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At the hospital, waiting for news about his wife’s condition, Will is approached by Simon, (Guy Pearce) who proposes an intriguing offer: Simon will arrange to have a complete stranger exact vengeance on Laura’s attacker, in exchange for a favor from Will in the near future. Distraught and grief-stricken, Will consents to the deal, unwittingly pulling himself into a dangerous underground vigilante operation. While continuing to protect his wife from the truth, he quickly discovers that his quest for justice could lead to frightening and deadly consequences.
Directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job, The Recruit), with story by Robert Tannen and Todd Hickey and screenplay by Robert Tannen, Seeking Justice also stars Harold Perrineau (ABC’s “Lost,” upcoming Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story) and Jennifer Carpenter (Showtime’s “Dexter,” Quarantine).
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Nicolas Cage, in an unusually well moderated, low-key performance, plays a happily married high school teacher whose wife (January Jones) becomes the victim of a brutal rape. While waiting in the hospital, he is approached by a concerned stranger (Guy Pearce) who offers to get justice for his wife in exchange for a favor, sometime in the future. Distraught, Cage agrees to the vigilante course of action and, within hours, word comes that the rapist has "committed suicide".
Six months later, Jones has recovered from her physical injuries, yet is still on edge from her horrific experience, when Cage is summoned by Pearce to return the "favor" by killing an alleged child pornographer. And, if he doesn't do it, there will be dire consequences.
There are a few surprising plot twists in this fast-moving film, which is actually a lot better than I expected. True, there are moments where your believability quotient may be slightly strained, but with these kinds of movies, you either go along with them or you don't, and in the case of this Roger Donaldson-directed thriller, the tendency is to just enjoy the ride.
The DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment contains a "Behind the Scenes" featurette.
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And Nick has an excellent supporting cast of recognizable actors that help make Seeking Justice an above average hour and 45 minutes of well spent time. Nick plays a dude whose wife (played by Mad Men's January Jones) is assaulted by a thug. Guy Pierce runs an underground (is there another kind?) vigilante service and offers Nick some "free help" to settle the score. But of course nothing is really free, and Nick finds himself in hot water with the vigilante when the vigilante comes knocking for a return favor that Nick isn't very favorable to.
The storyline seemed very familiar, and the movie was a bit predictable. And in the last half hour of the movie, Nick's mild mannered character seems to develop a lot skills that someone like the character he plays would never have. But still, I found myself enjoying the movie enough to suggest that any fan of a good action thriller should put this in their queue for a viewing.
3 ½ stars. Check it out.
"Seeking Justice" asks the question: How far will you go to obtain justice when a loved one is violated?" There have been numerous films depicting the actions of a lone vigilante; they range from the classic "Death Wish" (Death Wish) to the more current release "The Brave One" (The Brave One [Blu-ray]). I enjoy vigilante films because our judicial system is designed to protect the criminal. Ask Sondra Lock's character, Jennifer Spencer, in "Sudden Impact" (Dirty Harry: Ultimate Collector's Edition (Dirty Harry / Magnum Force / The Enforcer / Sudden Impact / The Dead Pool) [Blu-ray]). However, Will Gerard becomes entangled in a vigilante group that tries to turn him into a murderer, which he is not. This theme was also explored in "Point of No Return" (...Read more ›
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I'll admit it, I like Nick Cage. It doesn't mean I like all his movies though. This one I did like. Read morePublished 1 month ago by W. Boyd
Better than some of Nicholas Cage's movies. I saved it for watching again.Published 8 months ago by LUVSERIES69