John Doe: Vigilante (2014)

Director Kelly Dolen’s thriller
John Doe: Vigilante brings a story of man who takes the law into his own hands to deliver justice to people who are victims of a delayed or feeble justice system. When an ordinary man decides to go against the law in a civilised society, he certainly has to bear criticism for his acts, but on the other hand he might even gain support from likeminded people.

John Doe: Vigilante starts with this interesting plot when an ordinary man named John Doe (played by Jamie Bamber) starts killing people one after another in his mission to bring the perpetrators into question for their misdeeds. Frustrated with a failing legal system that continues to allow violent criminals go scot-free, John Doe begins a parallel justice system. By killing criminals he not only asks everyone to stand for others but also inspires a group of copycat vigilantes who starts doing the same in the name of John Doe.

The name John Doe attracts much media attention, but who is the real John Doe – a pillar of justice or a cold-blooded murderer? Somehow, in its attempt to answer the question and probably in presenting a moral stand on this real issue, which is pretty much relevant in all over the world, the film failed to impress with a clear thought.

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However, the film – at least to my understanding – leaves a point to ponder on how long our justice system can drag itself with numerous loopholes that ultimately allow criminals to go free thereby provoking a John Doe: Vigilante like situation. Nevertheless, Jamie Bamber as the principal character of the film has a done an excellent job and it’s wonderful to see his acting skills while portraying different shades: from a determined killer, to a more concerned citizen and then to an emotional family man.

Film: John Doe: Vigilante (2014)
Genre: Crime/Thriller
Jamie Bamber, Lachy Hulme, Gary Abrahams, Sam Parsonson, Brendan Clearkin, Daniel Lissing, Paul O’Brien

Directed by: Kelly Dolen

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