Blind Eye (DVD Review)11 May, 2008 By: Matt Miller
Rated ‘R' for language, violence and brief sexuality.
Stars Nick Mancuso, Roddy Piper, Levi Oliver, Tara Goudreau, Joel Hookey, Phil Babcock, Shaun Hood, Simone Randall, Jamie Routley.
Blind Eye is an engaging good cop/bad cop thriller about a brotherhood of childhood friends thrown into turmoil by a sinister police chief played by ex-professional wrestler Roddy Piper.
The action begins when Nick (Oliver), an overzealous ex-cop on a downward spiral, gets a frantic call from his estranged wife telling him that their young daughter, Mira (Randall), has vanished. Nick doesn't waste any time rushing home to assist his local police buddies with the investigation, but finds things in the small town have changed since he left.
Days go by without any clues on Mira's whereabouts, so Nick begins his own search and inadvertently uncovers a trail of corruption that leads directly to the police chief.
The deeper Nick digs, the more dangerous it gets, and the more those who are really trying to help him start turning up dead. Eventually, Nick surmises that Mira accidentally saw something the crooked cops didn't want her to see, so they made her disappear. Not knowing if his daughter is still alive, Nick knows the only chance to find the little girl and save his hometown is to bring down the police chief and his men before they get to him first.
Led by veteran actor Mancuso, charming newcomer Oliver and the always charismatic Piper, Blind Eye plays a lot like a low-budget version of Gone Baby Gone.
Filled with intense action and drama, the film made its Canadian cable TV debut in April, receiving a ton of publicity thanks to Piper's former wrestling career. And considering our obsession with crime shows like “CSI,” this film already has a built-in fan base of people who crave thrillers like this.