3: An Eye for an Eye

By: Graeme Howard

Lou Simon’s 3: An Eye for an Eye is a revenge thriller with a healthy amount of twists to subvert viewer expectations.  Unfortunately, the stiff and unconvincing performances lead to an experience that will be predictable, drab, and confusing for most.

The film revolves around three characters that are only referred to as He, She, and It.  He (Tod Bruno) and She (Aniela McGuinness) seek a confession from It (Mike Stanley) who allegedly raped She at a party a year-or-so back.  The simple approach to the set-up of the film should have given the characters more than enough time to truly consider how far they are willing to go to seek the answers that they are looking for.  However, most of the interactions between He and She always feel disingenuous and unbelievable.

For every tense torture moment there is an equally laughable exchange between our main characters as they discuss what is happening.  These moments should have been tense scenes where the characters can question the actions that they are taking, but instead just make the viewer feel that everything occurring is non-consequential.

One of the best things going for 3: An Eye for an Eye is how Lou Simon establishes He and She as individuals who may have ulterior motives.  However, this leaves little to the imagination for what is actually happening as the film enters its final act.  Things that are meant to be revelatory can be seen from a mile away, which isn’t saying much when the acting from the two leads is, at times, fairly stiff.

It’s unfortunate that 3: An Eye for an Eye stumbles so much because the curveballs that the film does offer are not terrible.  At its best, 3: An Eye for an Eye can be a trippy revenge fueled ride, raising more questions than answers.  Regrettably, the laughable dialogue delivery and often complete lack of logic leads to a boring experience that fails to create something truly captivating.

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