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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.

Director:

Kelly Dolen

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Doe See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

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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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Nice crossing of DEATH WISH and V for Vendetta
12 February 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Movies with a message are by their nature problematic.

David Schwimmer for example did a film about teenage girls and the internet. It was more message than movie and for that reason it may well be already lost to time.

On the other hand Paddy Chayefsky's NETWORK was both a message and a film opus. Fantastic movie and it will live forever on the "top 10" lists of viewers all over the globe.

This Aussie effort, featuring a FANTASTIC performance by Bamber, who, to dig out the old cliché, does silent dialog using only his eyes, gives you a nice slow start and then builds and builds and builds.

The best thing about it is that it keeps the viewer off-balance right to the end, achieved by some of the best editing of "flashbacks" I have seen since the days of Sergio Leone.

There is a particular scene at the 1:19 mark involving a small child who "thanks" Bamber that is likely the highlight. True to form, not even this scene ends the way we might expect.

Recommended.


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