312. Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

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7.0 A bit over the top
  • Acting 6.9
  • Directing 7.0
  • Story 7.0
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Starring: Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Leslie Bibb

Director: F. Gary Gray

Running Time: 109 mins


Law Abiding Citizen is an American film about a man who, after the killer of his family is set free in a court case, takes justice into his own hands, and kills him himself. However, to further his point of the flaws in the US law system, he strategically maps out the murders of countless government officials.

Well, this film was very VERY violent. I thought that Tarantino and No Country For Old Men were a bit much, but this seemed to go to infinity and beyond in terms of killing as many people on screen as possible.

With regards to the story, it was quite interesting. I found the twist that the film made of unexpectedly turning the normal family man who I supported at the beginning of the story into an incredibly evil serial killer mastermind fascinating, so that theme kept me interested throughout.

By the end, it did seem to tail off a little, and I felt that the whole thing just became extremely predictable. The ‘big reveal’ of how the murders were being carried out was actually pretty obvious from the start, disappointing me a little, and amidst the hundreds and hundreds of gruelling deaths on screen, I felt that it went over the top.

Overall, I’ll give this a 7.0 because it was an interesting sort of a story, but it was way too violent and over the top with murders to be enjoyable to watch.

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