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Law Abiding Citizen
The System Must Pay.
A 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.
While you are reading this review, a man will knock on your door giving you an envelope with a key in it. Tomorrow you will go to a train station and use this key to open the empty locker it belongs to at exactly 13.02, after which you will be bothered by six aggressive mimes and a small monkey. After this, you will go home, call your mother at 14.23 and cry about it. How do I know this? I planned this two years ago.
If you believe this, you'll give this film a five star rating. If not, you'll watch a completely forgettable, though decently made, action film.
I love characters that are just impossibly good at what they do. This guy is just that. Although we don't get to see exactly how, which makes it a little unbelievable.
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I saw this a couple of years ago and wasn't too keen. Late on Sunday night the tv was showing a distinct lack of anything decent to watch so this got another go. And I'm glad I did.
Yes this has problems,a lot of them. The first and most annoying being Gerard Butler's Yankee Doodle Dandy accent. Why couldn't he just have been an immigrant and kept his Scottish twang? The country has enough of them for Christ's sake. I digress. A revenge movie that centers on a dodgy deal that gets done behind close doors when a District Attorney decides to compromise. Letting down the victims and survivors to keep up his batting average is sickening and I did…
¨It's not what you know. It's what you can prove in court.¨
Law Abiding Citizen might not be a movie that will remain in your head for a long time, but it is an entertaining thriller that will have your complete attention for two hours and keep you in suspense. It isn`t one of those memorable movies which will blow your mind with a clever ending, but it is good enough to enjoy and have a good time without taking the movie too seriously. Gary Gray (Friday, The Italian Job, A Man Apart) directed this crime thriller which was written by Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium, The Recruit) and it does have some flaws, but the movie maintains some degree of suspense…
Really entertaining until the complete cop-out ending... Very disappointing.
On a second watch I thought this was a lot better than I originally did. I paid a lot more attention this time around and found myself thinking it was actually quite clever, and this time around I was actually interested in where it would go, even though I remembered the excellent ending.
One of the most thrilling and exciting movies in the last few years. Gerard Butler is a heartbroken (and later psychotic) father and husband who plans his revenge after he lost his wife and a kid in the assault. His revenge is to take on everybody involved in the whole case and some of not involved: murders, lawyers, judge, mayor etc. Jamie Foxx is an annoying lawyer which every viewer wants him to die. This movie didn't get full five stars only because the ending was some kind of a plot hole, but it's ok.
==First Written 2009. I stand by my thoughts here; in fact, I'm probably harsher on re-watch==
I have to admit, I did approach Law Abiding Citizen with some trepidation. Its written by Kurt Wimmer, who many know I'm not the biggest fan of, since his works, whilst having intriguing ideas at their centre, never address the issues they raise properly and are often filled with bad dialogue between numerous gaps in plot and logic. The film's director, F. Gary Gray, has not been seen since the dreadful 2005 sequel Be Cool. And the trailer is terrible. However, the film itself did surprise me by not being totally terrible. And if that seems damning with faint praise, then you'd be right.…
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Entertaining nonsense that's really let down by a ridiculously poor ending, it's the kind of film best watched with the brain set to sleep more
Throwback to that time I accidentally made Jeremiah cry because the "silly action movie" I thought picked ended up having an implied torture scene in the first reel. Good times. As an over-the-top revenge flick, I really enjoyed it, but the ending kinda let me down.
A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free so he targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.
A mad man's revenge thriller is well made and thrilling as long as you go along with the quite outlandish plot.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Justice: the administration of the law or authority in maintaining reason and responsibility. Clyde Shelton, a peaceful engineer, encounters his worst nightmare when 2 burglars enter his home and kill his family. Surviving the attack, he takes the case into court alongside prosecutor Nick Rice. One of the criminals agrees to testify against the other, granting him a much shorter sentence, despite being the actual killer of the victims. This does not sit well with Shelton, but Rice admits that the system works this way, and that winning one is better than possibly losing two. 10 years pass. Shelton is prepared to show the criminals and the justice system who failed him he has not forgiven them. He aims to…
Watched to follow the Philadelphia settings....with some handsome action sequences and nasty gore and an always welcome Jamie Foxx, Law Abiding Citizen is an entertaining watch even as it's totally full of beans. You eventually spend a lot of time laughing at the absurdity of its resolution, and it jumps the shark. And the big reveal even betrays some of the more exciting parts of the original conceit, unfortunately. It's kind of like the opposite of The Shawshank Redemption, for reasons you'll find out. Apparently there's not a lot of security monitoring down in solitary confinement! I'm usually not one to get too upset at a movie for defying reason or logic, if it makes up for it in other…
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