Film is not dead, but it is nothing like it was 10-15 years ago. That was the time when optics, electronic technology, film advancements, and autofocus were all mature technologies. Throw in new features such as image stabilization and eye-controlled focusing; this was the peak of film photographic advancement in the 35mm sector.
The Canon A2e was marketed towards the prosumer customers. The camera performs well in most areas. I have personally used it for weddings, portrait, wildlife, and outdoor scenes. This camera offers almost all of the features as the Canon 1N pro 35mm SLR model.
The 5 frame/second shutter performs well in action situations.
This camera model was ground breaking with its eye-controlled focusing feature. After training, it will follow your eye to match the focus point to where you are looking. You can also preview the depth of field with this feature in select modes. Overall, this was a nice gadget, but a little time consuming to use. I found it a little awkward. Since it hasn't been added to later models, I guess it was a feature that won't be back.
For a film camera, this is a solid player.