Directed by Roger Donaldson
Starring Nicolas Cage, January Jones and Guy Pearce
You don’t expect much from a movie called “Seeking Justice,” starring Nicolas Cage. Titles don’t get much worse than that, and Hollywood’s hardest working thespian has made enough B-grade thrillers for five lifetimes.
Plus, Cage openly lends his name to just about any movie these days, a truism so ingrained in the public consciousness that it’s parodied on “Saturday Night Live.”
Fortunately, in this case, that logic happens to be wrong. This vigilante flick from director Roger Donaldson (“The Bank Job”) is a perfectly entertaining affair that trots out a tried-and-true formula and works it well.
Cage plays college professor Will Gerard, who accepts a shady deal offered by the mysterious Simon (Guy Pearce), after Will’s wife Laura (January Jones) is beaten and raped. Simon fronts a vigilante group that offers to avenge Laura’s assault, in exchange for a future favor from Will. We know, more or less, what that will be, and when it comes up a classic Hitchcockian moral dilemma sets in.
Cage plays the regular man protagonist with surprising ease, dialing down the nutty affectations, and “Seeking Justice” goes through its familiar paces with a crispness that keeps you engaged.