Generally I don’t mind a little recreational fascism as long as it’s deep-fried in savory violent vengeance, but this overwrought mess gives vigilantism a bad name. After seeing his wife and preteen daughter killed by home-invaders, retired superspook Gerard Butler is revictimized when Philadelphia prosecutor Jamie Foxx cuts a preposterous deal with one of the killers. Jailed for the torture-murder of the two baddies, Butler deploys his Batman-like technological prowess to school Foxx and the entire legal system in the fundamentals of Neanderthal justice. Foxx’s moral reawakening is signified by the line “Fuck civil rights.” F. Gary Gray (Be Cool) directed a script by Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium); with Colm Meaney and Bruce McGill. R, 108 min.
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