Law Abiding Citizen (18)
Dir. F. Gary Gray
Reviewed by Matt Adcock
What would you do if your wife and child were brutalized and murdered in front of you whilst you lay stabbed and potentially dying? This is the hard hitting opening gambit of Law Abiding Citizen – a thought provoking and slick revenge action effort.
So we have nice guy Clyde Shelton (an in form Gerald Butler) taking ‘biblical’ vengeance not only on the killers of his family – one of whom gets away with a minor jail term - but the whole legal system that allowed this to happen.
Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx) is the successful
Nobody is safe from assassination or menace as the self entitled ‘Law Abiding Citizen’ somehow manages to employ high powered sniper rifles, gun toting robots, car bombs and underground coffins to grisly effect – whilst all the while locked up in maximum security.
The whole city of
Anybody who had anything to do with that case, he's gonna be comin' after you.”
It’s all very stupid and highly grim in places too but Law Abiding Citizen will certainly make you think.
Darkmatters final rating / out of 10: ööööööö (7 – does an ok job but was hoping for more!)
Darkmatters quick reference guide:
Action 7 (moments of watchable if grisly action)
Style 7 (tightly directed location shots - nice prison setting)
Babes 4 (not really one for female eye-candy)
Comedy 6 (possibly more unintentionally funny)
Horror 7 (some torture porn elements)
Spiritual Enlightenment 0 (morally ambiguous)