Monday, March 15, 2010
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
The plot focuses on a man who, ten years after his wife and daughter are brutally murdered, returns to extract justice from the assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case against their killers. His vengeance threatens not only the man who allowed mercy to supersede justice, but also the system and the city that made it so.
This movie is truly disturbing in its implications and commentary on society. This movie shows how there is a difference between a justice system and a legal system. When justice is forced to take a back seat to legal expedience how can a person place their trust in such a flawed process? Clyde strikes back at those who wronged him: the criminals who take advantage of the imperfect system and the lawyers who enable such abuses. Jamie Foxx does a superb job as the prosecutor who failed him and is trying to stop Clyde's actions. While law and order triumph in the end, it is not before Clyde successfully makes his point and still falls victim to himself.
This is a "good" movie that could have been "really good"...., had they not went the Hollywood ending route. I was hoping for an ending closer along the lines of "Seven"...., that did'nt happen. However, up until the ending, I enjoyed this movie, I was cheering for Clyde (Gerard Butler), take from that what you will.
Seeing as how the movie I watched right before this was the worst possible movie I've ever seen in my life, my vision of this movie might've been skewed a little. I really enjoyed this movie. I haven't seen a movie with Gerard Butler that I didn't like.