Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

by EHL Movie Reviews

Run Time: 1 hour 49 min
Release Date: November 27 2009
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director: F. Gary Gray
Cast: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Leslie Blibb


Plot Summary

A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family’s killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.

Law Abiding Citizen is the type of film you really do have to take at face value, it’s the type of film that you enjoy, or you just can’t stand. The ridiculousness of the premise of the film makes this what it is, entertainment for the correct audience.

Gerard Bulter plays the revengeful father, and it is easy to see why he has turned this way. The acting wasn’t the best, but he uses the script in a very clever way to come across as this innocent man but there are much darker secrets to him now, a shadow of the father he once was.

When the premise for a film is a ridiculous as this, the structure has to be clear, the film manages to move from each different event in a smooth and easy to follow way, it flows which is much needed to follow Jamie Foxx’s character on his journey to discover the truth. Although the first two acts are solid and fast-paced, this really did fall away in the third act and became very repetitive and predictable.

Due to the main protagonist being revealed pretty early on, this did take away the mystery that could’ve been built into this story-line. This potentially would’ve come across better if you were spending the time guessing rather than waiting for the next big move.

“Law Abiding Citizen” is an entertaining watch for the correct audience (myself), but this film could’ve been better served with a bit more mystery rather than waiting on the next big event to occur.