Nicolas Cage in: Seeking Justice

Seeking Justice

Released in 2011 ▪ Review posted February 9, 2014

“In sooth, I know not why I am so sad:

It wearies me; you say it wearies you;

But how I caught it, found it, or came by it,

What stuff ’tis made of, whereof it is born,

I am to learn.”

William Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice)

January Jones is lucky she’s so pretty, because she cannot act. I don’t have anything to follow that but wanted to get it out there.

Roger Ebert’s review of Seeking Justice was meandering but fair to Nic. I agree with much of what he said, but I’m not as enamored with Cage’s performance as he is. Ebert feels Cage is saving a sinking ship. I think this is another example of Cage paying partial attention to something he’s only kind of interested in. As a result, Seeking Justice is nothing more than a mediocre popcorn movie.

When Cage summons all his strength and explodes forward on screen, he can break free of the harnesses of bad scripts and low budgets, and drag a movie past its faults and into something watchable. You can tell when Nic is really into a movie. There’s a grounded playfulness to his eyes that is fully absent in Seeking Justice. He has moments of motivation, but mostly seems as confused by the script as I was.

It’s too bad Nic lets this happen. If he wants to slow down, he should be allowed to slow down. Take a break and don’t make a movie for a while. Don’t keep on phoning in some performances and not others. It’s as inexcusable as Jimmy Fallon laughing through his SNL skits.

As a whole, Seeking Justice is a weak, forgettable revenge fantasy. There isn’t much more to say about it. It’s a cinematic sleepwalker.

It is weird that Seeking Justice is set in New Orleans. Off my head this makes four Nicolas Cage movies (Seeking Justice, Zandalee, Stolen, and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans) that are set in the Big Easy. Maybe, since Cage owned a home there, he just wanted to film as close to his front door as possible? I tried to research this trend but stopped when I found out about this.

This project wears heavy upon my crown.

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