Film fails to do justice

Film fails to do justice

November 04, 2012
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Take the law into your own hands. Make a deal with an underground vigilante group. What other poor, out-of-character decisions can one person make? It turns out quite a few more - that's excluding the poor hair choice - for bookish high school teacher Nick Gerard (Nicolas Cage) in Roger Donaldson's revenge thriller Seeking Justice.

Pacifist Nick extols daily to his students the virtues of channelling anger into more productive means. But, when his wife, Laura (January Jones), is assaulted by a thug, he grapples with the idea of revenge.

Then a mysterious man, Simon (Guy Pearce), offers to take care of the thug. But at a later date, the organisation will in return ask Nick for "a favour". This being a revenge-thriller, he accepts, and begins his journey down the eye-for-an-eye path.

All is fine and dandy until six months later when he's asked to return the favour. It turns out the underground enforcers are not as trustworthy as they once appeared to be.

Personally, I would have preferred the original film title, The Hungry Rabbit Jumps, which provides an added mystique. The riddle is fun, but once you find out its meaning, it lacks a climax. Overall, the film treads the shallow waters of mediocrity, and is unable to push itself into blockbuster territory, something Cage and company were certainly going for here.

Contains violence and coarse language

YP Rating: 3/5

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