Since we love Jamie Foxx’ movies, we wanted to see Law Abiding Citizen when it released in theaters last year.
So the other day when we were scrolling through Netflix’ Instant Play recent releases and espied this film we quickly added it to our queue.
Law Abiding Citizen did not meet a good box office response and the majority of critics gave it a thumbs down.
Besides Jamie Foxx, Law Abiding Citizen also features Gerard Butler and Gregory Itzin.
F. Gary Gray (of The Italian Job fame) directed this film.
The movie is 1-hour and 48-minutes long.
We’ll update this post after the film.
Set in Philadelphia (our closest big city), this is a tale of vengeance that goes downhill fairly soon.
Minutes after the movie starts, an young engineer Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) and his wife and daughter are brutally attacked by two vicious thugs. The wife and young daughter die.
To Clyde’s great anger, the prosecutor Nick Rice (Jamies Foxx) cuts a deal with the murderer Clarence Darby and gives him a slap on the wrist to get him to testify against his accomplice Rupert Ames.
Fast forward 10 years. Time for Rupert Ames’ execution.
Moments before the execution, Ames dies.
And soon so do others connected with the old case.
The violence intensifies but the drama goes the other way. By this time, the story is on life support, its internal oxygen supply having run out.
The worst part is the ending. Very flat, despite the seeming twist.
While neither Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx do a bad job, they weren’t stunning either.