Seeking Justice (Film)

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 October, 2011, 12:00am


Take the law into your own hands. Make a deal with an underground vigilante group. How many other poor, out-of-character decisions can one person make?

It turns out quite a few more {minus} excluding the star's poor hair choice {minus} by the bookish high school teacher (Nicolas Cage,right) 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 for him. But at a later date, the vigilante organisation will ask Nick for 'a favour' in return. This being a revenge thriller, Nick accepts - and so 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 that the 'underground' enforcers are not as trustworthy as they first appeared.

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 just about keeps its head above the shallow waters of mediocrity, but fails to rise into blockbuster territory - something Cage and company were certainly hoping for. Contains violence and coarse language.