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They're Calling This A "Female 'Bourne' Film," We're Calling It A Joke. Like, It Has To Be, Right?

By Kristy Puchko | Film | May 8, 2018 |

By Kristy Puchko | Film | May 8, 2018 |


The Cannes Film Festival begins today. And that means lucky critics basking in the glow of the French Riviera will get to enjoy new works from the likes of Spike Lee, Asghar Farhadi, Wim Wenders and Debra Granik. But this event is more than the big movies, the glamorous stars, and the controversial directors. It’s also got a booming film market (Marche du Film), where smaller movies vie for attention. Never forget, Sharknado began its journey to infamy at Cannes. And it is from here that we’ve learned about Eye For An Eye, an action-thriller that its press release calls “Female ‘Bourne’ Film.”

That’s a bold comparison to make. Can the trailer for Eye For An Eye live up to that hype? No. The answer is no.

The official synopsis for Eye For An Eye:

In the Stephen Lambert directed film, a disavowed CIA agent goes on the run when she is attacked by mercenaries who have learned she possesses a missing memory card containing information that could start World War III.

So, when they say “Female ‘Bourne’ Film,” they mean an espionage movie with a woman at the front. There’s no amnesia angle. No popular Robert Ludlum novel on which it’s based. No buzz over an up-and-coming director, and no headliner with undeniable star power. Welcome to the shady side of the Cannes Film Festival, where insanely poor comparisons are employed to sell otherwise woefully unremarkable projects.

Besides, in this house we only recognize one Eye For An Eye. And by that I mean all hail the 1996 Sally Field classic, which featured one of the most disturbing phone calls in film history.

Now on Hulu.

Kristy Puchko is the film editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.