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If your expectation when going to see this movie is to meet a relative of Hannibal Lector, the calm and all knowing master, you will be somewhat disappointed.
Law Abiding Citizen is a concept that just begs to speak to the primal feeling of hatred within many of us towards the big bad government man. In this instance it is one angry mastermind whom we get to see take it out on the system. You could do much with this concept. You do need some intelligent complexity to tickle the viewer's brain throughout such a film, but the base for success is already there. Sadly, this one got messed up.
The story is has a few unpredictable turns, but unpredictable is not a good thing
if the twists and turns do not lead to anything satisfying. The makers do not go
through with the whole genius-
The talking doesn't make things any better. Most of the dialogue between the two
main characters, the district attorney and the angry guy, could be taken away and
it would make no difference whatsoever. The two are talking intensely, and you may
for a while think that you do not understand whose point is more just and what that
point is, but do not worry -
If the characters aren't particularly interesting then you tend to look for something else. So what else is there? This is a thriller with not many special effects, so the action is not the center piece. The thrills do work, even if due to the viewer's confusion rather than anything else. Also, one result of the shallow main characters is that the rest of the cast gets more spotlight, which they take gracefully.
Law Abiding Citizen is not bad -
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