The Good: The first third of the film is really good. It is genuinely scary, intriguing, and builds the story up as a Stephen King-like thriller. It's smart, psychologically effective, and will keep you on edge.
In the beginning, the story has a similar feel to the film The Orphanage, both of which were produced by Guillermo Del Toro and starred Belen Rueda. Rueda again shines as the protagonist, and the rest of the cast is strong as well.
The Bad: Unfortunately, the story falls apart after the first third. Although the intensity remains consistent, the big twist in the end is such a letdown that I thought I was watching an M. Night Shyamalan movie.
There are too many issues with logic, such as a near-blind Julia insisting on staying in the same house where she believes her sister was murdered, while knowing that she's being stalked by her sister's killer.
On top of that, there are too many slapped-together "surprises" designed to explain every minor character's involvement. The end result is contrived, confusing, overlong, and ultimately disappointing.
Who would like this film: Julia's Eyes is meant for fans of thrillers and horror movies. Visually, it's really effective and it's undeniably scary in parts. But a mediocre ending unfortunately makes this yet another forgettable "escape the psycho killer" movie with a plot driven by characters who do unrealistically stupid things.
(2 out of 4 stars)
Review written by: Joe Yang