October 15, 2009 The Unbiased Writer


Since breaking out in the mid-’90s, F. Gary Gray has established himself among the handful of former music video directors who graduated to big-budget projects. After directing box office hits such as the 2003 hit “ The Italian Job”, Gray seemed to vanish, prompting some to wonder about his professional future.

After a nearly four year break, Gray seems to have returned with a vengeance with “Law Abiding Citizen,” a violently provocative story about a man who, ten years after his wife and daughter are brutally murdered, returns to extract justice from the assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case against their killers. His vengeance threatens not only the man who allowed mercy to supersede justice, but also the system and the city that made it so.

In the movie, Jamie Foxx plays the arrogant Philadelphia prosecutor that makes a deal that allows one of the killers to receive a reduced sentence.  Director Gary Gray describes it as his most accomplished film. “I’ve never delivered a film before that I felt matched my potential,” he said recently while relaxing in the lounge of a Beverly Hills hotel. “I’ve always looked at my first few films as being like boot camp. With this film, people will really get a chance to see the growth.” With “Law Abiding Citizen,” Gray was determined to bring an element of moral relativity to the screen.

He was also compelled by the vigilante theme: Though audiences may initially cheer Shelton’s violent campaign, its escalating brutality becomes more and more troubling. With high expectations, it will be interesting to see how well this movie does in the box office this weekend. What do you think? Be sure to check out the trailer




  1. james

    Jamie Foxx is gonna be the next Denzel Washington! Watch! Cant wait to check the movie out…havent seen any good movies lately 🙁

  2. ashley

    This looks like it could be really good. Jamie is an actor with a lot of range, so I’ll expect a good performance out of him.

  3. S.

    1. the Italian job was so dope back in the day, idk how I wold like it now as an adult, but when I saw it upon release I enjoyed it.

    2. This movie does look pretty cool, but I am over the roles that they give the black actors when they are cast for movies like this. Its predictable and kind of getting played out.

    3. As for Jamie… might seem like a hater again, but not feeling it! It is one thing to promote your film, but taking nude pics to create some buzz…he isn’t the only one, but c’mon! Be above that bs, I don’t understand that. These people have to subject themselves to taking nude pics to get some publicity. Kanye has not gotten naked once and no one can stop talking about him…say something to get ppl start…don’t take off your clothes man!

    lastly, his voice sounds kind of weird in this film…idk, maybe I am just a super-critic lol

    Ok I guess this is last lmao, I will be seeing Where the Wild Things Are over this.

  4. Sharbar1128

    This movie looks good as he!!. I can’t wait to see it. This is one I will have to go to the movies to see not get it on BL…lol. Gotta support our black actors. Especiall, Jamie and his sexy azz.

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