Published on November 20th, 2009 | by Rob Cumiskey13
Law Abiding Citizen
I caught the preview of this film thanks to Kate Bowe PR in October. The film stars Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler and is directed by F. Gary Gray (who also directed Be Cool and The Negotiator). The premise is simple enough. A man has his wife and child killed by two men who break into his house and they get away leaving him for dead. Jamie Foxx fights on Butler’s behalf and manages to get the chair for the less guilty of the two criminals, and a few years in prison for the other. Butler is not satisfied with this and decides to take it upon himself to get his own justice for what happened to his family.
The movie poses some very valid debates, makes important points and should have a fair amount of impact on the viewer. In reality, it’s quite a mess. The violence is senseless and borderline comical, the script is dreadfully poor and the movie descends into a poor, unworthy tribute to The Dark Knight. Even the soundtrack attempts in vain to emulate what Christopher Nolan’s epic blockbuster achieved last summer.
It’s such a pity that an Oscar winner like Jamie Foxx can be lowered to delivering such Will Smith lines as ‘Hell No’ in response to life threatening situations (though Foxx did act in Miami Vice…). Butler does his cheeky best, and it’s much more at his level of film. More explosions and manly one liners than actual thought provoking and subtle cinema. The movie hit number two in the States if that means anything?
If I’m to be honest I expected much better and left very unfulfilled and disappointed. Don’t bother!