I was super excited to see Law Abiding Citizen. I was really disappointed. It was way too far-fetched and over-the-top, that’s my main criticism. The film could have been made a lot smarter so that it wasn’t so exaggerated.
The movie is about Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler), a regular man whose wife and daughter are murdered. The entire movie is spent by Shelton getting his revenge on everyone that had even the smallest part in this. Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx) is the prosecutor who helps bring down Shelton and all his revenge-killing. One of the things that irked me the most about this movie was that Foxx’s character took on the role of detective even though he was just a lawyer. That’s unrealistic because lawyers don’t do that. Also all of the killing scenes were way too big for my liking, but some people love it.
The acting was good in the movie. Butler is pretty much good in all he does, and smoking hot while doing it, hence the picture. He did a great job showing the pain a widowed man feels. But his justice-seeking killing spree wasn’t justified after a while. Killing people just to make a point isn’t the best route. I’m starting to really like Foxx, he’s consistently been in a really good movie roles (Collateral, Ray, The Soloist). F. Gary Gray directed the film, I only know him otherwise from Be Cool. Leslie Bibb had a small role in the movie. Despite the role being minimal she did a great job. Regina Hall, who you’ll recognize as Brenda from Scary Movie plays Foxx’s wife and did a very good job. It’s funny to see her in a serious role since all I know her as is Brenda.