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Eagle Eye

Eagle Eye Starring Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis, Anthony Mackie, Billy Bob Thornton | Film Critic Michael Phillips Reviews Eagle Eye | Video
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"Eagle Eye" is a thriller only the Global Positioning System could love.

I suppose if I weren't still using regional positioning systems (they're called "maps") I might be more interested in all the cyber-techno-harum-scarum, and the showy transitional sequences depicting a vast surveillance network as seen from space, and the outermost Google map perspective.

The screenplay tries like the devil to get you all fussed up about omnivorous cyber-surveillance on a scale George Orwell never imagined, but the result is a hyperactive jumble that fails to whip up the right mixture of dread and propulsion.

The film's central idea is that our government's mania for Homeland Security-era privacy infringement has gotten so out of hand, everything in an ordinary citizen's life can be digitally surveyed, or overheard, and manipulated, via cell phone, security camera, GPS, ATM, everything.

So: When the ice-cold female voice of the Pentagon's super-secret surveillance weapon ARIA (think humorless older sister of "2001: A Space Odyssey's" HAL 9000) wants to get ahold of Shia LaBeouf onboard a Chicago elevated train, ARIA simply calls the cell phone of the sleeping stranger sitting next to him. Or she flashes messages on a passing LED screen. Or, if an Arab-American supporting player needs eliminating, and he happens to be running near power lines, she knocks the hot wires loose like an invisible Transformer and, zap, he's dead.

Anything's possible. And when anything's possible, a story's suspense tends to be lessened rather than heightened.

LaBeouf plays Jerry, a clerk at a Kinko's-type copy shop. Early in a perplexingly laid-out narrative his identical twin brother, an Air Force functionary, dies in a mysterious accident. Soon enough Jerry's life goes flooey: Someone delivers a bunch of a terrorist-brand chemicals and weaponry to his little apartment, and packs his bank account with $750,000.

The FBI, represented by Billy Bob Thornton (well, it's possible), believes Jerry to be an enemy of the state. He's not, though. Nor is another innocent bystander, played by Michelle Monaghan, whose son is visiting Washington to take part in a concert for the president. The little boy becomes an inadvertent pawn in a sinister assassination plot. "You've been activated" is ARIA's come-on line.

The movie itself is hyperactive and a jumble. "Eagle Eye" was executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, but not so you'd notice. Several of the visual conceits used so beautifully in Spielberg's own "Minority Report," the trappings of a wondrously chilly near-future, recur here but clumsily and without wit. Concocted by four credited writers, the screenplay tries like the devil to get you all fussed up about omnivorous cyber-surveillance on a scale George Orwell never imagined. The results are intensely silly and visually hysterical -- not in the funny way, but in the "fit of hysteria" way, with molto destructo car chases cut to an editing rhythm that might make even Michael "Transformers" Bay scream: "Will you slow down a little?"

The director, D.J. Caruso, teamed with LaBeouf on "Disturbia," which certainly was derivative (borrowing liberally from not just "Rear Window," but a bit of "Psycho" and a dash of "Poltergeist") but told its story efficiently and well. "Eagle Eye" works only in flashes -- there's a pretty good chase sequence in the bowels of an airport luggage-conveyor system -- and only in fragments do you feel the simultaneous buzz and cold chill the filmmakers are after.

Politically the film plays it straight down the middle, straining not to offend even though the U.S. secretary of defense, played by a stone-faced Michael Chiklis, intones dire warnings about what happens to a nation when security measures become "threats to liberty itself."

For all its digitally effected chaos, the cinematic threat level in "Eagle Eye" never even comes close to orange.

 

Eagle Eye Movie Review by Michael Phillips on Video

 

MPAA rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of action and violence and for language).

Running time: 1:58.

Starring: Shia LaBeouf (Jerry Shaw); Michelle Monaghan (Rachel Holloman); Rosario Dawson (Zoe Perez); Michael Chiklis (Secretary of Defense); Anthony Mackie (Scott); Billy Bob Thornton (Morgan).

