Butler’s eerie performance pushes ‘Citizen’ to top

October 26, 2009 | Law Abiding Citizen Reviews

Crime thriller will keep audiences guessing until final twist is revealed.

Last Friday was a day of great anticipation in the movie community. Everyone who ever had a childhood was excited for the release of “Where Are the Wild Things Are.” But another movie was quietly released last week.

This movie was for everyone crazy enough to envision murdering someone.

However, “Law Abiding Citizen” is not your average crime thriller. You know the whole time who the killer is – he even admits to it – but there is still one question lurking in your mind while you watch: How is he doing it?

When Clyde Shelton, portrayed by Gerard Butler (“300,” “The Ugly Truth”), watches his family get murdered, he seeks revenge with a fury on not only those involved, but also on all those of the justice community who let them free.

This includes his attorney Nick Rice, played by Jamie Foxx (“The Soloist,” “Ray”), who never quite forgives himself for his actions in the courtroom.

Rice begins to hunt for Shelton after a murder but is surprised to find Shelton giving himself up, admitting to the murder and promising more.

Shelton is taken calmly to prison, but the murders continue to happen. Rice goes on a hunt with little help from Shelton to get to the bottom of the murders, which eventually leads to a couple of plot twists no one could have ever foreseen.

This movie brings together the perfect combination of action, drama, comedy and good dialogue, making a 109-minute movie literally fly.

Butler does a phenomenal job playing Shelton, who tells little of his past and acts calmly and smoothly to get the job done. Accompanied by a decent supporting cast that includes Colm Meaney (“Con Air”) and Bruce McGill (“Cinderella Man”), “Law Abiding Citizen” is a non-stop thriller that starts quickly and finally culminates in an explosive ending.

This film may be a little gory at times but is a great story line that will keep the viewers at the edge of their seats. So once you’re finished reliving your childhood, I highly recommend seeing this movie. Its quality may surprise you.

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