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There are certain actresses in this world of facade we call "Hollywood" who KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO ACT. These actresses take us to places where we never could have imagined we could go or sometimes don't want to go. Sally Field plays Karen McCann...a happily married and successful business woman. She has a great husband, Mack whom she has a daughter Megan (Alexandra Kyle) with and a daughter who is older (17) from another failed marriage Julie (Olivia Burnette). The story is based on a novel by Betty Mahmoody (TRUE STORY!!) about a parent's WORST NIGHTMARE. Karen's daughter Olivia comes home early from school to help set up a birthday party for her baby sister. She receives a phone call from Karen checking on things and a knock comes at the door. Enter (in my opinion one of the SLEAZIEST characters played BEAUTIFULLY played by Kiefer Sutherland), Robert Doob. A delivery driver who delivers a horrible nightmare to Karen's family! While ON THE PHONE WITH HER MOTHER, Olivia answers the door and is brutally and savagely raped and murdered. The scene is INTENSELY hard to watch but is needed so the viewer can appreciate the importance of how awful Robert Doob is. Karen hears the whole the thing while on the phone. When she arrives to the house...her daughter is dead and the place is a mess. She has problems and her work and marriage suffer.
Detective Sergeant Joe Denillo (Joe Mantegna) assures Karen there is enough DNA evidence to help catch the killer. He also encourages her and her husband to seek counseling. The judge dismisses the case due to DNA mishandelings. Robert Doob walks and justice fails. Without ruining the ending, Karen takes matters into her own hands and all I can say is this: I don't think I would handle it any different. It's a painful film at parts but is one of those rare GEMS that, if given a chance, will be one of the viewers favorites. Not to be watched with a young child (graphic rape and murder scenes). Sally delivers and Ed is WONDERFUL as the supportive frustrated husband. I adore Kiefer Sutherland because of his ability to shine in any role. Despicable as "Robert Doob". In an interview with Oprah, the author said it was very painful to be present during Julie's "murder scene". I understand why. 5/5 stars! Justice will prevail!
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN JUSTICE FAILS? TWO-TIME ACADEMY AWARD WINNER SALLY FIELD,KIEFER SUTHERLAND AND ED HARRIS STAR IN THIS RIVETING THRILLER ABOUT THE SEARCH FOR JUSTICE IN AN UNJUST WORLD. KAREN MCCANN'S (SALLY FIELD) ORDERLY LIFE IS SHATTERED WHEN A STRANGER BREAKS INTO HER HOME AND MURDERS HER 17-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER. BUT SHOCK AND GRIEF TURN INTO RAGE AND DISBELIEF WHEN THE KILLER (SUTHERLAND) IS RELEASED ON A LEGAL TECHNICALITY. WHEN HE COMMITS ANOTHER MURDER-AND IS SET FREE ONCE AGAIN-KAREN IS DETERMINED TO MAKE HIM PAY FOR HIS CRIMES.
Sadly this movie is based on the the true story of one Womans horror (the real Mother portrayed in this film helped with the production) as she sat and was forced to listen to her innocents Daughters brutal rape and murder while sitting in traffic talking on her cell phone..imagine hearing your dying Child screaming for you while people refused to help some rolled up their windows and even turned up their radios..one Woman did help, but sadly it was too late..the rape scene is very graphic and the horror the Mother felt played by Sally Field is just as graphic this movie will make you cry from beginning to end..how could such a precious person be so brutally murdered then have her murder chuckle as he walked away..he definitely got what he deserved. I just wish all murderes and rapists would get the same treatment..Watch this movie, but be warned if you have ever been a victim this movie may be a little much for you to watch..
Sally Field's grieving mom is one of her most intense and convincing roles. Kieffer Southerland as the vicious Robert Doob personifies evil. The justice system is more concerned with covering its butt than protecting the innocent.
Surely they can't release a murderous rapist on the flimsiest pretext? Can they?
The stage is set for a shattering conclusion.
The film was blasted by the critics and received no major awards. Perhaps the skewering of our wrong-headed courts sunk it. Truth can be painful. Still, movie goers voted by seeing it." Eye for an Eye" is one the best of the genre. That's why I had to have the DVD.
Kiefer Sutherland, Sally Field and Ed Harris pull together for this amazing, albeit grim look at the justice system and how far some people are willing to go to see it accomplished. Sutherland is head-turningly amazing as the icy, cruel gangbanger who disrupts Fields life with an unspeakable act of violence. A truly deep and touching social drama in the same league as "A Time to Kill" or "The General's Daughter".