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Friday, October 16, 2009

Hollywood Product: Law Abiding Citizen

GENRE: Revenge thriller

THE PITCH: After home invaders kill his wife and daughter, “tinkerer” Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) exacts revenge on Philadelphia’s criminal justice system, particularly district attorney Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), who cut a deal to give a sleazy killer a light sentence. Clyde turns out to be more like the Joker in The Dark Knight than Charles Bronson in Death Wish.

MONEY SHOTS: Clyde uses a booby-trapped handgun to outfox an enemy. Clyde not only subjects a bad guy to a "Dexter"-ous punishment, but also sends a recording to Rice’s upper-class home. A remote-controlled robot wreaks havoc at a cemetery. One authority figure dies with such an out-of-nowhere surprise, I can’t possibly say any more.

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