Law Abiding Citizen (Overture Films)
Director: F. Gary Gray
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Bruce McGill and Regina Hall
Running Time: 2hrs 2 mins
Tyrone’s Verdict: B
Law Abiding Citizen is a taut and gripping psychological thriller that, despite occasional lapses in storytelling and pacing, has enough moments of intrigue and suspense to satisfy viewers. The film also represents a terrific return to filmmaking for director F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job), whose first introduction to many was as the creative genius behind such award-winning music videos as TLC’s Waterfalls.
The film, which boldly examines themes of justice and vengeance, pitches Oscar winner Jamie Foxx (Ray) opposite Gerard Butler (300, The Phantom of the Opera) – both versatile actors in their own right.
In a move that will prove costly, Rice offers one of the killers a light sentence for testifying against his partner in crime, who is sentenced to death. Fast-forward a decade and the one that got away is hacked to pieces Saw style. After casually admitting to the murder,
By and large, the story builds to a powerful conclusion as the pieces of the puzzle and the various other elements fall into place. Clever and engrossing, Law Abiding Citizen is high-wire fun, a well-wrought and rigid suspense thriller.