Eye for an Eye (1996) Movie Data
Eye for an Eye (1996) is Crime Drama Thriller Genres film which released in 1996. Eye for an Eye (1996) supported by Ed Harris, Sally Field, and Kiefer Sutherland. This movie has 1h 41min duration and good rating around 6.1 star from 10,520 movie mania. Very good!
Eye for an Eye (1996) Short Storyline
When the courts fail to keep behind bars the man who raped and murdered her daughter, a woman seeks her own form of justice.
Actor Actress behind Eye for an Eye (1996) Movie
Sally Field,Kiefer Sutherland,Ed Harris
Director: John Schlesinger
Writer: Erika Holzer
Eye for an Eye (1996) REVIEW
Sally Fields does a good job with this movie as a revenge seeking mother of a teenage daughter who’s been raped and murdered. I suppose to make this worth watching, she has to do a good job with this. The story itself has been done over and over: seeking revenge after a violent crime because the justice system has failed. That’s a pretty clichÃ© type of situation and story, so there’s not really a great deal to recommend this as far as originality is concerned. But Fields is good, and Kiefer Sutherland is appropriately creepy and threatening as the rapist/murderer. The portrayal of the rape of Karen’s daughter was terrifying, but (thankfully) not especially graphic.) The same could be said for the later rape committed by Sutherland’s Doob. The movie, in my opinion, also makes a fair point about the justice system leaning too far on the side of defending the rights of obviously guilty criminals at the expense of actually dispensing justice for their victims. I understand the need to protect the rights of the accused, but there does have to be a balance, and that balance is sometimes lost in the system that we have.I was kind of put off by the “group” the McCann’s attended for people who had lost loved ones to violence. To each his or her own, I suppose, but I can’t imagine that sitting around night after night talking about the same thing over and over and over again is really going to help anyone move on, and I wasn’t convinced by the “vigilante organization” aspect of this.I have to say, though, that I did like the ending. What I was finding distasteful up to this point was that Karen was going to turn vigilante, and by so doing she’d be be risking losing her other daughter as well by ending up in prison, which might have satisfied her own desire for revenge but would have been very selfish toward the younger daughter. So, the way she played things, she made sure that (a) she’d get her revenge, but (b) that she wouldn’t lose anything more by doing it. So, the ending worked for me. Overall, I found this a pretty good watch. (7/10)
Eye for an Eye (1996) PLOT STORY
Karen McCann’s eldest daughter is raped and murdered whilst on the phone with her. When the case against Robert Doob, the perpetrator, is dismissed because of a technicality, she starts following him and sees how he checks out his next victim, a woman he delivers groceries to. She tells the police, but is only warned she must stop following Doob. When she tries to warn the woman, she is shooed out of the house. Doob, having found out that Karen is following him, threatens to do something to her youngest daughter. She then seeks help from a group of vigilantes connected to a support group, in order to shoot Doob. However, a friend from the support group turns out to be an FBI agent investigating the very vigilante activity Karen is involved in and warns her that she will go to jail for the rest of her life unless it is self-defense. In the meantime, tension grows between Karen and her husband Mack, because he finds out she has secretly been taking self-defense classes and has been learning how to use a gun. When Doob makes another victim and is again released for lack of evidence, she finds a way to lure him into her house and kill him in self-defense.
After her daughter Julie is brutally raped and murdered, Karen McCann is turned down by the LAPD after she requests they keep suspect Robert Doob in jail for good instead of paroling him. Nevertheless, the LAPD and the courts do decide to parole him and Karen turns to a group of hit man trainers for help. They teach her how to manage a gun, etc. Eventually, Karen’s husband, Mack, finds out and tries to stop her. Karen backs off. Robert Doob tracks Karen down at the McCaan home and breaks in, hoping to kill her.
Karen McCann lives in Santa Monica, California, and her husband Mack McCann is the owner of the McCann construction company. Karen works in a museum, and she has two daughters. They are 5-year-old Megan and 17-year-old Julie. Mack is Megan’s biological father, and Julie was born from Karen’s previous marriage. Mack still loves Julie like she’s his own daughter. Karen is on her way home from work one day, when she calls home on her cell phone, and Julie answers. Julie is preparing for Megan’s 6th birthday at the time of the call, and Karen is still talking to Julie…when a man suddenly breaks into the house and rapes and kills Julie. Karen rushes home as fast as she can, and is devastated by what she sees. Detective Sergeant Joe Denillo is put on the case. Days later, Joe calls Karen and tells Karen that Julie’s killer is Robert Doob, a supermarket deliveryman who has been in and out of jail for most of his life. In court, Karen is understandably enraged when Robert is released on a technicality, and Mack is restrained when he lunges at Robert. Robert later starts harassing Megan, and when Karen starts checking out the neighborhood Robert lives in, Robert threatens to go after Megan unless Karen stays away from Robert’s neighborhood. When Karen joins a support group for parents of violence victims, she discovers that within this support group, there is a secret society of parents, led by bereaved parent Sidney Hughes, who kill killers that the extremely flawed system has failed to adequately deal with. Karen joins this group and is soon undergoing training at a local firing range. After Robert rapes and kills a woman named Maria, Robert is once again arrested, but he is again released on a technicality. This is when Karen sends Mack and Megan to visit some relatives, and forms a plan to do what the courts can’t do…stop Robert once and for all. In matters like these, the system has a habit of giving people like Karen absolutely no choice but to solve these kinds of problems themselves.
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