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  • 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) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Mar 13, 2012
    75
    Seeking Justice is an intense thriller so full of shocks it keeps you wired from start to finish.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 18, 2012
    60
    Good in spots, overall Cage is fine. Nothing more, nothing less. Kind of like Seeking Justice.
  3. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Mar 18, 2012
    50
    To be fair, when the story is moving, it's okay.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Mar 12, 2012
    40
    Neither the script's conspiracies nor Nicolas Cage's performance is weird enough to trump the film's generic feel.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 19, 2012
    40
    In the end, though, Seeking Justice evokes the post-Watergate paranoia of '70s thrillers like "The Parallax View" and "Three Days of the Condor" without having a worthy conspiracy at the bottom.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 15, 2012
    40
    Cage and the always-intense Pearce keep this thing going, but even they seem to know the ultimate destination is a bargain bin.
  7. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Mar 14, 2012
    16
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Mar 17, 2012
    9
    This was a very well made, very entertaining movie. Both of us were extremely happy with it and went away feeling like we'd seen a high quality piece of filmmaking. The shots, locations, edits and casting were invigorating and yet realistic and lifelike. The dialogue was mainly restrained and nicely understated. The acting was good all around and Nic Cage was especially strong, playing a vulnerable "regular guy". Sure the plot is a little fantastical but within that sort of genre it was smart and well written and the plot was truly suspenseful and thrilling, consistently through. Despite the action/intrigue plot it had a low-key indie feel a lot of the time. Also, the New Orleans locales were excellent. Expand
  2. Mar 19, 2012
    9
    Yes, Nick Cage has made some stinkers, but Seeking Justice isn't one of them. This move was suspenseful from beginning to end, The worst thing about this movie was the title.It should 've been called Civilian Justice. Expand
  3. Mar 1, 2014
    7
    Seeking Justice is truly one of Nicolas Cage's better films and maybe the best one in his last 15 or so. The plot hinges on a very interesting and creative concept of an underground vigilante operation that I haven't seen in any other movie. Some of the plot points that progress the story arc feel a bit weak but overall, I was pleasantly surprised but how entertaining and well written and acted the movie was. Expand
  4. Dec 13, 2012
    6
    "Seeking Justice" is a decently-entertaining and well-made thriller with a healthy pace and good storytelling. Nicolas Cage plays a happily married man whose life is turned upside down when his wife is beaten and raped one night, and accepts a stranger's offer to "take care of" the perpetrator in return for a promise to pay him back sometime. When that time comes, he challenges what he's asked to do, and ends up on the run to protect his name and his wife. The film boasts good storytelling and a healthy pace, and Cage's performance is engaging. Guy Pearce also handles himself well as the villain, and there's a fair dose of action sprinkled throughout. Don't expect it to be more than what it is - a popcorn thriller - but don't expect it to be any less, either. Expand
  5. Dec 21, 2012
    5
    i wonder if they went out of their way to rip off numerous better films... like taken, law abiding citizen, etc. oh well, it at least assembles all the little bits ripped from these films into something decent... Expand
  6. Mar 16, 2012
    3
    By all costs a Net-Flix, night-filler as opposed to a $10 theater let-down, "Seeking Justice," is not the worst played by Cage (sporting a fledgingly trim goatee) in recent films, though it is not far behind. Still packing unnecessary convolution and plot holes, ample action, and a low suspension of disbelief, this thriller is only saved from camp delight due to Pearce's sufficient-enough foil. Though, once the plot takes off, as with almost every Cage movie, mostly of late, things become familiarly complicated, nonsensical, and, oh yes, embarrassing and intermittently funny. Cage fans not to be disappointed; he may even exceed your expectations (not that the bar has been set very high). Expand
  7. Mar 18, 2012
    0
    This film is bad, laughably bad. I was actually entertained at just how ludicrous and poorly done this potboiler is. This is the kind of film that flashes back to five minutes ago to show what the hero is thinking. It has so little faith in the audience to figure out that maybe, just maybe, the hero is thinking about his wife's attack that it flashes back not once, not twice, but three different times. This film stands in resolute, unwavering defiance in the face of credibility, without seeming to know it. I couldn't recommend it more if you want to watch something really, really terrible. Full review on my blog. Expand

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