Seeking Justice (Blu-ray)

June 21, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Will (Nicolas Cage) is a high school teacher with a quiet, normal life. He is married to Laura (January Jones) and while their lives might not be that exciting, they’re happy with their station. But that happiness is shattered when Laura is attacked and raped, landing her in critical condition from the brutal abuse. As Will waits to find out how his wife is doing, he is approached by a man named Simon (Guy Pearce), who has an unusual proposition. Simon claims to be part of an organization that punishes criminals in severe fashion, the kind of justice the police cannot provide. If Will agrees to do a favor for them down the road, those responsible for Laura’s attack will be taken out. In a state of unchained grief and anger, Will agrees and he soon learns the group isn’t at all what he assumed. As Will finds himself locked in a manic game of cat & mouse with this underground organization, can he survive and protect his wife, or has he traded his life for a false sense of justice?

As he makes about fifty movies a year these days, I wasn’t surprised to learn that Nicolas Cage was in Seeking Justice. I was a little surprised however with his performance, as he seems to actually put forth an effort here. His recent turns usually consist of insane facial expressions and over the top dialogue delivery, but he is quite restrained in this one. I still wasn’t bowled over by his turn, but it was a welcome change of pace. Guy Pearce is rock solid, while January Jones is passable, but doesn’t seem to on the same level as her costars. Seeking Justice winds up as a pretty fun movie, with a solid cast, good tension, and some well crafted action set pieces that are the highlight. The plot is nothing new, but the pacing is good for the most part. So while not a great movie per se, Seeking Justice is a brisk popcorn action flick that would make a good rental choice.

Video: How does it look?

Seeking Justice is presented in 2.35:1 widescreen. This is a great looking visual effort, but it doesn’t quite reach the level of the format’s best transfers. The level of detail is impressive, but isn’t the eye popping kind of depth you find in the best treatments. I detected some softness in a few scenes as well, which is probably due to the shoot conditions. I found colors to be natural and stable, while contrast is good, but a touch inconsistent at times. Despite some minor flaws that creep in, this is a very good visual transfer and fans should be pleased.

Audio: How does it sound?

This Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack is excellent. The movie has plenty of action, chases, and tense scenes that take full advantage of the surrounds, so this is an active, aggressive presentation. The mix isn’t just loud either, as the audio design is creative and highly effective. The dialogue is clear and well placed also, so it is never drowned out. This is a terrific soundtrack that should more than satisfy any audience. This release also includes English and Spanish subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

In addition to a DVD version of the movie, the extras also include a brief behind the scenes piece and the film’s theatrical trailer.

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