In “John Doe: Vigilante,” which opened Friday, March 21, Jamie Bamber plays an ordinary man who fights violence the only way that he knows how - by killing one criminal at a time. Is he a hero or a villain? Are his actions justice or vengeance? You decide.
Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment” and Phoenix Movie Examiner's full interview with Bamber by clicking on the image above this article. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which the actor discusses what he hopes that audiences take away from watching “John Doe: Vigilante.” And do not forget to enter the “15 to Life Sweepstakes,” in which you can win a 15-year online subscription to Netflix.
“I was shocked when I read the script. It seemed, for a bit there, to be a call to arms for individuals to sort of stand up and say that they've had enough and take the law into their own hands to some degree. I think that it taps into quite a popular and broad feeling that maybe our courts aren't being as efficient as they could. But it is a much more problematic film than that and, as it unravels, I think that it challenges everyone to really think about victims, about aggressors in society and how we solve those problems.
“It is also very much about how the media covers instances like this. We have had several instances, in the US in this last year, of people taking responsibility for their own safety and the safety of their neighbors. It is controversial and I think that it will get everybody to think but it is also a very good thriller as well. There are a couple of great twists in there so hopefully it will entertain as well as challenge.
“But it has been a difficult film to sell because of that. You don't come out whistling songs. You don't come out punching the air. You come out challenged. You have had to think about what maybe is the opposite political view or social view and you have had to sort of understand a bit more about how other people think who maybe don't agree with you. I think that in the end it is a mature film - one that hopefully won't be too controversial - and I think that people will enjoy it. I think that there is a satisfaction in looking at these issues.” - Jamie Bamber