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Directed by F. Gary Gray, Law Abiding Citizen is starred by Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. This drama/thriller movie is set in Philadelphia, in the present days.

The movie started with the murder of Clyde Shelton’s (Gerard Butler) family. As the prosecutor, Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx) had to make a deal with one of the murderers so that he would make a confession. Rice did it because he would rather have one punished than have both get away. However, Shelton did not see justice in that because only one of the murderers got the death penalty, while the other one got only a short period stay in prison. The thrill started there, when Shelton was attempting to teach the “real” justice to the law system.

There is a combination of chainsaw, bullets and explosives. The idea of good husband/father gone bad is not new in Hollywood, like recently, we have The Last House on the Left. However, Law Abiding Citizen has a greater scope because the vengeance was not targeted only to the murderers but to all people involved in the law system, in Philadelphia. One example, was the murder of the lawyer that was once defending the murderer who killed Shelton’s family.

As far as acting, there’s not much going on with Shelton’s character. He’s just a sad husband/father who did not know any better to overcome the grief. But, Butler did a great job in eliminating the accent, as we all know, he’s pretty good at that. Foxx, on the other hand, seemed to give more fatherly character in the movie. However, he probably seemed to be that way because he’s the good guy. When it comes to the conversation, it is great how the writer, Kurt Wimmer, inserted humor in some of the lines, like when Rice whispered to his working partner, Sarah Lowell (Leslie Bibb), not to f@#% up the project.

Short note on the setting and costumes, the winter setting was great because you can see all the authorities wearing long coats, and expensive-looking blazers for the ladies. I think those kinds of costume add more sense of authority and power.

Overall, the movie is worth to watch. The good thing about this movie is that the writer was able to make it a semi-complicated movie but still gave the viewers answers and did not leave the viewers wondering “what just happened?” Plus, if you like a little splash of blood or explosives here and there, this one offers enough of those. Not too much, not too little.

4 out of 5

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