Justice (2011) – 6/10 vigilante conspiracy thriller movie review

Cast / crew
Producer: Ram Bergman
Director: Roger Donaldson
Nicolas Cage: Will Gerard
January Jones: Laura Gerard
Harold Perrineau: Jimmy
Jennifer Carpenter: Trudy
Xander Berkeley: Lieutenant Durgan
Guy Pearce: Simon
Producer: Tobey Maguire
Producer: James D. Stern
Writer (Story): Robert Tannen
Writer (Story): Todd Hickey
Writer (Screenplay): Robert Tannen

Justice (2011)

After his wife is brutally raped (though I don’t suppose there’s any other way), teacher Will Gerard receives an offer to have someone kill the rapist now in return for a favour later. When the favour is requested, Will cannot go through with it.

6/10

"You see what Shakespeare’s doing here? He’s using words to create emotion." – Will Gerard

Shame Shakespeare didn’t write this. There isn’t an ounce of emotion throughout the entire journey. This is a generic action conspiracy thriller which also overlooks the genre requirement to thrill; indeed, the most notable thing about the movie is a complete lack of tension. However, it does raise the intriguing ‘what would you do?’ question regarding vigilante justice and it is remarkably unusual to see the wife be actively supportive when hubby tells her what he’s done. Cage is fine – he bulges his eyes early on as a treat for the fans – and director Roger Donaldson ensures it all passes by smoothly but it should have been more than a generous six.

This movie contains sexual swear words and strong violence, gory and unpleasant scenes and sex scene.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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