Another month, another Nic Cage movie.

If there is one thing you can say about the star it is that he is certainly prolific.

Trouble is, so much of his output over recent years has been pure trash, as anyone who had the misfortune to sit through the embarrassing bilge that was Ghost Rider 2 will testify.

But occasionally Cage can still come up with a movie that proves entertaining and that is the case with Justice. Incredibly silly yes – but entertaining.

Cage plays Will Gerard, a school English teacher, married to Laura (January Jones) and pretty content with life.

All that is thrown into turmoil though when one evening, while Will is playing chess no less, Laura is both raped and left for dead as she returns to her car.

While at the hospital, and in an understandably frazzled state, Will is approached by the shadowy ‘Simon’ (Guy Pearce) who both claims to know the identity of the attacker and offers to ‘take care of him’.

Turns out Pearce is fronting a vigilante group that are eager to restore some form of order toNew Orleans.

Having tentatively agreed to the proposition, suddenly Gerard finds himself entangled in an ever-expanding web of intrigue that includes murder, blackmail and plenty of other assorted badness.

In itself the idea is quite a neat one, and taps into that vein of vigilantism that has been the source of so many movies from the likes of Death Wish through to The Brave One.

After all, as Jones’ character herself admits late on in the movie – “If I was in your position I would have done exactly the same”.

There are certainly some entertaining sequences, including a well-orchestrated chase across a busy highway, proving director Roger Donaldson can still handle this sort of stuff.

And there are a couple of neat twists that while hardly earth-shattering, do keep pushing the story in a different direction.

The major problem though is the simple outlandish nature of the plot, with Simon and his associates seemingly able to pinpoint the identity of any criminal while the police flounder in their wake.

Cage is fine, although you never truly believe his relationship with Jones is legit, while she has very little to do.

Pearce is also perfectly adequate, but does very little to assemble anything close to a memorable villain.

In fact in many ways Justice is the very definition of OK in cinematic terms – I was entertained, certainly not bored, but it is nothing to write home about.

Compared to a lot of Cage’s recent efforts though, that probably comes as a major recommendation.

 

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About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.