December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

March 21, 2013

Seeking Justice (2011)

When it's over, Seeking Justice is Death Wish (1974) with a conscience. Nicholas Cage stars as Will Gerard, a man set on vengeance when his wife (January Jones) is assaulted.Will enlists the help of Simon (Guy Pierce), a member of a vigilante group, to kill the offender.In return, Will is required to perform certain favors.What begins as a decision made out of anger and pain turns into a fight for his life as one double-cross leads to another. There are two aspects going for this film - a good cast and a straightforward story that moves quickly without confusing the viewer. Cage surprises me with a solid performance, leading me to believe he still has what it takes to keep the audience engaged.  Jones is believable as the paranoid wife, and Pierce continues to earn an "A" in his choice of "baddie" roles. I like how the film tackles the issues of vigilante justice and the consequences of taking the law into one's own hands without getting philosophical. After all, the film is an action thriller, not an Oscar contender. The story flows nicely with just the right amount of drama and action.  It does not lag or stagnate, but pushes forward at an escalating pace. 

My rating: 3.5 out of 5

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