Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

27 November 2009

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Law Abiding Citizen focuses on a man who, ten years after his wife and daughter are brutally murdered, returns to extract justice from the assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case against their killers. His vengeance threatens not only the man who allowed mercy to supersede justice, but also the system and the city that made it so.

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"Gerard Butler turns avenging angel in this cat and mouse thriller"

What would you do if the man that raped your wife, and then murdered her and your child in front of you, only got 3 years in jail because he made a deal with the criminal justice system.  I imagine you’d be rather upset.  Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) was, and Law Abiding Citizen follows his rather violent quest to make the justice system realise its failings.

Normally in a review, I’ll talk about what I thought about the film, what the good points and bad points were, but I’m in a bit of a pickle here.  What makes this film so intriguing is, any this is a very rare feat, I had absolutely no idea how what I was seeing was happening.  Think of it like this – when you watch Derren Brown on TV, you know what’s going to happen, but you have no idea how he does it.  Law Abiding Citizen does just that – cars are blowing up, mobile phones are being turned into guns (not as cheesy as it sounds), and yet no one, including the audience, has any idea about how it’s happening.

What we have then is a cat and mouse thriller – and I’ll be honest it’s pretty good.  Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx) is the culprit supreme in the eyes of Clyde, and as such is very much the mouse to Clyde’s tiger.  The level of violence is simply phenomenal, but very cleverly done so as not to seem over the top.

That’s pretty much all I can say.  It’s a good film – not going to challenge for an Oscar or anyone’s all time list, but certainly the thought provoking nature of the film makes it an intriguing prospect for the audience, and it’s certainly well worth a watch.

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  • Date & Venue
  • 17 November 2009 / Soho Hotel, London
  • Celebrities in Attendence
  • Gerard Butler
  • Listen to audio clips from the press conference
    Gerard Butler
    As a law student, did the script have a huge attraction to you from the very beginning?
    Gerard Butler
    This film also sees you as a first time Producer, can you talk about that?
    Gerard Butler
    You spent time with criminologists, what did you learn from that and what other research did you do for the role?
    Gerard Butler
    It's a very dark, black place and this bloke is a very bleak bloke, did you find it hard to shake him off after a days filming or even at the end of the project?
    Gerard Butler
    How did you manage to get the tone of your character correct, he could've easily been a cardboard cut out villain?
    Gerard Butler
    In the production notes, it says you were originally signed on to play Jaime Foxx' character, what was the reason for the switch and are you happy with the outcome?
    Gerard Butler
    Now that your first movie as producer is finished, is this how you're going to make movies now, or will you switch and do one as an actor and one in this duel role?
    Gerard Butler
    There are threads of 'Death Wish' and threads of 'Dead Man Walking' in the film, do you think they are important to the film or did you just want to make the film?
    Gerard Butler
    What do you hope audiences take away from watching Law Abiding Citizen?
    Gerard Butler
    Do you empathise with your character?
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