Distraught after the brutal rape of his wife, English teacher Will Gerard (Nicolas Cage) accepts the offer of Simon (Guy Pearce), a mysterious man who tells him his organization will take care of the rapist in exchange for a simple favor at a later date. Will, clearly more familiar with Shakespeare than the movies, is shocked six months later to learn that Simon wants him to kill a man. Screenwriter Robert Tannen strings together one cliche after another (Simon’s organization turns out to be unbelievably high, wide, and deep; Will magically acquires superhuman resourcefulness; and so on), finally closing the loop with a predictable showdown in an abandoned mall. Cage makes it watchable, but can’t make it worth watching.
Seeking Justice (2011), directed by Roger Donaldson