First half = a B-movie story of Saw meets Se7en, second half sucks
- Who's going to like it: fans of gratuitous graphic violence and Gerard Butler’s naked backside
Nothing sets the tone for a movie like an opening scene home invasion where the father is tied up, stabbed and forced to watch his wife raped and killed, followed by his little girl meeting the same fate. That’s my review of the film. If you like/can handle stuff like that, then you’ll enjoy Law Abiding Citizen. If not, then stay home.
Now, please don’t take this as me being lazy and not wanting to write a review for the movie. That’s simply the best way to break it down. There are plenty of other things to talk about, but that’s me quickly breaking it down to the very core. I could talk about:
– how the first half is actually kind of fun because it is what it is and it never apologizes, but then the second half takes itself way too serious.
– how the ending is a cop-out that breaks the moral and message of the film and it’s central characters.
– how Jaime Foxx (Ray) is supposed to play the protagonist, but his character is such a jerk that you root for Gerard Butler (300) the antagonist.
I could do that, but I don’t want to.
Law Abiding Citizen is not worth watching. As you can tell, it’s even less worth talking about. Everyone who sees it for soon forget about it. When it is finally available to own on DVD, it’ll probably go straight into Walmart’s $5 DVD bin. I wouldn’t pay to see Law Abiding Citizen, so neither should you.
(0 1/2 out of 5)