Why Are Critics Such Pansies? My Review of Law Abiding Citizen

In Uncategorized on March 4, 2010 by derekoswald

“Clyde Shelton is an upstanding family man whose wife and daughter are brutally murdered during a home invasion. When the killers are caught, Nick Rice, a hotshot young Philadelphia prosecutor, is assigned to the case. Over his objections, Nick is forced by his boss to offer one of the suspects a light sentence in exchange for testifying against his accomplice. Fast forward ten years. The man who got away with murder is found dead and Clyde Shelton coolly admits his guilt. Then he issues a warning to Nick: Either fix the flawed justice system that failed his family, or key players in the trial will die. Soon Shelton follows through on his threats, orchestrating from his jail cell a string of spectacularly diabolical assassinations that can be neither predicted nor prevented. Philadelphia is gripped with fear as Shelton’s high-profile targets are slain one after another and the authorities are powerless to halt his reign of terror. Only Nick can stop the killing, and to do so he must outwit this brilliant sociopath in a harrowing contest of wills in which even the smallest misstep means death. With his own family now in Shelton’s crosshairs, Nick finds himself in a desperate race against time facing a deadly adversary who seems always to be one step ahead.”

Here we are with another example that proves that movie critics suck, and know absolutely jack in regards to what makes a movie good or enjoyable. I present to you:  my review of Law Abiding Citizen.

Critically panned at the box office, Law Abiding Citizen is a highly intelligent and well thought out psychological thriller that involves Clyde Shelton, a father who feels the justice system has failed him after one of his family’s killers go free due to the workings of the American Justice System. Feeling the penalty enforced is not enough, Clyde decides to take matters into his own hands and enacts a brutal (and deadly) plan to fix the broken justice system from the bottom up.

All I can say is: Wow. The critics really missed the boat on this one. While I’ll admit the whole entire premise of the movie is a little far fetched (hey that’s Hollywood for you), the movie itself was very well written and features enough twists and turns to keep you guessing and never able to truly predict the way the movie pans out. Infact, at one scene (which I will not spoil here), there is a scare that comes out of nowhere, and is so violent that it shocked every one around me (including myself) enough to pause the movie so we could take a breath. Yes the movie is that quick on it’s toes, and if you’re not a fan of the fast paced blood/gore/violence genre than I’d recommend turning down this flick because it is not for the faint of heart.

Which is why I must ask: Why are critics such pansies? If a movie has a lot of violence or gore in it, they automatically dismiss it as “torture-porn” or “unnecessarily violent”, claiming the movie is poor because of it. Not true. While I’m aware in today’s politically correct society that an over the top movie like Law Abiding Citizen might not be welcome, not everybody wants an over-sanitized, dishonest cop thriller/comedy force-fed down their throats every five months. No, some people want gritty and dark and honest movies, and that is what Law Abiding Citizen has to offer. It is one of those violent movies with a moral compass, that makes you question truly who’s side you are on and if the “good guys” are really such good guys after all.

Definitely a better movie than the ignorant critics put it as, and I’d recommend it highly.


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