Eye For An Eye (1996)
An ordinary woman is driven to the point of violent revenge in this tense thriller. Karen McCann (Sally Field) is a suburban wife and working mother with two daughters. Karen's life is turned upside down when her 17-year-old daughter is raped and murdered, a crime she overhears on her cellular phone. Sgt. Denillo (Joe Mantegna), a bright and resourceful police detective, soon tracks down the culprit, an especially sleazy criminal named Robert Doob (Kiefer Sutherland). However, due to a minor technicality, Doob escapes conviction, even though he's clearly guilty. Karen's husband Mack (Ed Harris) suppresses his grief and tries to go on with his life, but Karen doesn't find this quite so easy; she joins a support group for parents of murdered children, and she discovers that within the group is an underground society that seeks vigilante justice against killers who've slipped through the net of the judicial system. Karen buys a gun, learns how to use it, and begins training in martial arts. She starts keeping tabs on Doob, and learns that he not only intends to kill again, he's targeting her younger daughter. Beverly D'Angelo co-stars as Karen's best friend Dolly, and Philip Baker Hall plays Sidney Hughes. … More
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Critic Reviews for Eye For An Eye
This blatant button-pusher plays upon our most primal emotions as well as the increasing disdain for the criminal justice system.
A B movie that somehow won the lottery and got an A-movie cast and director.
The characterisation is so thin, and the plotting so crude, it's only the violence which sets this apart from the banalities of TV fare.
Never in his varied career has Mr. Schlesinger made a film as mean-spirited and empty as this.
Dumb dips from oppressive to offensive in this Sally Field suspense drama, which actually comes out for vigilantism.
Although it poses the interesting moral dilemma behind taking the law into your own hands, Schlesinger's film borders on the distasteful in its portrayal of rape and murder.
Directed by John Schlesinger from a screenplay by the Posse Comitatus.
Falls as flat as a flapjack
Rotten revenge flick. Avoid.
Sally Field versus Kiefer Sutherland...? I like it!
Shamelessly ugly and obvious revenge garbage.
Despite a great storyline (being based on the novel of the same name by Erika Holzer), this contemporary suspense/ drama about a mother-turned-vigilante is just too predictable.
Audience Reviews for Eye For An Eye
Decent, but flawed thriller, Eye for an Eye could have been much better than what it turned out to be. The script has a good idea for a plot, but it definitely could have used a few rewrites because the finished the film seems to struggle in delivering great thrills. There things that I liked about the film, but overall I felt that the film had too much wasted potential on-screen. Kiefer Sutherland is a great villain in the film, and his performance makes the film worth watching despite its flaws. Director John Schlesinger could have done a bit better and considering that this is a revenge thriller, the way the film could have ended up could have turned out so much better if the script was better written, and some parts would have been rewritten. Eye for an Eye is a prime example of a decent flick that could have been much better, but ended up of falling flat of its mark. This is not a bad film, but it could have been so much better. The strength of the film lies in Sutherland's performance. As a whole this is an entertaining flick that I liked somewhat, but I did feel that it could have been much better than what it turned out to be. If you want a mindless, somewhat predictable thriller, then give this film a shot. However keep your expectations low on this one as it doesn't try to do anything creative to elevate the boundaries of the genre. Enjoyable, but flawed, Eye for an Eye is the type of film that you watch on a rainy night when there's nothing else better to do.More
I expected more from the director of Midnight Cowboy, Makes a few fair points but overall disappointingMore
The film is slickly mad and suspenseful, but manipulative and unpleasant; under the lynch-mob surface there are hints of a more honest, thoughtful film about grief, loss, and anger.More
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