John Doe: Vigilante (2014)




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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
R (for disturbing violent content and for language)
Mystery & Suspense
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Lachy Hulme
as Ken Rutherford
Pat O'Brien
as Constable Jack Calahan
Jamie Bamber
as John Doe
Brendan Clearkin
as Adam McCleish
Fletcher Humphrys
as Henry Junig
Sam Parsonson
as Murray Whills
Ditch Davey
as Detective Clint James
Gary Abrahams
as Sam Foley
Brooke Ryan
as Mary Jones
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Critic Reviews for John Doe: Vigilante

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

This is supposed to be a thriller, by the way. It's more of a slog, not so much a whodunit as a whydunit-and by the end, it's: Who cares?

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
Top Critic

The fatal flaw of "John Doe" is its focus on ideas, rather than people. The protagonist's victims are so cartoonishly evil they might as well be twirling their mustaches before being shot in the head.

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Great to look at, and with an aftertaste that lingers, what you get out of John Doe: Vigilante will depend solely on the way that you swing with this thorny issue.

Full Review… | October 16, 2014
FILMINK (Australia)

John Doe: Vigilante starts in promising fashion then fizzles. Dolen and writer Stephen M. Coates give Doe a narrow focus: his targets are obvious malefactors, all male, ranging from paedophiles to sadists.

Full Review… | October 15, 2014
The Age (Australia)

Although a bit muddle headed about what tone to adopt and confused about its moral stances, John Doe provides a talking point, if nothing else, about how society should respond to the inefficiencies of a justice system and police effectiveness

Full Review… | October 11, 2014
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for John Doe: Vigilante

John Doe: Vigilante is rife with the sort of problems you typically won't be able to avoid in low budget affairs, but beyond these technical issues, it's hard to fault the film too harshly. John Doe is at the absolute minimum, a thought provoking piece, and arguably a good story is presented as well.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

This film has the possibility of becoming a cult classic. You leave it with a feeling on empowerment.

paul mckim
paul mckim

I loved this movie. Great acting, twisting plot, violence and an unpredictable vigilante. What John Doe says in this film is true. We are all John Does.

gloria beacon
gloria beacon

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