Seeking Justice is an action/adventure movie starring Guy Pearce, Nicolas Cage and January Jones. In this film Nicolas plays the role of a happily married man named Will Gerard. Everything seems to be perfect until one night his wife, Laura Gerard gets attacked. Seeking Justice is a story of man who decided to serve a cold dish of vengeance to his wife’s attacker. Taking a one-time offer from a mysterious man named Simon (Guy Pearce), Will Gerard discovers that he is going deeper and deadlier into this quest. Let’s take a look at an inside report on this heart stopping story, Seeking Justice.
An Early Look At Seeking Justice Starring Nicolas Cage And Guy Pearce
“If this story reminds you of Goethe’s “Faust” or of George Abbott and Douglas Wallop’s “Damn Yankees,” then you’d likely get an A from Will Gerard (Nicolas Cage), who teaches English in an inner city public high school in New Orleans. Will, who is so liberal that he refuses his wife’s request to keep a gun in their home after she is brutally raped and beaten, is not like Paul Kersey, who is Charles Bronson’s character in Michael Winner’s “Death Wish.” Kersey is a vigilante whose wife is killed by street punks and who picks off scuzzy looking characters of all races and creeds in a crime-infested New York. If Will is going to kill anybody, it would be with great reluctance, if his back is to the wall. Even when pursued by attackers you get the impression that like any softie, he’d want simply to talk to them, to discuss how we’re a culture with a background in the Age of Enlightenment, a country which, according to Harvard Professor Steven Pinker’s book “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined,” bad guys are not as bad as they used to be.
Still, while you’re not likely to get a terrific vigilante drama like “Death Wish” or Sam Peckinpah’s “Straw Dogs” or Aeschylus’s “Agamemnon” that easily, “Seeking Justice” has a good amount of tension, not a bad performance from Nic Cage, plus a couple of twists that a perceptive cinephile will see coming just about a half hour before the conclusion.
The story opens as Will and his wife Laura (January Jones) celebrate their fifty anniversary in a hip New Orleans bar, the perfect couple who laugh at each other’s jokes, dance, make love, and exchange presents–or at least Will gives Laura a necklace. When Laura is raped, beaten to a pulp and hospitalized, Will is approached by an unusual fellow, Simon (Guy Pearce) with a strange request: Simon knows the rapist and will kill him if Will, some time in the future, will return a favor when asked. Reluctantly, Will sells his soul, falling into Simon’s net. When Simon later calls in on the contract like a modern Mephistopheles, asking Will to kill an alleged scuzz and make it look like a suicide, Will’s liberalism comes to the foreground, forcing the high-school teacher to do otherwise. Simon will not accept this answer, of course.
Director Roger Donaldson’s cameraman, David Tattersall, shows us a New Orleans almost recovered from hurricane Katrina, a place where the races freely interact (Will’s best friend is Jimmy (Harold Perrineau, an African-American). One scene finds Will present at a wake of a person he had been asked to kill, quite an experience for those unfamiliar with Irish custom of drinking and loudly praising the dead, warts and all. There are car chases and collisions, but no explosions except for those generated by Cage’s character. Major flaws: if Will is so opposed to vigilante justice that he will not kill even his wife’s attacker and is reluctant even to contact with Simon to do so, how can Simon expect him to kill people who are perfect strangers to Will? And if Simon and his organization are so efficient at killing, why do they have to hire others to do their work?”
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Seeking Justice is directed by Roger Donaldson and is coming to theaters on March 16, 2012
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