Direct to video films have been on a steady upswing for the last couple of years. The increase in the demand for DVDs has opened a new viable option for studios to produce films that may never make it to the theater. These films often allow new actors a glimpse at stardom or they allow former stars the chance to try to return to the success they once new. Stars like Cuba Gooding Jr., Steven Segal, and Nicholas Cage have found new life in the home video market.
Seeking Justice (Rated R) is a contemplative, stirring that questions the moral fiber of a man after he sought justice outside of the law for a horrible crime committed against his wife. The film is a decent opportunity for one of the former bigger stars in Hollywood to attempt to make a comeback. The movie stars Nicolas Cage (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance), January Jones (X-Men: First Class), Guy Pierce (Prometheus), Jennifer Carpenter (Gone), and Harold Perrineau (30 Days of Night: Dark Days)
This film poses some great questions and offers a viable moral dilemma about ethics. “Where does the need for revenge end and justice begin?” “What is justice the difference between justice and vengeance and how far would you go to get true justice?” The film is based upon these issues a it induces a good level of tension as the events surrounding the brutal raping and robbing of an everyday man’s wife. When the police can’t get justice a stranger gives him an alternative to get the justice he craves. The film premiered in 2012. The film has elements of a mystery as Will Gerard tries to solve the murder of Allan Marsh and uncover the vigilante group that has put him on the run.
The film pits two of the more talented actors of the last 20 years against one another. It never clearly maximizes their talents. Nicholas Cage does a decent job as the school teacher turned fugitive, Will Gerard. Cage is as spectacular as he has been in some of his better roles but this is a solid performance. Guy Pierce isn’t at his best either but he also does good job as Simon, the head of the vigilante organization. The film becomes a good match of wits as the two square off. Clearly not the best from either but it still makes for good entertainment.
The action is solid but not spectacular. The film clearly has the direct to video feel. It is very predictable but it is more than entertaining enough to offset a boring night at home. The combination of Nicholas Cage, January Jones, and Guy Pierce is talented but misused. There are clearly an effective trio that can carry a film. Just not this one. An average watch at best. My recommendation would be not to buy but get it from the Redbox or may Netflix.