Directed by D.J. Caruso; written by John Glenn, Travis Adam Wright, Hillary Seitz and Dan McDermott; photographed by Dariusz Wolski; edited by Jim Page; music by Brian Tyler; produced by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Patrick Crowley. A DreamWorks Pictures release.

Eagle Eye Movie Trailer Starring Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis, Anthony Mackie, Billy Bob Thornton

About the Movie "Eagle Eye"

If you want to live you will obey.

In this race-against-time thriller, Jerry Shaw (LaBeouf) and Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan) are two strangers thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and their family, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move. As the situation escalates, these two ordinary people become the country's most wanted fugitives, who must now work together to discover what is really happening. Fighting for their lives, they become pawns of a faceless enemy who seems to have limitless power to manipulate everything they do.

DreamWorks Pictures Presents A Kurtzman/Orci Production A D.J. Caruso Film "Eagle Eye" starring Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis, Anthony Mackie and Billy Bob Thornton. The film is directed by D. J. Caruso. Story by Dan McDermott. Screenplay by John Glenn & Travis Adam Wright and Hillary Seitz and Dan McDermott. The film is produced by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Patrick Crowley. The executive producers are Steven Spielberg and Edward L. McDonnell. The director of photography is Dariusz Wolski, ASC. The production designer is Tom Sanders. The film is edited by Jim Page. The costume designer is Marie-Sylvie Deveau. The visual effects supervisor is Jim Rygiel. The music is by Brian Tyler. This film has been rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence and for language.

At the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Geoff Callister is at the center of a critical decision: whether to bomb an important target, a wanted Afghan terrorist. Without total confirmation of his identity, the President orders the attack to proceed at what appears to be a funeral. The bombing triggers a rise in terrorist animosity against the U.S. from overseas, as well as a possible threat from within. . .

In Chicago, a 23-year-old slacker named Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf), an employee at the local Copy Cabana shop, is suddenly called home - his identical twin brother, Ethan, an Air Force public relations officer and pride of the family, has been killed in a car accident.

Meanwhile, single mom Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan) is sending her 8-year-old son, Sam, off to Washington, D.C., to play trumpet with his school band at the Kennedy Center - their first separation. During a night out with the girls, she receives an odd call on her cell phone: a strange woman telling Rachel to follow her instructions implicitly or Sam - now unexpectedly visible on a wall of TV screens across the street - will die.

Upon his return to Chicago, Jerry finds his normally empty bank account now contains $750,000, and his sparsely furnished apartment is crammed with do-it-yourself terrorist supplies. He, too, receives a call from the same woman, warning him to run or he'll be arrested. Before he can leave, he is apprehended.

In an FBI interrogation room, Agent Thomas Morgan (Billy Bob Thornton) questions the young man, who insists he has been framed. When he is left alone in an office, Jerry is once again contacted by the mysterious woman, who frees him by swinging a nearby construction crane to crash through the window and instructs him to jump.

He is led by the woman to a Porsche Cayenne - where Rachel, whom he has never met, is waiting for him. Suspicious of each other from the start, they soon realize they are both at the mercy of this strangely disembodied voice, who is tracking their every move, and has seemingly limitless control over their fates.

About the Cast "Eagle Eye"

SHIA LaBEOUF

SHIA LaBEOUF (Jerry) most recently starred in the blockbuster hit "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" opposite Harrison Ford, Karen Allen and Cate Blanchett and directed by Steven Spielberg.

Last year, LaBeouf took international audiences by storm when he starred in D.J. Caruso's popular thriller "Disturbia" and again as Sam Witwicky in Michael Bay's blockbuster "TRANSFORMERS" executive-produced by Spielberg. He also lent his voice to the character of a young penguin, Cody Maverick, in the Oscar®-nominated animated film "Surf's Up" alongside Jeff Bridges, James Woods and Zooey Deschanel.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, LaBeouf began acting as a way to entertain his mother and father at the tender age of three. He later attended the Magnet School of Performing Arts at USC before beginning his career as an actor by hiring an agent at the age of 11.

LaBeouf made his debut in the TV film "Breakfast with Einstein" (1998) before being cast in the award-winning Disney series "Even Stevens." Over the next four years, LaBeouf's performance in the popular series earned him a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Performer in a Daytime TV Series (2003) and a nomination for the Young Artist Award as Leading as Young Actor in a TV Comedy Series three years running (2000-2002).

