Director: F. Gary Gray
Writers: Kurt Wimmer
Producers: Gerard Butler/Kurt Wimmer/Mark Gill/Lucas Foster/Alan Siegel
Starring: Gerard Butler/Jamie Foxx
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 108 minutes
A brilliant man orchestrates a series of high-profile murders that grip the city of Philadelphia – all from inside his jail cell. The prosecutor assigned to his case realizes he is the only one who can end the reign of terror.
Law Abiding Citizen is great, there’s no denying that. The story is well thought of and brilliantly written and leaves you gripped, watching the battle of wits between Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx was brilliant. The acting was spot on, Gerard Butler played the vengeful Clyde fantastically and Jamie Foxx as Nick was great as well. You could really feel the emotion from Clyde who wasn’t only tormented but was extremely clever and didn’t stop at anything to get the results he wanted. The characters were brilliantly written, the direction was done well and the action scenes were okay but I felt the ending was rushed and lacked in timing and pace, which let the movie down in my opinion. Another thing that let the movie down a little was the amount of blood and violence, I think it could have been toned down a little since the storyline was very good anyway and had you thinking.
I was kind of expecting your usual revenge/thriller movie, which has been done many times before, but Law Abiding Citizen manages to make it its own movie with an intelligent story and very smart characters. I really liked how you were set up to root for the ‘villain’ and not the ‘hero’. Even though, as the movie went on, it started becoming more unrealistic, it was still a very entertaining watch.
A clever, suspenseful, revenge movie which takes thrillers up to the next level. I would have given it a higher score but I felt the movie lacked a proper ending.
Reviewed by Dazz Camponi