'Law Abiding Citizen'
(Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, et al / DVD / R / (2009) 2010 / Overture - Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Overview: Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) is an upstanding family man whose wife and daughter are brutally murdered during a home invasion. When the killers are caught, Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), a hotshot young Philadelphia prosecutor, is assigned to the case. Over his objections, Nick is forced by his boss to offer one of the suspects a light sentence in exchange for testifying against his accomplice. Fast forward ten years. The man who got away with murder is found dead and Clyde Shelton admits his guilt. Then he issues a warning to Nick: Either fix the flawed justice system, or key players in the trial will die.
DVD: 'Law Abiding Citizen' is a smart new suspense thriller of that have no doubt. Directed by F. Gary Gray, the film stars Gerard Butler as Clyde Shelton, a father whose wife and daughter are killed while he is tied up. When lawyer Nick Russo (Jamie Foxx) works out a plea bargain with the 'real' killer who testifies against his accomplice, Shelton feels like the legal system wronged his family.
Ten years later, Shelton returns to seek revenge against the man he blamed for his family's death. Law Abiding Citizen is not your typical man seeks revenge thriller. Shelton has much greater plans than taking out one man. Instead, he intends to punish everyone involved in what he believes is a corrupt and bureaucratic legal system.
When Nick and his cohorts discover that Clyde is more than just a wronged man, and that his background is designing and developing killing machines, they realize they are in trouble. Clyde begins to systematically kill everyone he blames for the death of his wife and daughter. Unwilling to break the law and kill Clyde in cold blood, Nick struggles to figure out how Clyde is killing from prison and how to outsmart his intelligent nemesis.
The anti-hero does terrible things that ultimately do have to be stopped but there is still a part of me that thinks of the old joke, "What do you call 10,000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?". I would have preferred the ending to have gone a little differently, I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't watched it, but I think Butler's character wouldn't have been stopped quite like he was.
'Law Abiding Citizen' is a brilliant and intelligent action film with a clever and original concept. The audience is perplexed by a difficulty in deciding which side of the story to be on. Initially, your natural reaction is to root for the emotional revenge of a man who lost his wife and daughter. However, as the story carries on, Clyde takes on more of a villainous role and Foxx's character comes forward as the film's protagonist. [NAT] This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, and comes with the Special Features of:
Audio Commentary Featuring Producers Lucas Foster and Alan Siegal
The Justice System; Law In Black and White - Behind the Scenes with Director F. Gary Gray, Producer Lucas Foster and Actors Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx
Preliminary Arguments - The Visual Effects of Law Abiding Citizen
The Verdict - Winning Trailer Mash-up!