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Promising Premise Let Down By Excess
on 15 May 2015
This stylish looking thriller stars Gerard Butler as Clyde Shelton, a once happy family man driven by an insane desire for revenge against the murderers of his family, and against a justice system that he believes has failed him badly. When Shelton goes on the rampage, the case's prosecuting lawyer (Jamie Foxx) and a world weary cop (Colm Meaney) must make a desperate attempt to stop him as all manner of mayhem ensues.
"Law Abiding Citizen" is a clever, tense drama with high production values and a high calibre cast. Unfortunately it is badly let down by the director's tendency to let things lurch into a displays of gratuitous ugliness, when subtlety is what is very much required. It's a reasonable watch, ultimately let down by its own excesses.