(abrnt1) from CABERY, IL
Reviewed on 1/18/2015...
Worth watching just to see Jamie Fox have that smug look knocked off his face. I laughed when Fox tried to do his entire "you will do what I say " thing only to have Butler's character ignore and proceed to destroy him.
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from CHICAGO, IL
Reviewed on 8/8/2012...
An entertaining, but morally questionable exercise in 'thriller'-making catering to a clearly jaded audience. There are lots of interesting ways to kill folks here, especially interesting uses for C4 and saw tools. The problem is that, like a man stricken with some form of gastric disease in a house with only a single roll of toilet paper left, does the protagonist in question crawl up the stairs of his house to reach the bathroom with the roll in it, or just go downstairs. No big deal if you don't mind getting your hands a little dirty and separating your laundry. You never know what will happen, or if you'll blow, however, if you venture upstairs.
In this high-minded piece of trash, the law-abiding citizen Clyde Shelton in question, just happens to be secret assassin trained by Uncle Sugar's NSC. When a pair of vicious killers butcher his family but accidentally let him live, Shelton--played by Gerard Butler, the wooden Scottish answer to Charlton Heston with a weird Transatlantic accent that goes in and out--hustled and lied to by a smug, ruthless and slippery Philadelphia prosecutor, Nick Rice, played by the same naughty-boy, grinning stand-up comedian (Jamie Foxx)as ever, it starts a war. Shelton kills off all the bad guys first, but then goes to work on the bad actors from the DA's office.
I hate reviews which give away the plot, so I won't do it. Suffice to say, Rice wins their battle of wits and actually experiences a moral epiphany once the body count reaches absurd proportions. The problem,however, despite the deft pyrotechnics and superb action scenes which are so well directed by F. Gary Gray, is that the audience gets cheated at the end and the wicked carry away the kudos. Explaining this one to your kids should be an interesting exercise in moral relativism, however, especially considered in the wake of the repeated popularity of vigilante flicks.
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from HENRICO, VA
Reviewed on 4/3/2011...
Good movie, no scratches. Thanks for sending
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from ATHENS, GA
Reviewed on 10/22/2010...
Law Abiding Citizen with Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler is worth watching, as far as psychological thriller, action, conspiracy theory movies go. It's thought provoking in ways that a lot of movies are not: it highlights the grey areas that exist in our justice system and makes the audience think about how complicated the idea of "justice" really is. It has two characters, on the one side Butler, on the other Foxx, who are trying to reach the same end through different goals and with different outlooks. Foxx, as a lawyer of the state, is meant to assume everyone is innocent and to thus treat them as such, and Butler, who sees every one in the justice system as a criminal, and thinks they should be treated as such. Both want the criminals to end up locked away and the freemen to be free, but both have different attitudes about the way they should be handled in the justice system. Complicating them both, however, are some very realistic human flaws: Butler is blind with revenge for a crime that he doesn't believe got justice and Foxx is blinded by the furtherance of his career. Both in the end are shown to be selfish creatures who only want what they want without thinking about the other people being affected. This all works together to create a very complex and interesting plot that leaves the viewer thinking about where they would fall in the spectrum.
With all the good stuff though, comes the bad stuff. The ending was highly disappointing and all the psychological complexity that was developed throughout was kind of thrown out the window with an explosion, and then the movie was over.
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