In 2003, LaBeouf made his feature film debut opposite Sigourney Weaver and Jon Voight in the comedy "Holes," based on the best-selling book by Louis Sachar. For this performance, LaBeouf was nominated for the Young Artist Award in 2004 for Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film and the Breakthrough Male Performance at the MTV Movie Awards. That same year, he was cast as Bosley's protégé in "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" and starred in HBO's "Project Greenlight" feature "The Battle of Shaker Heights" produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Since his early work as a young actor, he has begun to take on more challenging roles, like that of the young Robert Downey Jr. in "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" (2006), which won Best Ensemble Cast at the Sundance Film Festival, and as part of the ensemble in Emilio Estevez's acclaimed drama "Bobby" (2006).

In 2005, LaBeouf played amateur golfer Francis Ouimet in "The Greatest Game Ever Played" (2005) directed by Bill Paxton and based on Mark Frost's best-selling book. He starred alongside Will Smith in "I, Robot" in 2004, followed by a supporting role the same year in "Constantine," the sci-fi thriller based on the comic book Hellblazer, opposite Keanu Reeves.

On the heels of his performances in "Disturbia" and "TRANSFORMERS," LaBeouf was given the 2007 ShoWest Award for Male Star of Tomorrow and was nominated for four Teen Choice Awards for "TRANSFORMERS," winning the Breakout Male Award. He also won the Teen Choice Award for Movie Actor in a Horror/Thriller for his performance in "Disturbia," and also won a Scream Award.

He recently finished shooting the anthology film "New York, I Love You."

MICHELLE MONAGHAN

MICHELLE MONAGHAN (Rachel) continues to be one of the most sought-after young actresses in Hollywood.

Monaghan most recently starred in the romantic comedy hit "Made of Honor" with Patrick Dempsey, "Gone Baby Gone" with Casey Affleck and Morgan Freeman, "The Heartbreak Kid" opposite Ben Stiller and "Mission: Impossible III" opposite Tom Cruise and Philip Seymour Hoffman for director J.J. Abrams.

Prior to that, she received rave reviews for her performance in "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang," in which she starred opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer for writer-director Shane Black. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. She then joined Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand and Sissy Spacek in "North Country" for director Niki Caro.

Other films include "Perfume," "It Runs in the Family," "Winter Solstice," "The Bourne Supremacy" and "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."

Monaghan will next star in and serve as executive producer on the film "Trucker," which premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

ROSARIO DAWSON

ROSARIO DAWSON (Zoe) Rosario Dawson has garnered praise for her numerous leading roles with today's hottest film actors and directors, making her one of Hollywood's most sought after leading ladies.

Dawson recently wrapped filming the Sony Pictures drama "Seven Pounds" starring opposite Will Smith. Gabriele Muccino of "The Pursuit of Happyness" directed the film, which follows a guilt-ridden man who falls in love while attempting to end his life. Dawson also stars in the Weinstein Company's, John Madden-directed "Killshot" alongside Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane and Johnny Knoxville, which is based on the best-selling crime novel about a couple who enters a witness protection program, but still find themselves targets of two hit men.

In 2008, Dawson also starred in the political drama "Explicit Ills," which premiered at SXSW Film Festival. The film received praise from critics, as well as three awards including the "Audience Award" at the festival.

Prior to that, she appeared in "Deathproof," Quentin Tarantino's half of the horror project "Grindhouse," a joint venture consisting of two feature films, one directed by Tarantino and the other by Robert Rodriguez. "Deathproof" was chosen as an in-competition film for the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and has continued its success overseas.

Dawson starred in and produced the film "Descent" for director Talia Lugacy. Premiering in 2007 at the Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews, it was Dawson's first self-produced feature film under her production banner, Trybe Films. Dawson also produced a 15-minute short film entitled "Bliss Virus" written and directed by Talia Lugacy. Additionally, Dawson hopes to produce Lugacy's first feature sometime in the near future.

