D.J. Caruso's Eagle Eye Headed to IMAX This September
by Alex Billington
August 5, 2008
With the incredible success of The Dark Knight in IMAX (it's still selling out shows across the country), studios are scrambling to ride the coattails of the record breaking blockbuster for as long as they can. I was just tipped off by a theater manager friend who told me that Paramount's Eagle Eye will be the latest film to get the IMAX treatment. Apparently its been confirmed that the film will be entirely converted to 70mm IMAX and shown alongside of regular showings in theaters starting September 26th. If you've seen the clip we posted earlier today or the full trailer, you'll know that this movie is action packed and energetic, which makes it perfect for the IMAX experience. However, don't get confused, Eagle Eye will be a conversion - none of it was actually shot with IMAX cameras like The Dark Knight!
While I may eventually catch Eagle Eye in IMAX, I've only become a fan of IMAX since Dark Knight proved how good it could actually look. However, films that are converted (like this one) still don't impress me. I've consistently been frustrated at the quality of conversions from 35mm to 70mm - they never look as good as actual 35mm prints. It's like blowing up a graphic on the internet to twice its size - it looks pixelated and ugly. Either way, I think the discussion surrounding IMAX should be focused on the continued success of the format instead of the quality. Was The Dark Knight its savior? Do enough people really choose IMAX over regular theaters? There are only 94 total IMAX screens across the US, which makes it a more rare and elite experience. How many are planning to see Eagle Eye in IMAX?