I really enjoy revenge flicks so, in spite of the slim chance of success, I was down for this seeming mix of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN and DEATH WISH. Itís honestly a decent enough premise: an underground organization that specializes in anonymous pay-it-forward revenge. Itís the kind of plot you canít think too much about, but one that could be fun if played right. Unfortunately, SEEKING JUSTICE never strives to be anything more than a standard run-of-the-mill thriller, which is surprising since it comes from director Roger Donaldson, whoís responsible for everything from SPECIES to THIRTEEN DAYS to 2008ís Jason Statham vehicle THE BANK JOB. Itís never terrible but thereís nothing here that feels unique or even that interesting. In fact, it very much comes across like a direct to DVD movieólow rent and generic across the board. (The biggest action beat involves Nicolas Cage running across a busy street during moderate rush hour.) As Cageís character gets deeper and deeper involved with the mysterious organization, the movie sacrifices more and more logic in the name of paranoia. Towards the end, even the writers realized they made a twisty thriller that didnít have any twists, so they throw in a completely out-of-left-field reveal for the hell of it.
If youíre curious if Nicolas Cage could save SEEKING JUSTICE with one of his patented crazy performances, I have more bad news. This isnít the fun, zany Nicolas Cage from KICK ASS or BAD LIEUTENANT, itís the bored, sleepwalking Nicolas Cage from KNOWING and SEASON OF THE WITCH. My guess is he only signed on because it takes place in his beloved city of New Orleans. Cage has very little chemistry with January Jones, which is crucial to the success of the film, though to his credit Jones is proving to be one of the most uncharismatic and boring actresses working today. Even Guy Pearce, so great in pretty much everything he does, is just showing up for a paycheck.
I suspect that was the case for everyone involved with SEEKING JUSTICE.
Extra Tidbit: IronE Singleton, T-Dog from The Walking Dead, is in the cast and heís treated with pretty much the same level of respect as he is on that show. (None.)