Alan Markfield
Owen Gleiberman
March 16, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Seeking Justice

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
105 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/16/12
performer
Nicolas Cage, January Jones, Guy Pearce
director
Roger Donaldson
distributor
Anchor Bay Films
genre
Drama, ActionAdventure, Thriller

We gave it an B-

It’s refreshing to see Nicolas Cage, non-histrionic and sort of subtle, in a halfway clever piece of indie pulp about a teacher who enlists a cult of vigilantes to kill the man who raped his wife (January Jones). What he then owes these thugs isn’t money, but his amateur services as an assassin. The doomed arrangement leads to twists, betrayals, and some heavy implausibilities. The movie is never dull, though, and Cage acts every moment as if he means it. As the cult’s leader, Guy Pearce, looking deeply creepy with a shaved head, has a cruel playfulness. B-

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