Set in a recovered, post-Katrina New Orleans, the film centres around Will Gerard (Nicholas Cage), a popular high-school English teacher who lives a content life with his musician wife, Laura (January Jones, “Mad Men”). Returning home from rehearsal one evening, Laura is violently assaulted and left traumatised.
On the night of the attack, a distraught Will is approached in the hospital by a well-dressed stranger called Simon (Guy Pearce, “The Road”).
Simon represents an organisation that seeks “true justice” on behalf of the people of New Orleans.
He offers Will a proposition; he will give immediate justice to Laura’s attacker and spare the couple from the upset of a long and exhausting court trial if Will returns a favour to the organisation. Will agrees, but soon learns that justice comes at a price.
The vibrancy of New Orleans is ever-present in “Justice”. The excitement of Mardi Gras festivities and marching brass bands appear at several moments in the film; this is a reminder that New Orleans has progressed in moving-on from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The wonderful eccentricity of the city really comes across in this picture.
The film is well shot with on-shoulder cameras and tinted, gray lenses; this is a nice break from the usual look of action movies.
“Justice” is sequenced with flashbacks, sweeping car chases and well-married shots that really grip the audience’s attention.
The main plotline is a tired Hollywood idea, but with a newer look under Roger Donaldson’s direction.
“Justice” doesn’t display any significant artistic merit, but it certainly keeps the audience guessing and entertained.
“Justice” is released in cinemas November 18th.