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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Nicolas Cage
January Jones
Guy Pearce
Harold Perrineau.
Directors
Roger Donaldson.
Screenwriters
Robert Tannen.
Running Time
104 minutes

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Justice
Nic Cage's death wish


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Plot
When his wife is brutally assaulted, New Orleans teacher Will Gerard (Cage) takes the law into his own hands, enlisting the help of a shadowy man called Simon (Pierce) to take revenge. Gerard is promised help in exchange for one small favour...


Review
Justice
Goateed New Orleans teacher Will Gerard (Nicolas Cage) is agonised because his wife (January Jones) has just been raped. A smooth character (Guy Pearce) offers to have the rapist killed if Will promises a favour. Will signs up to the Faustian bargain by buying two candy bars from a vending machine (not the most ominous of scenes) and finds himself at the mercy of a vigilante conspiracy, which now wants him to be their pet assassin. An overlong thriller, this segues from Death Wish ordinary-man-pushed-too-far business (as if Cage could ever play ordinary) to paranoia movie without engaging with the issues, working as suspense or delivering more than adequate action.


Verdict
An unsuspenseful thriller with shades of Death Wish. Nicolas Cage's return to New Orleans doesn't even have a hallucinatory iguana to recommend it.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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RE: Justice

What could have been a decent romp with connotations on vigilantism is sadly in reality an extremely lazy and cliche-ridden action thriller that frequently ducks from the potentially daring situations it flirts with, resulting in a not particularly interesting or involving viewing experience. Nicolas Cage, by no means a bad actor, delivers his increasingly trademark phoned-in performance that's so accustomed to his films of a similar nature whilst the likes of Guy Pearce and January Jones are g... More

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