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Samantha Streets, Ron Yuan, Dominique Swain, Sasha Grey, Gary Stretch ... see more see more... , Jason Yee

When a high-class escort is murdered, her protector, Jake (Yee) stops at nothing to find her killer. Leaving a bloody trail in his path, Jake risks everything to uncover the truth and avenge the death... read more read more... of the woman he loved. The Girl from the Naked Eye takes audiences through a thrilling action-packed ride in the underground world of sex and drugs where nothing is what it seems and everything is deadly. -- (C) Official Site

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R, 1 hr. 24 min.

Directed by: David Ren

Release Date: June 15, 2012

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DVD Release Date: July 24, 2012

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  • April 2, 2013
    An interesting noir thriller, The Girl from the Naked Eye has an impressive visual style but lacks a bit in storytelling. When a call girl is found murdered her driver sets out for revenge and turns on his bosses in order to find those responsible. It's a rather formulaic plot ... read moreand the characters are the usual stereotypes. But this is made up for by the fight sequences, which bring a lot of energy to the film (though the fights start to become a little too choreographed). The Girl from the Naked Eye doesn't have much originality, but it's entertaining and has a creative aesthetic.
  • February 21, 2012
    So imagine you're me and you get a call to an early screening of an upcoming movie you never heard about. Now imagine you say yes and realizing you, along with your girlfriend you brought, and seven other people are the only one at the screening. Now you think an early screening ... read moreof a movie would be good, except the movie I watched was poorly made.

    The Girl from the Naked Eye is about Jake, a driver for a seedy escort service, who is a street thug type who falls for a witty 16 year old named Sandy. One night Sandy is found murdered, and Jake will do whatever it take to avenge Sandy. The story is incredibly sexist to women, only one woman in the whole movie doesn't care about sex. It sends the idea that women are basically just sex objects and prostitutes, which is why my girlfriend got mad at me for taking her to this screening. What I found most offensive is this line from the actual which goes something like, "The only thing more useless than a whore is a dead whore" which make us guys look very bad in this movie. Everything you could ever find wrong about a guy will be found with every single male character in this movie.

    Now I know the movie hasn't officially come out yet, when I reviewed this movie that is, but there so many problem with his movie that'll lead it to failure. It has some of the most boring and lamest action scenes ever filmed in a movie. You'll be pretty unambitious to sit through this mess of movie with uninteresting characters and a weak story if that not all, we also have weak action sequences. One thing you should be aware of is that the music they play during these action scenes are hilarious makes it look more like a violent comedy and looses all seriousness it had, or attempted to have to be more accurate. You have no idea what the movie is trying to be as tries to blend drama, humor, and romance and does none of them right. The actors, are well pretty terrible. You know you have a pretty bad cast if you also come to the hate the good guys in this movie.

    So clearly I hated this movie, but only one thing helped me get through this mess is Jake. Our hero Jake actually respect Sandy, but that's the only reason why it doesn't get a zero. Other than that Jake is a very unlikable hero and dumb one at that too. In a scene where he goes to a motel and beats up like six in the lamest way possible, he takes out a gun he had the whole time and finally decide to use the gun. It's a dumb, abysmal, poorly made movie.

    Note: I still haven't gotten an answer from the studio on why I got an early screening. I'm not sure why out of all people I got chosen, I wonder if this means I'm legit as a critic.
  • February 14, 2014
    Asian crime drama. Guy goes hunting down who killed his girl... had potential, but I found this boring and easily forgettable.
  • July 1, 2012
    The Girl from the Naked Eye
    (My First "F")
    A Written Reflection in the Form of the 7 Stages of Grief

    1. Shock & Denial

    When I began this site, I made a p... read moreromise with myself that I would never write a failing review. No matter the quality of the film, I would always find at least one factor which would redeem the abysmal film in some slight way. Two times I came incredibly close to giving the dreaded grade, but was pulled away at the very last second for finding the slightest form of redemption. For the 2011 anti-romantic comedy Something Borrowed, I reasoned that despite it being easily the worst film of the year, John Krasinski was decent enough in a supporting role to not fail it, though even he was mediocre. For this year's French arthouse-turned-absolutely-intoleratible-self-indulgence Pater debacle, I decided that Alain Cavalier, the director, had an ambitious enough premise that absolute failure was mildly understandable. I was also briefly tempted with the beyond abysmal sequel Piranha 3DD, but the quick tangents with Paul Scheer and Vhing Rhames were entertaining enough; in comparison with comedy legends such as Mel Brooks and the Marx Brothers in comparison to the film surrounding it.

    2. Pain & Guilt

    However, I realize a little over a year later that this was a promise I could never keep. At some point in time, I would finally watch a film with absolutely no redemptive qualities; the bottom of the bottom of the bottom of the barrel, and I can only be grateful it took so long to reach this point. With great sadness and great disappointment, let me bring you to the subject of this admittedly downright depressing review. From director David Yen, the man who just crushed my dreams, comes the neo-noir The Girl from the Naked Eye; the worst film ever reviewed on the site, and a serious contender for the worst film I've ever seen. One reason why movies such as Something Borrowed and Pater were relieved of their failing marks, was because of their, no matter how slight, ambition and creativity. In fact, as mentioned before, Pater's ambition was its only redeeming value. However, Ren's film has none. Homage is something that can work for a film's advantage, but cannot be the only driving force for a film.

