Friday, February 10, 2012


By D.E.Levine

Nicholas Cage stars in this revenge-based thriller which turns out to be quite good. Cage has made a lot of bad choices in film roles, but this time he's chosen well.

Will Gerard (Cage) is a low-key high school teacher whose cellist wife Laura (January Jones) is assaulted on the way home from rehearsal.

Seething with anger and concern, Gerard is ripe for the plucking when a stranger (Guy Pearce) approaches him and asks whether, in exchange for a future favor, he wants the protagonist dead. Shades of Faust indeed. This age old theme has a new twist.

The rapist is indeed killed by the New Orleans vigilante organization that has approached Gerard. And, in return the favor he's asked for is to kill a total stranger who is labeled an unpunished criminal.

Mild-mannered Gerard doesn't like the idea of killing anyone, much less a stranger, but he's forced by the vigilantes into taking action.

Directed by Roger Donaldson, this thriller is well-paced and believable, even if the theme is a bit old. This is a film that's pure escapism and entertainment with some unexpected twists that heighten the tension.