Law Abiding Citizen

Law Abiding Citizen

In Theatres: 
Oct 16, 2009
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 48 Minutes

Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx face off in this psychological thriller about a man who has lost everything, seeking justice for the death of his wife and daughter.

Clyde Shelton (Butler) was living a happy and successful life when everything was turned upside down one fateful night. After a home invasion, he is left with a dead wife and daughter and his only closure is seeing the men who did this rot in prison. Unfortunately, a corrupt D.A. Nick Rice (Foxx) makes a deal with one of the criminals who gets off scot free. This does not set well for Clyde who soon takes matters into his own hands.

Butler no doubt is a man of action, and there is plenty of that in this film. Explosions, a gruesome torture scene, and an inmates ‘last meal,’ are just a few of the bloody messes you’ll witness. That being said, it definitely deserves its R-rating.

What makes this film different is that it’s a thinker. Butler’s character is not your ordinary man. He’s actually a retired elite spy who is a master of engineering weapons and explosives. Despite being captured and locked up in solitary confinement, he still manages to cause chaos and destruction around the city, yet nobody knows how. You’re left wondering this right up until the end of the film.

Another thing is that you don’t know exactly what’s going to happen. At different times in the film, you want to side with both Butler and Foxx. Both equally share in there good and evil moments so there is no clear good guy/bad guy of the film, making anything possible.

Unfortunately, because the characters are so developed throughout the film, the ending doesn’t fit the way Butler and Foxx portrayed them in the hour and a half leading up to it. Without spoiling anything, it just doesn’t seem like that’s how things would end, given how each person operates.

If you’re a fan of either Gerard Butler or Jamie Foxx, then Law Abiding Citizen is the film to see. It’s got action, suspense, and is an intense ride that will have you guess at what will happen next.    

Matt Rodriguez
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