    3. Anger & Bargaining

    That's the remark I would like to use to explain the film's endless spree of massacring both iconic and lesser known action sequences, and even plot points, by creating an ugly collage of awful recreations. The film functions as if Robert Rodriguez was given permanent brain trauma, and was then immediately abducted by the North Korean government and forced to remake Sin City with a cast of non-actor locals for an audience that didn't understand the concept of human interaction. In fact, if Rodriguez revealed in an interview that he had been struck in the head with a blunt object and couldn't remember anything for two weeks, I'd call up David Ren and thank the brave man for taking the brutal blow in his career to keep Rodriguez's good name afloat. Bizarre tangent aside, Yen's film is nothing more than a crudely shot, crudely directed mess of crudely scripted scenes acting crudely like crude characters. Why I possibly chose to watch this terrible movie, I can't remember. If I write this sprawling essay, will my memories of the film disappear? Will they?

    4. Depression, Reflection, and Loneliness

    The very fact that I chose to watch this movie; what does that say about myself? Despite the multiple excellent films playing at our local movie theater right now, I chose to spend my $11.95 on a film with the title The Girl from the Naked Eye. I knew going in, just with the awful title alone, that this was going to be a terrible film, but why see it anyway? Prometheus, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Bernie: All acclaimed films playing around the same time at the same exact movie theater. It's my own fault my self-made promise was broken; not David Ren, not the actors, not Robert Rodriguez for inspiring David Ren. Also, why even review this terrible movie if I didn't want any F's to be on the site. I just watched the new Pixar movie Brave yesterday, why wouldn't I review that instead. Why wouldn't I review That's My Boy instead; it was mediocre, but better than this. I was probably the only person in America idiotic enough to watch this over anything else. I'm the only one who feels the pain of viewing The Girl from the Naked Eye in an empty theater. I'm completely alone...

    5. The Upward Turn

    Or maybe I'm not. Maybe others, like me, watched the film hoping it would give cheesy popcorn entertainment like I did. Maybe there's someone out there who paid $11.95 for it too. It played on 200 screens on the weekend of its release, so just maybe I'm not alone.

    6. Reconstruction

    Let me apologize for going off on a couple of offbeat tangents, and return to the main review. The problems aren't only due to director David Ren, but also the script itself. Written by lead actor Jason Yee and Larry Madill, it's admittedly difficult for a director of any pedigree to turn a script as much as a frog as this into a prince of a screenplay. The script frequently calls for bizarre tonal shifts, unnecessary narration, and the previously mentioned ripoffs from superior films. The film itself is a complete mess, but only because the script itself is most likely far worse. Ren probably did his best with the material that was given, which sadly, wasn't really anything special, and was actually downright horrible. More so, it's Yee and Madill who sabotaged the film; Ren was the unlucky schmuck who got stuck with it.

    7. Acceptance & Hope

    After writing this far more through examination than the film itself probably deserved, I've realized something very important: Failure is inevitable. Whether you're a director who understands he signed onto the wrong project, and maybe should've fine tuned his skills before directing in the first place, or a film blogger who desires to find redemption in everything; failure is inevitable. Sometimes in life, we're just going to drop the ball on a project, or stumble into the wrong theater. But, what's important is how we react to that failure. I'm positive David Ren is going to go pick up a video camera as soon as possible to try again, and I'll be the first one at the screening to watch his improvement before my eyes. And I'm going to make a greater effort not to watch anymore terrible movies for the site, and have the next set of reviews be only A's and B's. We shouldn't grief about failure, only learn from our mistakes, and continue living.

    Grade: A Very Special "F"

Critic Reviews

Rob Nelson
June 15, 2012
Rob Nelson, Variety

Newcomer Jason Yee proves plenty adept at chopsocky, but his chops are nonexistent on the thesping side. Full Review

Robert Abele
June 15, 2012
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

In its moments of sometimes comically violent antagonism, the movie shows some flashes of genre pizazz. Full Review

Farran Smith Nehme
June 15, 2012
Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post

At times off-putting, at other times outright campy, "The Girl From the Naked Eye" does offer a measured amount of queasy fun. Full Review

Neil Genzlinger
June 14, 2012
Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

There's a lot to like about the action film "The Girl From the Naked Eye," especially some crisp martial arts fight sequences and the subtle sense of humor that surfaces now and then. Full Review

Alison Willmore
June 14, 2012
Alison Willmore, AV Club

Could easily be relabeled Sin City Lite. Full Review

Roger Ebert
June 14, 2012
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

It isn't a great movie, but it looks terrific and makes me look forward to the next film by its director, David Ren. Full Review

Mark Holcomb
June 12, 2012
Mark Holcomb, Village Voice

There are dozens of better, riskier, more interesting films that go unreleased every year-why this militantly dull effort is taking their place is its only worthwhile mystery. Full Review

Witney Seibold
August 22, 2012
Witney Seibold, CraveOnline

It's a pretty good little noir with excellent fighting and the usual story. I liked the tone, I liked the photography, and I liked the characters. The pace is a little maddening, but the film is ultim... Full Review

Brent Simon
July 29, 2012
Brent Simon, Shared Darkness

A pulpy, low-budget slice of film noir cross-pollinated with a martial arts flick, this Girl wins no awards for great originality but nonetheless serves as a stylish and engaging vehicle for the surly... Full Review

Todd Jorgenson
June 18, 2012
Todd Jorgenson,

It might be difficult to stifle laughter while watching this stylish but overwrought noir thriller. Full Review

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