Tuesday, March 9, 2010

LAW ABIDING CITIZEN

Jaime Foxx, Gerard Butler, Colm Meany, Bruce McGill


"How do you stop a Killer who is already behind bars?"



This film focuses on Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) a man who, ten years after his wife and daughter are brutally murdered, resurfaces to extract justice from the people who allowed the killers to go free. His raw vengeance threatens not only the district attorney, Nick Rice (Jaime Foxx) the man who allowed mercy to supersede justice, but also the system and the city that made it so. The best part is that he does all these acts of violence while he is behind bars!

The main characters are engaged in a battle of wits. Gerard Butler is a man hiding behind a subtle demeanor that masks a knowledge in tactical strategies. While Jaime Foxx portrays a ruthless district attorney who has no qualms making deals with criminals as long as his record as a ball busting prosecutor remained intact. You can't help but dislike both men for a number of different reasons.

The plot was a tad unbelievable. It isn't realistic for a man to be so powerful and adept at wreaking havoc by taking the law into his hands while being incarcerated in jail. Never mind that he was some skilled tactician in the art of psycho warfare in his previous occupation. A fact that is revealed midway and after a whole lot of violent scenes of destruction and mayhem. The story pretty much picked up during the middle part as they play a game of cat and mouse with time running out of their hands. It concluded with some glorifying ending that aims to show that crime doesn't pay.

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