John Doe is one of those movies that somehow got past my normal radar. Jamie Bamber, he of Battlestar Galactica and Law & Order (UK) fame, is the protagonist called John Doe. A man that commits 33 murders to make the point that the law isn’t protecting the innocent.
“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.” ((c) Main Street), is a very succinct way of describing this movie. I personally think that society doesn’t need to go as far as Doe, but I do think that punishment for crimes like those discussed in the movie is woefully inadequate.
I would recommend everyone sees this film. It’s shocking in its content, but not because of the murders. It has a raw truth about it. Society is getting soft. We look away when we should defend and we put up with things that should never be allowed to come to pass in the first case. Prevention is better than the cure was never a truer phrase.
Let me know your thoughts.