In recent years, Nicolas Cage has become a rather polarizing figure. More often than not he is the target of jokes regarding overacting and the like. I was one of them not that long ago, but have changed my direction and now I have a growing affection for his peculiar brand of acting. No one does crazy quite like he does. Needless to say, I was actually looking forward to seeing Seeking Justice, hoping for some more crazy Cage antics. Unfortunately, he doesn't go too far off the rails here, this time he leaves that to the movie.
Seeking Justice is a movie that seems to hope you are paying attention to Cage, hoping for his trademark overacting, and not paying terribly close attention to the details of the plot. The thing of it is, if you try to it together the pieces and the motivations the entire exercise falls apart and you will be left with a headache and many more questions than you had been expecting to have.
Nicolas Cage is Will Gerard, a mild mannered high school English teacher in a New Orleans public school. He is married to Laura (January Jones), a concert cellist. One night following practice, Laura is attacked and raped. While stewing in the waiting room, Will is approached by a well dressed individual named Simon (Guy Pearce). Simon comes with an offer.
Simon comes to Will with the knowledge that he knows who Laura's attacker is and where he is. The deal is this: you say the word and the thug will be taken care of in exchange for a favor down the road, perhaps mailing a letter or breaking a security camera. Why not just turn him over to the police? Well, there is an undercurrent that New Orleans is falling apart and the law is unreliable. This also begs the question: how does Simon know all of this? Was there some sort of premeditation to manipulate Will into agreeing to this course of action? I'm sure you can rink of a few others.