Dawson won critical acclaim for her portrayal of Becky in Kevin Smith's "Clerks 2" for the Weinstein Company in 2006. She was also seen in "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints" opposite Robert Downey Jr., Shia LaBeouf, Dianne Wiest, Chazz Palminteri and Channing Tatum. The film was honored at the Sundance Film Festival and received the award for Special Jury Prize for a Dramatic Film.

In 2004 and 2005, Dawson carved out memorable performances in three films featuring fabulous ensemble casts. Dawson played Roxanne, wife of Alexander the Great in the Oliver Stone epic "Alexander," rounding out an all-star cast including Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins and Jared Leto; she made a huge impact starring in the Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller film noir drama "Sin City" starring Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Clive Owen and Brittany Murphy (and will reprise her role in the highly anticipated "Sin City 2"); and she starred as Mimi Valdez in the Chris Columbus-directed film adaptation of the famed Pulitzer Prize-winning Jonathan Larson Broadway musical "Rent," joining many of the original Broadway cast members including Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Jesse Martin and Taye Diggs.

In 2003, Dawson co-starred with Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott and Christopher Walken in Universal's action/comedy "The Rundown," in which she played a Brazilian rebel leader, leading the fight for her enslaved people in order to get the money and the basic living essentials that they deserve. She also appeared in "Shattered Glass" with Hayden Christensen, Chloe Sevigny and Steve Zahn; and in the indie film "This Girl's Life" starring James Woods and Juliette Marquis.

Dawson shone on screen when she starred in the acclaimed Spike Lee film "The 25th Hour" opposite Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Barry Pepper. She starred opposite Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Columbia Pictures' "Men in Black II," in "The Adventures of Pluto Nash" opposite Eddie Murphy and in "Chelsea Walls" for director Ethan Hawke, based on the play of the same name.

Dawson appeared in "The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest," written by Jon Favreau and directed by Mick Jackson. Other credits include Paramount Classics' "Sidewalks of New York," a romantic comedy written and directed by the film's star Ed Burns, in which she also co-starred with Heather Graham, Stanley Tucci and Brittany Murphy. She subsequently appeared in Burns' follow-up, "Ash Wednesday" along with Burns and Elijah Wood.

She can also be seen in the independent film "Love in the Time of Money" written and directed by theater director Peter Mattei, which premiered to acclaim at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. The film also stars Steve Buscemi, Carol Kane, Michael Imperioli and Adrian Grenier.

Dawson made her film debut in the highly acclaimed and controversial hit "Kids." Directed by photographer Larry Clark with a script by Harmony Korine, "Kids" depicts a chaotic 24-hour period in the lives of several New York skaters. The film features a group of kids pulled from the streets of New York, as opposed to professional actors. When the film was given a surprise midnight screening at Sundance and a spot in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival, Dawson's film career was well underway.

Dawson's other film credits include Spike Lee's "He Got Game" opposite Denzel Washington; "Light It Up" opposite Forest Whitaker and Vanessa Williams; "Down to You" with Freddie Prinze Jr.; and "Josie and the Pussycats" with Rachel Leigh Cook and Tara Reid.

Dawson currently resides in Los Angeles.

MICHAEL CHIKLIS

MICHAEL CHIKLIS (Callister) can be seen in FX's groundbreaking drama "The Shield" starring as Detective Vic Mackey, who leads the elite Strike Team unit with his own set of rules. The critically acclaimed series is currently in production on its seventh season. Chiklis has taken on the role of producer and director for several of the series' episodes. His first foray behind the camera began in the third season as he helmed the episode titled "Slipknot."

Chiklis has earned numerous awards for his groundbreaking performance on "The Shield," beginning with the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama in 2002. Time declared that Chiklis "gave TV's performance of the year." He went on to win both the Emmy and Golden Globe in 2003. Since then, he has earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series in both 2004 and 2005.

Chiklis starred in 20th Century Fox's blockbuster live-action film "Fantastic Four," as well as its sequel "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer." He portrayed Ben Grimm, aka The Thing, one of Marvel Comics' most popular and beloved characters.

