Eye for an Eye (1996)

DailyView: Day 132, Movie 206

Another film that is leaving HBO Max at the end of the month of September is Eye for an Eye, a movie starring Sally Field, Ed Harris and Kiefer Sutherland where a young girl is raped and murdered and the killer gets off on a technicality.

Sally Field and Ed Harris play the parents of the young girl, and Sutherland is the killer. This is a role that Kiefer Sutherland played quite a bit in his early career, as he played several slimeball roles.

This whole film feels quite slimy. It feels as if they are exploiting the worst thing that could happen in a family’s life for no other reason but to set up this revenge tale. It’s not even a straight revenge tale as the question about right and wrong are tossed around haphazardly and done to justify what they do.

There are some ugly scenes that are here because the plot requires it. None of these characters are more than basic sketches of characters. Kiefer Sutherland has every negative trait to make us hate him. There is nothing that makes him a real person. The police are completely incompetent and are almost written as antagonists. Sally Field has some bitter scenes with Joe Mantegna that make her look really bad.

There was a support group of people who had violent losses that was one of the most vile part of this movie. In particular, the work of Charlayne Woodward as Angel. There was so much in this group that felt downright rotten and left me with a disgusting feeling.

This was not a good movie. Yes, they have a great cast, but this class does not elevate the material at all. This is another clunker in the DailyView.

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