emotions and changes your expectations of film stars,
taking the two stars and there engineered star personas and invert them
to create a different film experience.Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler
are the two stars; one an arrogant District Attorney and one the
vengeful husband seeking retribution for the death of his wife and
The film starts with violence; two masked criminals enter Clyde
Shelton's (Butler) house in an attempt to rob goods, whereupon they
take a different angle leading to the rape and murder of his wife and
slaughter of his only young daughter. Flash forward to Nick Rice
(Foxx) the DA who makes a deal for the murderer to go free, in spite of
clear evidence and DNA samples. This switches Clyde from a loving
father who seeks answers to go and get them himself, promising to
inflict pain and suffering upon everyone connected with the law which
led to a killer going free. We end up with 'Death Wish' for the
Shelton shows a level of invention unique to a mastermind, he is a
tinkerman with patents and his mind is his weapon, and it is all the
more surprising as he ends up in jail and yet people are still being
killed, Rice believes he has an accomplice on the outside so the film
becomes a cat and mouse thriller as Rice locks analytical horns with
Shelton to beat him and his accomplice.
Written by Kurt Wimmer, who gave us 'The Recruit', it features similar
pacing and narrative content - it attempts to hoodwink you by
manipulating the audience emotions by saying it is going this way and
then suddenly something else happens that surprises you again.
All characters are made suspicious or one we should be aware of.
This is sometimes confusing for viewers, as it distracts from the
entertainment on value. Foxx bites into his role as a smug DA
showing one side and then another; whilst Butler plays the grieving
husband well before becoming all thunder and bluster as he seeks
vengeance for his wife and child, but as Foxx asks, 'What would she
say?' Too often the need for order is thrown off cause by the
thirst for disorder. Shelton's wish is that the total use of
disorder will bring him this chaos, unfortunately it leads to a whole
city being put under martial law.
At times a bit muddled in its chronological order and narrative thrust,
there is no indication of how long Shelton has planned all of his
action. But it is worth noting the influence of 'Prison Break' on
the film, another note that maybe the better television product is now
influencing film unlike the other way round as it happened in the early
to mid 1990s.
Entertaining and especially good for fans of 'Hostel' who will indulge
in a bit of bone crunching and gory death scenes. But if you are
expecting a rom-com and Butler's chisseled torso, you will sadly be
Released and available by Momentum Pictures now on DVD and Blu-Ray, the
DVD features are: a behind the scenes featurette, visual effects piece,
trailer mash up
Available from £19.99 RRP rated 18 certificate.