansion. There, they must live together as a close-knit quintet in order to get their hands on a $1 million cheque should they see out the duration... The only rules are that no-one gets to leave and no-one is allowed to die.


Cast across the web to a supposed paying public of millions, every last breath they take is faithfully captured by hundreds of cameras mounted on walls, hidden under stairs, perched above doorways.

The inevitable paranoia beds in proper with practically no time to spare.

With the atmosphere successfully in place you'll find yourself uncomfortably wriggling in your seat long before the ravens start to appear in the attic and bloodied hammers are discovered on the pillows of those in naive slumber.

What follows is the unfurling of a taut narrative of an intense claustrophobic battle of survival wrapped in an acute deconstruction of the mass public's current obsession with Peeping Tom tele.

Marc Evans (director of the under-rated Resurrection Man) has given us a stomach-wrenching horror flick. The tools for his searing satire are weirdy sounds and eery visuals: The whirring of the cameras' engines and zoom lenses and the night-time vision that turns the contestants into green-eyed rabbits caught in some very dangerous headlights.

My Little Eye's twists, surprises, accelerated plot, cracking character study and uncompromising finale will leave its audience unsettled, nervous and in the end a touch disturbed... Great cinema in other words.

Catch it now and give this promising British talent the backing he deserves.

 

 

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