Seeking Justice (2011)

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Released 24-Oct-2012

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action None
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2011
Running Time 100:26
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Roger Donaldson
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Nicolas Cage
January Jones
Guy Pearce
Harold Perrineau
Jennifer Carpenter
IronE Singleton
Case ?
RPI $39.95 Music J. Peter Robinson


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Nicolas Cage has been remarkably busy lately, seemingly in every second film that gets released from Hollywood. The results of all this work have been somewhat variable and this particular film was panned by critics and took less than $500,000 at the US Box Office. So, is it really terrible? No, it is actually not a bad little thriller. Sure it is nothing too special but it is perfectly serviceable entertainment and provides thrills, suspense and action in equal measure.

     Will Gerard (Cage) is an English teacher in New Orleans, teaching in a predominantly black neighbourhood. He lives with his wife, Laura (January Jones) who is a classical cellist. One evening on her way home from rehearsal, Laura is attacked and raped. She ends up in hospital after the attack and the beating she sustained. As Will waits in the hospital, he is approached by a man who calls himself Simon (Guy Pearce) who offers Will a deal. The organisation Simon represents will make sure the rapist gets 'taken care of' if Will agrees to do a favour for them in the future. In his emotionally heightened state Will agrees to the deal and before long photos of the dead rapist are given to him along with a necklace his wife was wearing during the attack. Will and Laura try to return to their normal life, however six months later Will gets contacted by Simon who asks him to push a child pornographer off a bridge. Will he do it? Will Simon leave him alone if he doesn't? Who is really behind Simon's activities?

     Australian director, Roger Donaldson, helmed this well put together thriller, which although it requires a fair bit of suspension of disbelief does provide some good entertainment. The basic plot idea is quite interesting and I haven't seen a film with a similar idea behind it. The story is a bit farfetched at times but this is fictional entertainment rather than a documentary. There are certainly lots of twists and turns and you are never sure who Will can or should trust. The acting is quite good with Cage seeming to be more engaged with this role than some of his other recent ones. Interestingly, this film was produced by Tobey Maguire.

     Worth a look for thriller fans.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is very good.

     The feature is presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.

     The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout. Some dark scenes were a little murky at times.

     The colour is very good with no issues to report. It seemed like some scenes had been given a silver/steely colour wash.

     There was some minor aliasing and motion blur here and there but it was never too distracting.

     There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired which were clear and easy to read. I did notice one spelling mistake.

     The layer change is quite obvious, causing a pause and music drop out.

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Audio

     The audio quality is very good.

     This disc contains an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1 plus a Descriptive Audio track in Dolby Digital 2.0. This is a good soundtrack without being really outstanding.

     Dialogue was mostly easy to understand although the subtitles proved useful.

     The music did its job, adding to the tension and suspense.

     The surround speakers were used throughout for immersive atmosphere but didn't really provide too much in the way of directional effects.

     The subwoofer was used to support the music and action.

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Extras

    No extras.

Menu

    The menu featured music and motion.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 1 release is the same except that it includes a featurette.

Summary

    A much better than you might expect action thriller.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The extras were killed off by a Vigilante cult.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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