Verdict: 2.5 / 5
Nicholas Cage has a bulletproof career. The talented Oscar-winning actor has made some poor script choices in the past and has continued to sleepwalk his way through roles lately. Seeking Justice, however, deserves some faint praise. It’s not as bad as the title might suggest.
Many will find it hard to believe that Cage was once an immensely talented actor. Not convinced? Have a look at his resume. It’s filled with roles that have deservedly won him critical acclaim and star status. Somewhere along the way, a few big missteps with Drive Angry and Ghost Rider, he lost his groove. While Seeking Justice doesn’t regain him his standing, it is certainly a step in the right direction.
Cage plays Will Gerrard, a happily married, hard-working, law-abiding high-school English teacher whose life takes an unexpected turn when his beautiful musician wife Laura (January Jones) is brutally raped, robbed and beaten. While she lies recovering in the hospital, Will is approached in the waiting room by Simon (Guy Pearce), who offers him the “justice” the already failed justice system couldn’t. The only catch is that he needs to promise to repay the debt at a later stage. Will wrestles with the idea for a while before agreeing.
When the rapist is murdered and Simon returns to collect his debt, Will realizes that he is in way over his head. Unable to complete the tasks set before him, he decides to take on the very people who helped him avenge his wife.
It’s an intriguing premise no doubt, but a lot of it spoiled by confusing plot holes and predictable outcomes – the stuff B-grade movies are made of. But even if the script doesn’t quite hang together, New Zealand-born director Roger Donaldson knows his way around an action thriller. Seeking Justice is watchable, if not quite logical.
“The hungry rabbit jumps.” — a mysterious code phrase used in the movie that goes on being mysterious for the rest of the film.