Crazy To See: SEEKING JUSTICE
Summary: Will Gerard is a happily married family man whose quiet life is turned upside-down when his wife, Laura, is brutally attacked one night while leaving work. At the hospital, waiting for news about his wife’s condition, Will is approached by Simon, who proposes an intriguing offer: Simon will arrange to have a complete stranger exact vengeance on Laura’s attacker, in exchange for a favor from Will in the near future. Distraught and grief-stricken, Will consents to the deal, unwittingly pulling himself into a dangerous underground vigilante operation. While continuing to protect his wife from the truth, he quickly discovers that his quest for justice could lead to frightening and deadly consequences. (Anchor Bay Films)
CRITICS CONSENSUS: CRAZY TO SEE
Here is a story hammered together from discards at the Lunacy Factory. Attempting to find something to praise, I am reduced to this: Cage’s performance is not boring.
Ultimately, as things develop, this becomes less about revenge than it does about escaping a set-up. A successful production of this sort needs to constantly elevate the stakes as it builds suspense. Seeking Justice fails and that failure makes it a dubious movie-going choice best suited to the low expectations of a video release.
Cage and the always-intense Pearce keep this thing going, but even they seem to know the ultimate destination is a bargain bin.
Eventually, though, Seeking Justice devolves into the usual business of chases and elaborate double-crosses that leave behind all vestiges of realism for the sake of popcorn thrills.
To paraphrase a famous Mae West wisecrack, when Cage is good, he’s very good, and when he’s bad, he’s better. Here, however, he’s just plain lousy, and like the film he so passively carries, that’s no fun at all.
Seeking Justice is an intense thriller so full of shocks it keeps you wired from start to finish.
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.
Seeking Justice is the kind of effective middle-range pulp thriller that has lately become an endangered species.
The film’s tossed-off look and clunky editorial construction are still secondary to the sheer silliness of its story.
Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
Some of the film’s limpness is due to the fact that Cage plays Will in a minor weird key as opposed to one of his major ones — there are no fits of operatic oddness.
Once upon a time, the star would have added both gravity and a manic edge to this wronged everyman. At this juncture, Cage is less believable as an average Joe than he is as, say, a cursed trick rider with a flaming skull for a head.
Neither the script’s conspiracies nor Nicolas Cage’s performance is weird enough to trump the film’s generic feel.
Source : MetaCritic
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