A natural performer, Chiklis began entertaining his family with celebrity imitations when he was just five years old. As a child, Chiklis appeared in regional theater productions and earned his Equity card at age 13. He later attended Boston University's School of Performing Arts where he received his B.F.A.

Days after graduation, Chiklis auditioned for the role of John Belushi in the controversial film "Wired," a role that he would eventually earn three years later. He also guest starred in several popular series such as "Miami Vice," "L.A. Law," "Murphy Brown" and "Seinfeld."

In 1991 Chiklis captured the title role on "The Commish," which aired on ABC from 1991-1996. Chiklis portrayed Tony Scali, the tough but fair-minded police commissioner who was beloved by his fellow officers. The role was based on an actual New York state police commissioner and originally called for an older man, but Chiklis won the producers over and made the role his own.

After "The Commish" wrapped, Chiklis went to Broadway and starred in the one-man show "Defending the Caveman." His film credits include the horror thriller "Rise" opposite Lucy Liu, "The Tax Man" with Joe Pantoliano, "Do Not Disturb" opposite William Hurt and Jennifer Tilly, "Last Request" and "Body and Soul." His additional television credits include a role as Chris Woods, the stay-at-home father on the NBC comedy "Daddio," as well as a starring role as Curly in the ABC movie "The Three Stooges," which was executive produced by Mel Gibson.

ANTHONY MACKIE

ANTHONY MACKIE (Scott), who was classically trained at the Julliard School of Drama, is a talented young actor who is able to capture a plethora of characters.

Mackie was discovered after receiving rave reviews while playing Tupac Shakur in the off Broadway "Up Against the Wind." Immediately following, Mackie made an auspicious film debut as Eminem's nemesis, Papa Doc, in Curtis Hanson's "8 Mile." His performance caught the attention of Spike Lee, who subsequently cast Mackie in the 2004 Toronto Film Festival Masters Program selection "Sucker Free City" and "She Hate Me." He also appeared in Clint Eastwood's Academy Award®-winning "Million Dollar Baby" opposite Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman and Eastwood; Jonathan Demme's "The Manchurian Candidate" alongside Denzel Washington and Liev Schreiber; and the comedy "The Man" starring Samuel L. Jackson.

Mackie earned IFP Spirit and Gotham Award nominations for his performance in Rodney Evans' "Brother to Brother," which won the 2004 Special Dramatic Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards. In 2005, he appeared opposite David Strathairn, Timothy Hutton and Leelee Sobieski in "Heavens Fall," an independent feature that premiered at the 2006 SXSW Film Festival in Austin and is based on the historic Scottsboro Boys' trials.

Mackie also had five features on movie screens in 2006. In addition to "We Are Marshall," he starred in "Half Nelson" with Ryan Gosling, adapted from director Ryan Fleck's Sundance-winning short "Gowanus Brooklyn"; Preston Whitmore's "Crossover"; Frank E. Flowers' ensemble crime drama "Haven" opposite Orlando Bloom and Bill Paxton; and the film adaptation of Richard Price's "Freedomland" starring Samuel L. Jackson.

Before his film career, Mackie was seen in several theatrical performances both on and off Broadway. He made his Broadway debut as the stuttering nephew, Sylvester, alongside Whoopi Goldberg in August Wilson's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." Next he was seen as the lead in Regina King's modern retelling of Chekov's "The Seagull," as well as starring in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Soldier's Play" as a character made famous by Denzel Washington 20 years earlier. Most recently, Mackie was part of the production of "August Wilson's 20th Century" at the Kennedy Center where staged readings of all 10 plays in August Wilson's cycle were performed. Mackie hopes to return to the stage soon.

In addition, Mackie will play Buddy Bolden in "Bolden!," an account of the great New Orleans cornet player. He will also be seen as Sanborn in "The Hurt Locker," a war drama set in Iraq. Mackie has begun filming his role as Tupac Shakur in "Notorious," a biopic of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G directed by George Tillman Jr. and starring Jamal Woolard in the title role.

BILLY BOB THORNTON

BILLY BOB THORNTON (Morgan) is an Academy Award®-winning writer, actor, director and musician who has enjoyed an extensive and impressive career in motion pictures, television and theater. Charismatic and uniquely talented, Thornton has established himself as one of the most sought- after filmmakers of his generation.

