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Law Abiding Citizen

A movie directed by F. Gary Gray, Starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler.

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3 stars : Many escape justice none escape vengance....

  • Jun 27, 2010
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Picture it you have a beautiful wife a loving and sweet daughter a great job that you love and every night you come home to your family knowing there will be a great dinner waiting for you so you can sit around the table and just share some quality time with the ones you love. It is essentially the American dream; the dream that all want and most get but what if one day that dream was taken away from you? What if some crooks from off the street broke into your home rob you and murdered the ones you love Now say that the police were able to find and capture the men who murdered your family there are about to be prosecuted for the heinous crime they have committed. The Executive A.D.A( Executive Assistant District Attorney) cuts a deal with one of the murders meaning one spends five years in jail and is free while the other is sent to death row. There is one person who shares this horrifying story and that person is Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler). Two thugs looking to loot the place but instead one of them decided to take it a little further and rape and murder both his wife and daughter murdered his family. After one man is un-officially set free by a slick Executive A.D.A. and the other on death row Sheldon plots his revenge against all who have wronged him. The men who destroyed his life and the Justice system that let one of them get away.

 

 

F. Gary Gray and Kurt Wimmer's "Law Abiding Citizen" is one of those films that came out last year  slipped under the radar for me  I had heard things about it albeit nothing good. Most critics and audiences members turned there backs on "Law Abiding Citizen" in favor of worse movies. However, compared to other movies that came out around the same time, as Law Abiding Citizen” this film is one of the better ones "Law Abiding Citizen" is a smart merciless thriller that works its grim, macabre sequence of events on the audience. Like a symphony orchestra works you over with there overpowering music it flows so swiftly and confidently onscreen with the suitably cast and semi-convincing performances from Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. It almost over shadows the massive implausibility’s in the script and plot. What  makes this film so interesting to watch  is not  about the story but what is most intriguing about this film is  how  Clyde Shelton(Gerard Butler) is systematically killing  everyone while amazingly being  locked up in a maximum security prison  throughout the whole film. I is the biggest mystery of this films biggest flaw, it is it biggest flaw because it requires a huge suspension of disbelief requiring you to actually believe you do not know how he is pulling off these elaborate and ingenious murders. However, when it comes down to it  you either accept the implausibility of the films plot or brush it aside as completely  absurd, I choose to embrace its implausibility even when in the end it turned out to be as absurd as it is.

 

 

I did not completely like this film as I said it is highly implausible but also entertaining this film is the kind of film that you like more when you are watching than afterwards. But even if it is very flawed and at sometimes half baked  "Law Abiding Citizen " works better than it should and plays out far better than you could ever expect even if at times it is extremely absurd.

 

 

Jamie Foxx is another actor who is not a favorite of mine  Foxx  in his entire career has only made two films that in my opinion are worthy of being called  his Oscar win for "RAY")2004) and  his performance as Max the cabbie in Michael Mann's "Collateral"(2004) for which he  also received an Oscar nomination. In F. Gary Gray, and Kurt Wimmer's "Law Abiding Citizen" Foxx plays slightly outside his comfort zone portraying Nicolas "Nick" Rice the sort of hero of this films story to Gerard Butler's anti-villain Clyde Shelton. Foxx's performance does not have much range and lacks almost if any, effort at all it is as if he read the script and just decided to go with that not even trying for one instance to push the envelope and make his performance somewhat more believable than what it is. I will   give him the benefit of the doubt for at least attempting to try his hardest although he could have done so much better. Gerard Butler is perfectly suited to play the role of the cool and calculating villain he has the right look for it and the style to play this kind of not so complicated role. Utilizing only the most basic elements from the direction fro Gray to Kurt Wimmer's script Butler is able to build a capable and vicious anti-villain when he is surround by the sometimes mediocrity of the plot and  pure absurdity of the premise. Butler is not the perfect choice for a role like this but he certainly proves he is a very capable one; he is able to help the audience ease there way into this film even when sometimes the acts defy the logic and in the end comes out clean as a whistle. The rest of the cast including Bruce McGill, Colm Meany, Regina King,  Gregory Itzin, Michael Irby,  Viola Davis and Leslie Bibb  all turn in strong supporting performances in a film that could have been so much better than what it is.  

 

 

This film will not become a classic and it sure as hell does not have the makings to become a cult classic what it does posses is a certain charm and sense of dread that works the audiences over enough to come out as a convincing and gripping revenge thriller. However  due to  a mild script  and mediocre direction "Law Abiding Citizen" is left  in the average area of films instead of resting in the more well deserved  good area however, then again considering the ideas imposed in this film average suites this film perfectly. 

3 stars : Many escape justice none escape vengance....

