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John Doe: Vigilante (2014)

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An ordinary man fights violence the only way he knows how - by killing one criminal at a time. Hero or villain? Justice or vengeance? You decide.


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Stephen M. Coates (screenplay), Stephen M. Coates (story) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Bamber ... John Doe
Lachy Hulme ... Ken Rutherford
Gary Abrahams Gary Abrahams ... Sam Foley
Sam Parsonson Sam Parsonson ... Murray Wills
Brendan Clearkin ... Adam McCleish
Brooke Ryan ... Mary Jones
Ditch Davey ... Detective Clint James
Louise Crawford ... Leah
Guy Kable Guy Kable ... Matt
Randall Berger ... Xavier Edwards
Isabella Woodlock Isabella Woodlock ... Sally
Barry Quin ... Dr. Keith Simms
Erin Dewar Erin Dewar ... Becky
Richard Moss ... Bobby
Chris Palframan Chris Palframan ... Jesse Sutton


Some call him a hero. Some call him a villain. He's "John Doe: Vigilante" - an ordinary man who decides to take the law into his own hands. Frustrated with a failing legal system that continues to allow violent criminals to go free, John Doe begins exacting justice the only way he knows how - by killing one criminal at a time. Soon he becomes a media sensation and inspires a group of copycat vigilantes, but who is the real John Doe - a pillar of justice or a cold-blooded murderer? You decide. Written by Main Street Films

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Hero or Villain? Justice or Vengeance? You Decide.


Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content and for language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

21 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Doe See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


John Doe's orange prison jumpsuit number is 8311XHT, a reference to George Lucas' early film "THX 1138". See more »


When stopped by petrol officer, registration plates of John Doe's vehicle change in between scenes. See more »


Sam Foley: A vigilante is simply somebody who violates the law in order to punish a criminal for what they believe is right, for what they believe is justice. So what then do you call a country who sends soldiers to kill people in places like Afghanistan or Iran, Iraq, Korea, Vietnam in the name of what they believe is right, in the name of what they believe is justice. That country is a vigilante - pure and simple.
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Referenced in Running on Empty: Kel Dolen Part 1 (2016) See more »

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Original, compelling, and thought-provoking!
24 April 2015 | by rprince-832-6294See all my reviews

-John Doe: Vigilante (2015) movie review: -John Doe is a masked vigilante who does out on the streets and hunts down serial killers so he can somewhat brutally murder them. Lovely. One of the unique things about this indie film is that you get to hear both sides of the story, one of them from John Doe who has already been caught and arrested, and another from the media and police, which many films dealing with vigilantes focus less on.

-So is this a sort-of superhero film or a crime flick? The film brings the moral issues of taking the law into your own hands and give it to you right out of the gate, leaving it to the audience to decide what side to choose. I like that the film is impartial about it, I really do. And I really liked the film for the most part.

-The character backstory is set up like a superhero film, minus the powers and rule against killing. However the non-linear story helped lay the moral point out in a way that they build on each other from multiple perspectives, which is really good! -The pace was too quick I think. It could have taken longer to wait before just jumping us into it, but it never really got slow.

-The acting was good. Jamie Bamber, Apollo from BSG, stars as John Doe and offers a very deep, compelling performance to a character like this. It has some other actors I didn't know and they did a good job but nobody else really stood out.

-The character of John Doe is a really compelling character because of haw many questions he brings up. The caution he takes is admirable and you can't feel bad for the horrible people he ills, but does it justify killing them? He offers more depth than just that, but I can't say too much. The media characters are pretty interesting, as well as the detectives in charge of the case. There is also a following John Doe develops that take his vigilante thing the wrong way, which is interesting to look at. A certain Batman film did that too if I recall.

-Some of the music seemed low budget, but some other parts sounded really good. So mixed bag here.

-There are some CGI effects in the film that are not great, but to make up for that, the practical effects in the film are impressive. There are a few scenes where I just do not know how they made something look so realistic. I will get back to that in my content section.

-John Doe: Vigilante offers some new elements to an inflated hero/crime genre through unique storytelling elements and some really good moral questions and effects. It did not seem like a super high-budget film at times, but that has cult-classic written all over it. Being a limited release film, I cannot say it is worth seeing in theaters. However John Doe: Vigilante is totally worth checking out! -John Doe: Vigilante holds an R rating, naturally, for some language throughout and some rather violent images and themes. Thus the rally good practical effects. Violence on par with Daredevil and language with the first Punisher. Seems fitting.

-So have you seen John Doe? It probably means you are a serial killer and have not long to live. I would run. Like now.

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