Eye for an Eye (1996)


“Why don’t you offer him a candy bar and maybe he will confess? ” – Karen

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After her daughter is raped and murdered, a woman does all she can to stop the perpetrator from committing another crime when the justice system fails.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about when it came out yet never had the opportunity to see what it was all about.

They do a nice job showing the way that people are suppose to rely on the justice system yet feel helpless when the system itself fails to work properly due to various loopholes.

The cast of this film is quite talented but not all are used effectively.

Sally Field does a nice job in the lead and helps make the viewer sympathize with her character’s plight as she goes through and uphill battle to convict her daughters attacker.

Keifer Sutherland is also quite good here even though all he needs to do in this story is seem menacing and creepy which he is able to do really well.

Ed Harris and Joe Mantegna on the other hand are both wasted here and neither is given enough to d in order to be effective.

The story of this film has so much more potential and they instead play things out in a very unrealistic fashion which hurts things too much especially since they start things off in the right direction.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that does a nice job dealing with how people are suppose to trust the justice system but are conflicted when it doesn’t work as smoothly as one would hope. Field does a nice job as the lead. Sutherland is quite creepy in his role and Harris and Mantegna are both wasted here in supporting roles.  The story plays out in a somewhat unrealsitic fashion and that hurts things too much even after starting off on the right track.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jamie Lee Curtis was originally cast as Karen McCann, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with House Arrest (1996). The lead female role was in the end cast with actress Sally Field. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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