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June 28, 2010
This is the kind of movie that starts out strong and then the 2nd half just couldn't follow through. Nice review, we rated this one the same.
June 30, 2010
I agree this film started out strong then flew off the rails in the last act of the film. And thank you.
 
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review by . February 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
   We’ve all seen movies about the simple family man who has lost everything to misfortune made worst by a system that ultimately also fails him. “LAW-ABIDING CITIZEN” is one such exercise that goes into the theme of a wronged man who exacts vengeance and seeks justice for his family’s killers.      Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) is a family man who had just witnessed his wife and his only daughter get brutally abused and murdered. When hotshot prosecutor …
review by . September 21, 2010
Don't make this man angry
I recently had the pleasure of watching this film.      The story is dramatic and well told.      Gerard Butler portrays Clyde Shelton who is playing with his little daughter at the start of the movie. Someone comes to the door and Shelton opens the door, unaware of the danger that awaits.      Shelton opens the door, smiling in anticipation of a friendly visit, only to be smashed on the head with what appears to be a bat and then he is …
review by . November 01, 2009
Taking INJUSTICE into his own hands.
It's always a terrific pleasure to go into a movie with low or even no expectations and come out of it feeling pleasantly surprised. Such was my experience with Law Abiding Citizen. The trailer seemed good enough to lure me into the theater seats, but despite an intriguing plot and compelling marketing, I pretty much gambled on this one being a typical legal-esque thriller.      Turns out I was wrong.      This isn't a mrere good-guy-lawyer-trying-to-catch-the-bad-guy-cr …
Quick Tip by . June 27, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Has a well thought out story but the premise is overused and the dialogue and acting fall flat when they are needed to hold up this bloody revenge thriller. But all in all "Law Abiding Citizen" works despite the fact.
review by . February 26, 2010
I wasn't sure what I was going to get going into this movie. I can recall this film, "Law Abiding Citizen" being in the theaters for like five seconds. This could either be a good thing or bad thing nowadays. Nevertheless after watching this movie, I feel that this movie had potential but seemed to miss the mark.    The premise is somewhat simple. Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) is attacked and witnessed both his wife and daughter's murder. After the two men who committed this …
review by . February 22, 2010
All the internet chattering aside, LAW ABIDING CITIZEN is just what it sets out to be - a thriller that keeps the viewer involved in the mind games of a passionate man right up to the end (uh, well almost - except for the needlessly sugary revolting Hallmarky last few frames meant to clean up the mess the movie suggests...)    Kurt Wimmer wrote this 'taking justice into our own hands' story with a good deal of imagination and gadgetry and F. Gary Gary keeps the momentum of the …
review by . February 14, 2010
Butler does what all of us would want to do if someone were to come and kill our closest loved ones, he gets revenge and gets away with it! His character is smart, rich, connected and worst of all, patient. I loved watching him work the system to his benefit and getting back at those who ruined his life, we were definitly rooting for him! This film is brilliant as it shows very elaborate thought out plans that he excutes brilliantly to finish off his enemies. A must see!
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In LAW ABIDING CITIZEN, a prisoner's incredible reign over the city outside his cell is interrupted by an assistant district attorney. Gerard Butler (300) stars.

Law Abiding Citizen is a 2009 thriller film directed by F. Gary Gray from a screenplay written by Kurt Wimmer, and starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. The film takes place in Philadelphia and tells the story of a man who decides to exact justice on his family's killers, as well as the criminal justice system.

Cast
 
Jamie Foxx as Nick Rice
Gerard Butler as Clyde Shelton
Viola Davis as the Mayor of Philadelphia
Bruce McGill as Jonas Cantrell
Leslie Bibb as Sarah Lowell
Colm Meaney as Detective Dunnigan
Regina Hall as Kelly Rice
Michael Kelly as CIA Operative Bray
Michael Irby as Detective Garza
Roger Bart as Brian Bringham
Christian Stolte as Clarence J. Darby
Josh Stewart as Rupert Ames
Cast
 
Jamie Foxx as Nick Rice
Gerard Butler as Clyde Shelton
Viola Davis as the Mayor of Philadelphia
Bruce McGill as Jonas Cantrell
Leslie Bibb as Sarah Lowell
Colm Meaney as Detective Dunnigan
Regina Hall as Kelly Rice
Michael Kelly as CIA Operative Bray
Michael Irby as Detective Garza
Roger Bart as Brian Bringham
Christian Stolte as Clarence J. Darby
Josh Stewart as Rupert Ames
Cast
 
Jamie Foxx as Nick Rice
Gerard Butler as Clyde Shelton
Viola Davis as the Mayor of Philadelphia
Bruce McGill as Jonas Cantrell
Leslie Bibb as Sarah Lowell
Colm Meaney as Detective ...
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Director: F. Gary Gray
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: February 16, 2010
Runtime: 1hr 49min
Studio: Overture Films, Anchor Bay Entertainment
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