Movie – Law Abiding Citizen


Starring: Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Viola Davis, Bruce McGill, Leslie Bibb, Colm Meaney, Regina Hall

Director: F. Gary Gray

Rated R for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language.

General Plot :  frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family’s killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.

Review : Not as bad as the critics make it out to be in my opinion besides what movie is ever without flaws?  I rather liked the idea of a tactical genius forced into taking matters into his own hands when his pleas for justice falls on deaf ears.  Why would he not? When he has lost everything and had even fought for the government , institutions in the past.  He certainly has the skill and the knowledge to carry out his crusade.

Okay so I’ll agree this film is gruesome, gory and at times comes across as an ‘old done over’  exploitation film.  The ending lacks the finesse you would expect of a carefully thought out plot.  Moreover it is even illogical and uncharacteristic of Shelton( Gerard Butler) to carry out what he planned to do in the end. And as for Jamie Foxx, he was clearly a wrong choice for the role he played, but then again this is my personal take. 

That being said, I would still add the DVD to my collection.

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