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Law Abiding Citizen: Movie Review


How many times have we heard people complain about how the justice system is flawed time and time again? Countless! "Law Abiding Citizen" tackles this same issue but now, instead of doing nothing, one person decides t0 seek revenge and put matters in his own hands. This film, we believe, strives to tackle issues on the American justice system while packaging it into an action-packed thriller. Can "Law Abiding Citizen" deliver in this light? Well, read on to find out our final rating.






Clyde Shelton's (Gerard Butler) wife and daughter are raped and murdered in front of him. Due to a loophole in the DNA sample gathered during the investigation, Clyde's lawyer, Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), informs him that they should convict only one of the burglars and let the other one go because he will testify against his partner. If they don't pursue a plea bargain, they might lose the case. Unknown to Nick, the one testifying is actually the one who raped and killed Clyde's family. Ten years later, the released convict is murdered viciously. Nick discovers that Clyde is actually the one who did the killing and tries to get a confession from him as they have no hard evidence to convict Clyde. Soon they discover though that Clyde is not what they thought him to be and does not know what he is capable of doing to all those who have done him wrong.

"Law Abiding Citizen" will make you think - think if justice was really served and think what is actually causing all of the mayhem in the film. For us, that is a good thing because it built a lot of suspense and thrills while watching it. Major shifts in the story did surprise us but the story just became too over-the-top. It seems that the writers tried to be too clever and failed. Instead the film feels like it was pushed too much towards a certain side that at some point, it even seems hilarious already. It did not help that the acting was lackluster for Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx -it looks like both of them are not fit for their characters on the big screen (or they were just plain not into the film). It is good though that their supporting cast fared a lot better than them. In the end, this movie is flawed in big areas but it does not diminish the fact that people will still enjoy this movie.

Rating: 3 reels





Why you should watch it:
- this movie will make you think while watching it - both on the moral issues it tackles and what's actually causing all the mayhem
- suspenseful at times and has lots of surprises that will make you gasp

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- for us, the acting of the two main characters were stale considering that they are big name actors
- the story was just pushing too much towards a certain side making it somewhat hilarious by the end of the movie


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