Monday, November 2, 2009
FattMatt: "Law Abiding Citizen" Review
Every year the American public is bombarded with a crapload of action movies whose trailers promise that they'll keep you "on the edge of your seat." Only a select few, however, live up to that famous tagline.
Law Abiding Citizen is one of those select few.
Jamie Foxx (Ray) stars as a district attorney who took the easy way out in a trial 10 years ago. Gerard Butler (300) is the man who doesn't feel that justice was done and decides to take matters into his own hands like a madman, killing and torturing those he feels should pay.
Everyone was cast very well in this film, including the excellent supporting cast. Everyone did a wonderful job.
Butler especially showed a little more emotion than I'm used to seeing from him, playing a character whose wife and daughter have been murdered.
The best part of this film, however, is the way the story plays out. Without giving too much away, I'll just say that Butler's character figures out many different, uniquely creative ways to get his prey. Sometimes, without being even remotely around them. He uses any means necessary. It helps that he's a brilliant inventor and holds many patents on different mechanisms he's created. You'll literally be on the edge of your seat, waiting to see in what crazy way he's going to get his next victim. His methods will leave your mind blown.
Except for a few scenes, the movie is also pretty unpredictable in how it all plays out. I really enjoyed the calm before the storm, waiting nervously to see what will happen next.
The film is, however, full of cliches that really get annoying sometimes. One example is Jamie Foxx calmly walking away from an explosion without looking back... in slo-mo, of course.
Luckily, they weren't bad enough to distract me from the story completely.
Overall, I really liked this movie and recommend it to everyone. It was just plain badass.
Go see it, people.