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Genre: Thriller/Crime
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Bruce McGill, Colm Meaney, Leslie Bibb, Michael Irby, Regina Hall
Director: F. Gary Gray
Rating: NC-16 (Some Violence And Coarse Language)
Year Made: 2009






Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Letterbox
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 44 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: InnoF
orm Media




Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) is an upstanding family man whose wife and daughter are brutally murdered during a home invasion. When the killers are caught, Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), a hotshot Philadelphia prosecutor, is assigned to the case. Nick offers one of the suspects a light sentence in exchange for testifying against his accomplice. Fast forward ten years. The man who got away with murder is found dead and Clyde Shelton coolly admits his guilt. Then he issues a warning to Nick: Either fix the flawed justice system that failed his family, or key players in the trial will die.


From the trailer, Law Abiding Citizen looked like it was going to be one exciting one up showmanship between Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. For most parts of the movie, the turn of events were gripping and engaging. Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) just witnessed the brutal slaying of his family and couldn't get closure as the guilty one was left off the hook due to the flawed justice system. Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx) is the prosecutor who made a deal with the guilty to close the case. For Clyde, it wasn't justice and if it happened to any other ordinary guys, he would probably accept it as his fate.

But it turned out that Clyde Shelton wasn't your ordinary guy. He is a guy who is capable of stuffs that any terrorist would dream off. He is pissed and decided to unleash his brand of justice against the murderer and all those who were involved with flawed justice system, especially Nick Rice.

What made it more impressive was that Clyde surrendered and 'admitted' to his crimes early on in the movie and yet all those involved, including Nick are getting their 'comeuppance' while Clyde was being held captive in a prison.

It was fun and entertaining until the movie let the secret out of the bag. The statements and issues that the movie had been establishing required some balls to close out and Law Abiding Citizen abide in your usual Hollywood blockbusters formula to give us a safe and generally accepted endings. The secret to Clyde's mayhem was so dull and contradictory to what had been established in his character that it's really hard to feel surprised or satisfied at the closure. What made it worse was that it doesn't seems that Nick Rice had learned any lesson in this whole mess that he had inadvertently 'helped' created.

The unsatisfactory of revelation at the end soon inspired outside the box thinking and it brought up numerous loopholes and incoherency that this film is filled with.

For examples, If Clyde was such a great tactician that the movie made him out to be, why didn't he safeguard his secrets in ways that he would be aware if anyone discovered it or at least lay some deadly traps. It made one starts to question Clyde's action to correct the flawed system. It was fun to see those who were directly involved with trial getting their comeuppance but once the innocents were getting hurt along the way, it started to make Clyde a horrible terrorist instead and it was hard to standby his actions.

Bottom line is that Law Abiding Citizen had a good start but started to falter at it's revelation. The weak twist in the end was just not satisfying for the intense build up. It even makes one ponder and question about the characters' motive and coherency of the movie which inadvertently bring out more loopholes and issues of this movie's failing.




Since Law Abiding Citizen mainly contains intense dialogues between the two stars, the audio aspect is adequately produced by this disc. There's also no visual problems noticed while playback on a TV.



Review by Richard Lim Jr

Posted on 13 April 2010


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