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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

Revenge Is a Dish Best Served by a Robot

Law Abiding Citizen a blunt and sadistic revenge thriller starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler,  occasionally pauses from the mayhem to stage a solemn debate about law, justice and morality. Mr. Butler, playing a family man whose wife and daughter were murdered by thugs, feels he was let down by the system, which gave one of the thugs a light sentence in exchange for testimony against the other thug, who was sentenced to death. Mr. Foxx, the prosecutor who made that deal, thinks that the system, however imperfect, did its job.

But really, “Law Abiding Citizen” has about as much to say about real-life legal issues as “Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen” had to say about defense policy. And it has less ethical gravity than any three of the Saw  movies. Though it sometimes puts on a serious face, this movie, directed with snarling, snappish style by F. Gary Gray ( The italian Job), wears its preposterousness with a certain pride. It’s about the cat-and-mouse game between two very smart guys, and it’s perfectly happy to be as dumb as it wants.

“Law Abiding Citizen” is rated R. It has a lot of grisly and sometimes imaginative violence and some swearing too.


Opens on Friday nationwide.

Directed by F. Gary Gray; written by Kurt Wimmer; director of photography, Jonathan Sela; edited by Tariq Anwar; production designer, Alex Hajdu; produced by Gerard Butler, Lucas Foster, Alan Siegel, Mark Gill, Mr. Wimmer and Robert Katz; released by Overture Films. Running time: 1 hour 48 minutes.

WITH: Jamie Foxx  (Nick Rice), Gerard Butler (Clyde Shelton), Leslie Bibb (Sarah Lowell), Bruce McGill (Jonas Cantrell), Colm Meaney (Detective Dunnigan), Viola Davis (Mayor April Henry), Michael Irby (Detective Sean Garza), Regina Hall (Kelly Rice) and Gregory Itzin (Warden Iger).

October 26, 2009 - Posted by | Film, movies | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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