Law Abiding Citizen is a movie so engaging, so socially relevant, and so masterful in its execution that Todd had to buy the Unrated Director’s Cut Blu-Ray edition so he could see it in all its pristine glory FOR THE THIRD TIME. Todd has a terrible problem, but we’re not sure the Pasadena Recovery Center has a program for people who are compelled to buy every single plastic and metal disc that contains moving pictures.
The best thing about LAC is that it is composed mostly of long, boring scenes of people talking which get interrupted once in a while by scenes of terrible violence and/or gore. The director’s cut shows way more gore than the theatrical release (steak bone, I’m looking in your direction). Plus, you get to play an interesting thought experiment where you try to explain why Gerard Butler keeps getting to make high-profile studio pictures when they do nothing but bomb (Answer: he’s pretty).
NOTE: This Film Pigs commentary is for the “Unrated Director’s Cut” on the 2-disc Blu-Ray and not the theatrical release. We felt it was important to force ourselves to sit through the director’s true vision.
TO SYNC WITH MOVIE: Start this commentary 10 seconds after starting movie.
5 thoughts on “Commentary #30 – Law Abiding Citizen (2009)”
Evertime I completely forget the Pigs exist they release an awesome commentary and make me say “oh yeah those guys rocked!” can’t wait to listen.
In a way the pigs are like Terrence Malick.
The director’s cut, huh. I’ll have to hunt that version down. Stupid me, I went and got the theatrical release on DVD. Fuck.
Good to see you guys are still in business. 🙂 I look forward to giving this a listen.
I read the Frank Darabont draft of this script when he was set to direct it. And even though the ending was still far-fetched it was written with enough skill and plausibility that you could imagine a great director could still pull it off.
Sadly, they hired F. Gary Gray, a merely competent studio hack.
And Gerard Butler should never attempt an American accent ever again. Him and Sam Worthington.
Just finished listening to the commentary. (As it turns out, the director’s cut is available online.) Once again, awesome stuff. Good luck with those pastries.