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November 29, 2012
Seeking Justice Blu-Ray Review
Cinema Release Blu-Ray Release Distributor Director
16/3/2012 (USA)24/10/2012Village RoadshowRoger Donaldson
Video Codec Sound Format OFLC Rating Star(s)
AVC MPEG-4DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1MA15+Nicolas Cage

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Nicolas Cage in Seeking Justice.

As many readers would know I'm a pretty big Arnold Schwarzenegger fan, but you may be less aware that I also quite the fan of Nic Cage - I guess that comes with being an action/sci-fi fan. While it's been a few lean years in terms of quality films, with Kick-Ass probably the pick since National Treasure 2 in 2007, Nicolas Cage has still released 13 films during that time. A couple of days ago I received Seeking Justice from Village Roadshow for review, and with supporting cast including Guy Pearce (Prometheus and L.A. Confidential), January Jones (Mad Men TV series and X-Men: First Class) and Harold Perrineau (Lost TV series) it was a film we were keen to check out.

Set in New Orleans an English teacher's life is torn apart when his wife Laura is viciously attacked. Out of the blue a stranger named Simon offers to exact revenge on the attacker in exchange for a favour somewhere in the future. Fast forward six months and Will's life is thrown into turmoil when Simon calls on him to repay the favour which turns out to have deadly consequences, and with and organization that has a reach far larger then could be imagined.

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January Jones learning how to shoot.
Directed by Roger Donaldson (The World's Fastest Indian, Thirteen Days, and The Bank Job), Seeking Justice is a mixture of drama and action, and for the most part the film keeps ticking along at a decent pace during the 105 minute runtime. There are, however, moments which seem a bit strange not least of which is when Will needs to purchase 2 candy bars to set the chain of events in motion. Nope, one is not enough, two is needed. But why? Someone is obviously watching him buy the bar, but why two? Might as well have just had him put a rock on his head and be done with it.

Still, some silly moments like those don't hinder this film too much as the suspense is kept high as Will is thrown into an ever increasingly dangerous game of life and death. Acting across the board is solid - Nic Cage acts as Nic Cage always does - while Guy Pierce plays the rather mysterious Simon, and January Jones (yes, she was actually born in January!) is pretty decent in the role of Will's wife who suffers the attack the sets the entire sequence in motion.

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Guy Pierce as Simon and Nic Cage as Will in Seeking Justice.
Despite some flaws, Seeking Justice was a film we very much enjoyed. Sure, if you're not a Nic Cage fan then this film won't change your mind about him as an actor (but then again you're probably not reading this anyway), but fans of the Nic or even the action genre should enjoy this film.

The Blu-Ray format is now mature enough that it's rare to find a disappointing transfer - and there's no point looking here either as the AVC MPEG-4 encoded video impresses with it's clarity and fine detail even on the BD25 disc. While the film lacks the "pop" some might expect from a big-budget Hollywood film, this retains a natural look with a natural skin tones and lighting throughout. With a bit rate that often hovers around the 30Mbps mark on our PS3 the transfer is given plenty of room to breathe and fine detail remains evident throughout while darker scenes are also handled quite well.

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Seeking Justice looks great on Blu-Ray.
Certainly not letting the disc down is a rather cracking DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track (16-bit/48Khz) which offers clear dialogue, booming effects and surround sound channel use when required - although the film can be quite front heavy during some dialogue driven segments.

Besides the primary English track there is only one other audio option, an Audio Descriptive track in Dolby Digital 2.0 at 640kbps. As with so many other films it's disappointing that the Audio Descriptive track misses out on surround sound, but perhaps more disappointing is that the narration is much louder than the actual in-movie dialogue making it rather annoying listening. Subtitles are limited to a single English Descriptive Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired which are accurate to the dialogue on-screen.

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Nic Cage's latest film, Seeking Justice, is out now on Blu-Ray (and DVD).
Upon starting the disc you will be presented with a copyright notice, and then trailers for Lockout (1:32) and Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World (2:27).

Sadly there is only a single, brief, extra on this Blu-Ray which is disappointing in this day and age. Sure, the film was a box-office flop (it only took $US12.3 million worldwide on a $US30 million production budget), but is it too hard to ask the director to do a commentary, or get some on-set footage.

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Harold Perrineau in Seeking Justice.
Behind The Scenes (6:50/HD): As expected for a piece that runs under 7 minutes this is more of an advertisement for the film then any in-depth look. A few interesting moments, particularly on-set footage and interviews, but little substance overall.

Seeking Justice is a surprisingly entertaining movie. Sure, you need to take a leap of faith to believe some things, and admittedly it's not anything we haven't seen before (then again, what about almost every love story you ever see?), but it has a solid cast and some entertaining moments. With a decent audio-visual transfer on Blu-Ray this is one to check out.

Review By: Dave Warner


Note: All images in this article are Copyrightę Village Roadshow. They are only indicative of the movie and not sourced from the vastly superior Blu-Ray disc format.