Is it wrong to root for the bad guy? Gerard Butler’s character doesn’t start off as the bad guy, but boy, by the one minute mark in this trailer for the movie, he turns into Hannibal Lecter’s better looking cousin or something. Check out the first trailer for Butler and Jamie Foxx’s “Law Abiding Citizen”. I have to admit, I was expecting kind of a run-of-the-mill thriller, but boy was I wrong. I certainly wasn’t expecting something that looked like “Saw” crossed with “Silence of the Lambs”! Good stuff, real good stuff.
Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) is an upstanding family man whose wife and daughter are brutally murdered during a home invasion. When the killers are caught, Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), 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.
Starring Gerard Butler, Michael Gambon, Leslie Bibb, Jamie Foxx, Josh Stewart, Regina Hall, Bruce McGill, Christian Stolte, Viola Davis, Colm Meaney, and Michael Kelly. Directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Kurt Wimmer (“Equilibrium”).
Get abidin’ October 16, 2009.