A teacher becomes indebted to a secret organization of
vigilantes after they kill the man who raped his wife.
Seeking Justice (2011)
Directed by Roger Donaldson
Written by Robert Tannen
Starring Nicolas Cage, January Jones, Guy Pearce,
Harold Perrineau, Jennifer Carpenter, Xander Berkeley
Watching a Nicolas Cage movie is an experience in my opinion. It's often indescribable and even if it's bad, it's still pretty good. When a film like Seeking Justice comes along and falls far under the radar, it just makes sense. This was a film made at the cusp of Cage's "non-refusal" policy, and despite a slightly uneven pace and a lot of loose ends, it's a pretty decent thriller. Sporting a surprisingly loaded cast of character actors and a highly intriguing premise, Seeking Justice is an engaging watch that's worth checking out.
Cage plays English teacher Will Gerard, who is approached by a mysterious man named Simon (Guy Pearce, who always delivers) after his wife is raped. Simon tells Well that he represents an organization who can find the rapist and make him disappear. All they ask in return is a favor from Will one day. Distraught, Will agrees and basically does a deal with the devil. It sets Will on a crazy road towards proving his own innocence after Simon sets him up for murder. The coolest thing is the scope of the vigilante organization. It's implied that these guys operate nationally, if not globally. The only cue you get about who's involved is the phrase "The hungry rabbit jumps," which starts to get eerie the more you hear it.
The film does have its flaws, but it's entertaining to watch Cage try to restrain his performance. Sure, it's a paycheck gig but sometimes they can stand out. I went in with very low expectations and came out somewhat impressed. It could be my unconditional love for all things Nic Cage, but then again, maybe Seeking Justice is one of those decent flicks that slipped through the cracks.