SEEKING JUSTICE (Alliance, 2011) D: Roger Donaldson, w/ Nicolas Cage, January Jones. Rating: NNN; DVD package: none Rating: NNN
The basic premise of Seeking Justice has enough built-in tension to make it watchable, but director Roger Donaldson never does much to enhance the suspense.
Will (Nicolas Cage) is a happily married teacher whose wife (January Jones) is raped. He's approached by Simon (Guy Pearce), a stranger with a proposition: he and his little organization will take care of the rapist. All they want is Will's go-ahead and his pledge that he'll do them some small service in the future. You can guess what that service is, and when Will refuses, Simon and his friends start stalking him.
The movie peaks as Will founders in a sea of paranoia: Who are these guys? What's their real agenda? Once he gets a clue and starts to fight back, the action and mood turn conventional.
The cast is competent, but Cage is wasted as a normal guy.
If you want a revenge-gone-wrong thriller, in place of the extras that aren't here check out the Kevin Bacon flick Death Sentence, a nastier and more direct take on the subject.
EXTRAS English, French audio. English subtitles.