Nic Cage Turns Vigilante
By ENTAction Staff Writer
U.S. Release Date: 1/7/11
In Seeking Justice, Nicolas Cage plays a happily married and peace loving everyman who turns vigilante when he's forced to make a deal with the devil.
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Cage's character in director Roger Donaldson's action piece is Will, a school teacher who never contemplates violence until his wife, played by January Jones, is attacked.
Shortly thereafter, Cage is approached by Simon (Guy Pearce), who offers the opportunity of swift retribution, instead of courtroom justice, against the perp responsible to the massive assault on his wife.
There is, of course, one slight catch. Cage will be called upon to return the favor at some point in the near future.
Cage accepts the deal, not knowing that he's about to find himself on the wrong side of the law and a very shady underground vigilante organization.
Robert Tannen and Yuri Zeltser wrote a story which explores, among other things, swift retribution and justice, while Donaldson says the script raises strong questions about society's role in maintaining a far justice system.
"Nic’s character transforms from someone who thinks violence is never the answer to any problem to becoming a man who embraces it.”
Cage believes the film is a philosophical examination of human nature - something which drew the actor into the project.
"It's why I came on board. I’m hoping we get to the place where we see how Simon is deconstructing Will to expose his caveman roots.”
He doesn’t like guns. But he falls prey to a need for revenge, and it leads him to a place of anger and brutality.”
Like most vigilantes, Simon believes he is doing the right thing by meting out his own form of justice and thereby sparing tax payers the expense of lengthy trials and keeping criminals alive in prison.
Pearce believes that Simon started out as someone who harboured a serious grudge against the system he felt was failing._
"He begins to manipulate the situation to suit himself. I think people are generally malleable, and for some it's harder to find the clarity between right and wrong.”
Studio:: Relativity Media
Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Nicolas Cage, January Jones, Guy Pearce, Harold Perrineau
and Jennifer Carpenter
Screenwriter: Robert Tannen and
Producers: James D. Stern, Ram Bergman and Tobey Maguire
Executive Producers: Ulie Goldstein, Christopher Petzel, Douglas E. Hansen Steve Alexander, Tom Karnowski and Tucker Tooley