Thornton is currently celebrating a high water mark in his career. Most recently, he starred in the New Line Cinema comedy "Mr. Woodcock," Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Astronaut Farmer" directed by the Polish Brothers, "School for Scoundrels," the remake of the "The Bad News Bears" for Paramount Pictures and "Friday Night Lights" for Universal Pictures. He garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his role in the critically acclaimed hit "Bad Santa" and received rave reviews for his portrayal of legendary frontiersman Davy Crockett in Touchstone Pictures' "The Alamo."

He will next be seen in "The Informers," a film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' best-selling novel, and recently completed production on the independent feature "Manure," which re-teamed him with his "Astronaut Farmer" directors the Polish brothers.

Showing the versatility of his acting abilities, in 2001 Thornton starred in the caper comedy "Bandits" for director Barry Levinson and co-starring Bruce Willis and Cate Blanchett; the noir "The Man Who Wasn't There" for the Coen brothers; and the heart-wrenching drama "Monster's Ball" in which he co-starred with Halle Berry, Peter Boyle and Heath Ledger.

Each of the three performances garnered Thornton unprecedented critical acclaim and resulted in his being named Best Actor of 2001 by the National Board of Review, Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor in a Drama for "The Man Who Wasn't There" and Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for "Bandits" and an American Film Institute Award nomination for Best Actor for "The Man Who Wasn't There."

Thornton's 1996 release of the critically acclaimed and phenomenally popular feature film "Sling Blade," which he starred in, directed and adapted the screenplay from his own stage play, firmly secured his status as a preeminent filmmaker. For his efforts, he was honored with both an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay and an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor. The film, produced by The Shooting Gallery and released by Miramax, also starred Robert Duvall, J.T. Walsh, Dwight Yoakum and John Ritter.

Prior to "Sling Blade," Thornton already had an extensive motion picture credit list. He wrote and starred in the thrilling character drama "One False Move," which brought him immediate critical praise. Thornton's powerful script (co-written with Tom Epperson) was enhanced by his intense performance as a hunted criminal. The film, directed by Carl Franklin, was an unheralded sleeper success.

In addition, Thornton has been featured in such films as "The Winner" for director Alex Cox, Paramount Pictures' "Indecent Proposal" directed by Adrian Lyne, "Deadman" for director Jim Jarmusch and Miramax and in "Tombstone" directed by George Cosmatos for Buena Vista Pictures.

Thornton has also appeared in the films "On Deadly Ground," "Bound by Honor," "For the Boys" and "The Stars Fell on Henrietta."

As a writer, Thornton has worked on numerous projects for United Artists, Miramax, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Touchstone Pictures, Island Pictures, David Geffen Productions and HBO. He also scripted "A Family Thing," a highly regarded feature film that starred Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones for United Artists.

Thornton co-starred in the blockbuster action/adventure "Armageddon" with Bruce Willis for producer Jerry Bruckheimer and has also co-starred opposite Sean Penn and Nick Nolte in "U-Turn" directed by Oliver Stone, "Primary Colors" opposite John Travolta and Emma Thompson for director Mike Nichols, and the dark comedy "Pushing Tin" opposite John Cusack.

Thornton received an Academy Award® nomination and Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his celebrated work in the tightly woven drama "A Simple Plan" for director Sam Raimi, as well as a Best Supporting Actor Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the Screen Actors Guild.

For his second and third directorial outings, Thornton chose the comedy "Daddy and Them," which he again wrote and starred in, and the epic adaptation of the best-selling Cormac McCarthy novel "All The Pretty Horses" starring Matt Damon, Penelope Cruz and Henry Thomas.

Thornton also co-wrote "The Gift" starring Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi and Hilary Swank. His other film credits include the comedy "Waking Up In Reno" co-starring Charlize Theron, Patrick Swayze and Natasha Richardson for Miramax Films; the drama "Levity," in which he co-starred with Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter and Kirsten Dunst; "Intolerable Cruelty" co-starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones; and "Love Actually" with Hugh Grant, Laura Linney and Liam Neeson.

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