Saturday, March 6, 2010

Law Abiding Citizen (2009) R - 3½ Stars

I really enjoyed the concept behind this movie. On the verge of giving it a 4 star rating, I just wished I would have cared more about the characters and the ending was different, though I guess that was the way it should have ended. Everyone seemed a little cold except for Sarah Lowell's character. She's the only one I cared for up until the car scene. Foxx and Butler were great, but I never felt real compassion to Foxx's problem with the Law Abiding Citizen. As a matter of fact, I identified more with Butler until his little dinner scene. If the point of this movie is to show how screwed up our judicial system is, murderers getting off on technicalities, then they did a great job. Sometimes the bad guys have more rights than the innocent bystanders like this role reversal and I really did enjoy this action packed film.

Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), is an assistant district attorney with a nearly flawless record of convictions. His client is Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler), who's wife and daughter were murdered by Clarence Darby (Christian Stolte) and his home invader accomplice, Rupert Ames (Josh Stewart). Not only was Nick stabbed himself, he had to watch the faces of the men as the killed. But now here we are in court and Darby is plea bargaining and pinning everything on his partner in order to save his own ass. Nick is forced to take the deal which will see Darby walking in a matter of a few short years. Unacceptable for Clyde, he decides to take matters into his own hands proving how corrupt the judicial system really is.

The Film Department, Momentum Pictures, Overture Films
Director: F. Gary Gray
Writers: Kurt Wimmer, Frank Darabont
Producers: Robert Katz, Allan Siegel, Gerard Butler
I viewed 2/10

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