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Rubbish (in one word),
This review is from: Law Abiding Citizen [DVD] (DVD)
Clearly the five and four star reviews are in the ascendancy for this film but having sat through the whole of it I cannot see how, after just a moment's reflection, any viewer could offer it more than a one (or possibly two) starred - watch if you must watch something! - review. As other reviewers have noted, the film starts with some promise and interest but once the so-called anti-hero starts making his absurd demands and behaving with seemingly magical powers, you lose all interest in the film and any support for him. Once "any thing" becomes possible, all the tension and excitement disappears.
Others have remarked on the failure of the film to maintain or even develop any coherent argument about the flaws within the justice system. The crassness of the initial plea-baragaining, on which so much of the "moral" argument of the film appears to hang, owes much more to the unconvincing fact of the deal having being struck before any discussion (let alone attempts to seek the agreement) of it with the victim, than to the pros and cons or merits of the deal itself.
Starting with that shakey premise, the film quickly ditches the moral argument theme (or at least loses all sight of it) once the anti-hero is allowed to develop into the mindless souless thug of the person he soon becomes.
And the gory violence? Well yes there is that but even that seems confused and (thankfully) hardly a strong point of the film. The execution scene is of course extremely unpleasant but, thanks to all the "precautions" that the executioner has taken, comes across somewhat "muted" as a scene shocker.
The corny concert hall ending summed up for me all the deadends and failed ideas that are my abiding memories of this film ..... :( However, lots of other people have really enjoyed it ... :)