Disturbing movie about (missing) justice
I did not expect much of this movie but I am glad to have watched it,since it combines good acting with some issues which are crucial andproblematic in terms of "state founded on the rule of law".
Richard Gere is very good in this one; as somebody said before, hemanages to be neither good-looking nor charming in order to depict aconvincing character. His character is confronted with the issue of thesociety failing to punish sexual offenders and murderers for anyreasons - and, as a result, starts executing self-justice on them. Itis a very important and disturbing moral question whether one issupposed to follow the official rules and respect the human rights ofcriminals or to follow his own sense of justice and of moral valueswhich are neglected by police and the courts. The movie does notprovide a definite answer to this question; instead, it simply showshow the matters of justice can ruin a human's existence, but it alsoshows that the rights of victims are often neglected in order topreserve the rights of offenders and that there is not always a chanceof "recreating" criminals to decent people - and lets the spectatorcontemplate on these issues. Since the movie is loosely based on suchcases of serial murders as Frederick & Rosemary West or Paul Bernardno& Karla Homolka, is has a very realistic component about it.
I did not particularly like Claire Danes in this one, but I never do.She is a mediocre actress without charm or even a pretty face, so hercharacter is not convincing in this movie. But this is a problem ofmiscasting and not of bad directing or script.