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Seeking Justice

Seeking Justice

2011 | Roger Donaldson

After his wife is assaulted, a husband enlists the services of a vigilante group to help him settle the score. Then he discovers they want a 'favor' from him in return.

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Mark Bladt     2020-11-17 2 out of 10

In 2011 Roger Donaldson directed a movie called “Seeking Justice”, and in short “Seeking Justice” is not a good movie. There are movies I define as IRS movies. Some might call them paycheck movies. And this is one of those movies. One of several movies that I strongly suspect, an actor like Nicolas Cage only made to pay off a debt to the IRS. If that is not the case, I strongly suggest Nicolas Cage hires another agent.

In short the movie is about English teacher Will Gerard, New Orleans resident and happily married to Laura played by January Jones. Laura plays the Cello and Will plays chess with his friend and co-worker Jimmy played by Harold Pirrineau. Pirrineau is an actor I have enjoyed watching since the late 90’s when I saw him in HBO’s OZ.  

New Orleans is ravaged by crime but Will and his wife are cultured and safely distanced from all the bad stuff until one fateful night.

Laura is raped and evil men have now destroyed Will Gerard’s world. The justice system in a movie like this of course does nothing, and Will hesitantly finds himself accepting the help of the mysterious stranger Simon played by Guy Pierce. It turns out Will has made a Devil’s bargain and the small favor he now owes the group of mysterious “well-meaning justice seeking citizens” soon turns out to lead him into a dark and evil world of murder, conspiracies and more and more evil men.

“Seeking Justice” is a thin pot of gumbo and the plotholes are about the size of the holes in a poorly maintained levee. The movie seems to have been written hastily without any plans for creating a believable plot or well-directed scenes. The evil organization Will Gerard has met and become an unwitting part of is seemingly so powerful and able to be anywhere at any given moment, that I am left wondering why they even needed Will Gerard in the first place. And as it is so often the case in a poorly and even lazily written script, the characters know either everything or absolutely nothing depending not on circumstance or situation, but on how lazy the scriptwriter was when writing the story.

I recommend watching “Seeking Justice” if you’re in forced Covid-19 isolation, you’ve forgotten the access codes to every streaming service you subscribe too, you’ve watched every single video on Youtube and this is the only DVD you own.




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