As many readers would know I'm a pretty big Arnold Schwarzenegger fan, but you may be less aware that I also quite the fan of Nic Cage - I guess that comes with being an action/sci-fi fan. While it's been a few lean years in terms of quality films, with Kick-Ass probably the pick since National Treasure 2 in 2007, Nicolas Cage has still released 13 films during that time. A couple of days ago I received Seeking Justice from Village Roadshow for review, and with supporting cast including Guy Pearce (Prometheus and L.A. Confidential), January Jones (Mad Men TV series and X-Men: First Class) and Harold Perrineau (Lost TV series) it was a film we were keen to check out.
Set in New Orleans an English teacher's life is torn apart when his wife Laura is viciously attacked. Out of the blue a stranger named Simon offers to exact revenge on the attacker in exchange for a favour somewhere in the future. Fast forward six months and Will's life is thrown into turmoil when Simon calls on him to repay the favour which turns out to have deadly consequences, and with and organization that has a reach far larger then could be imagined.
Still, some silly moments like those don't hinder this film too much as the suspense is kept high as Will is thrown into an ever increasingly dangerous game of life and death. Acting across the board is solid - Nic Cage acts as Nic Cage always does - while Guy Pierce plays the rather mysterious Simon, and January Jones (yes, she was actually born in January!) is pretty decent in the role of Will's wife who suffers the attack the sets the entire sequence in motion.
Certainly not letting the disc down is a rather cracking DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track (16-bit/48Khz) which offers clear dialogue, booming effects and surround sound channel use when required - although the film can be quite front heavy during some dialogue driven segments.
Besides the primary English track there is only one other audio option, an Audio Descriptive track in Dolby Digital 2.0 at 640kbps. As with so many other films it's disappointing that the Audio Descriptive track misses out on surround sound, but perhaps more disappointing is that the narration is much louder than the actual in-movie dialogue making it rather annoying listening. Subtitles are limited to a single English Descriptive Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired which are accurate to the dialogue on-screen.
Upon starting the disc you will be presented with a copyright notice, and then trailers for Lockout (1:32) and Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World (2:27).
Sadly there is only a single, brief, extra on this Blu-Ray which is disappointing in this day and age. Sure, the film was a box-office flop (it only took $US12.3 million worldwide on a $US30 million production budget), but is it too hard to ask the director to do a commentary, or get some on-set footage.
Review By: Dave Warner