Eye of the Needle

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * * * · )    DVD Rating: ( * * · · · )

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Donald Sutherland seems to really shine as either a nut (Flashback) or a bad dude (Conspiracy Theory). This movie follows the latter. Sutherland plays a German spy who is deep into the Allied forces in Europe. He is discovered and has to go underground, ending up on an almost deserted island inhabited by a pilot who lost his legs in an auto accident, his wife, their four year old son and the local drunk/Lighthouse dude. We get to see how much of a monster Faber (Sutherland) is as he butchers a good portion of the European police and military with one of the cooler assassin weapons in movies, the spring armed switchblade. We can only assume he will be able to go through the family like a hot spring armed switchblade through butter. The real horror comes in when he not only kills a few of the folks, but gets the woman to fall in love with him as well. Then she must not only protect her family, but take the evil secret to her grave. The DVD was pretty weak with a non 16x9 enhanced 1.85 to 1 picture and a Pro-Logic soundtrack. There were no extras. Overall an excellent world war two spy movie that doesn't give you the typical plot line.