Before taking over the billion-dollar “Furious” franchise and directing its eighth film, F. Gary Gray has made some quality films, notably “Straight Outta Compton”. He also directed the thriller “Law Abiding Citizen”, starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler as a hotshot lawyer and a father who witnessed the murder of his wife and child, respectively.
Gray’s direction, along with strong performances by the two leads, lifted “Law Abiding Citizen” from what would have been a mediocre film. If the film were divided into thirds, the middle portion was by far the best, as there were layers of suspense, keeping the audience intrigued as to the direction to which the story would go.
But this is where the film falters; the third act of the film takes the suspense built from the act previous and blew it up (literally). The ending of the film was riddled with plot holes, as if the writers didn’t know how to end the film, or were in a rush. It was such a big letdown after such an entertaining two thirds.
6.3 / 10