A brilliant man orchestrates a series of high-profile murders that grip the city of Philadelphia - all from inside his jail cell. The prosecutor assigned to his case realizes he is the only one who can end the reign of terror.
The plot focuses on 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.
Gerard Butler plays a man who has been a victim of a considerably brutal crime, and doesn't get the result that was hoped for and learns that the justice system is more corrupt than he thought, and he sets out to get revenge. Or Justice.
This film seemed extremely promising from the trailer, and quite honestly, a majority of the film, about a good 75% of the film was really quite interesting. The plot was something to be cherished, it actually had the capacity to be something special, and up until the moment where he was discovered, things went downhill.
That's not to say that the downhill was bad. Although incredibly lacking in the originality department, it was entertaining nonetheless. The discovery of Butler could've been done so much more better, it just seemed as though the entire momentum of the film was reliant on the end, which crumbled. Crumbled because it was just a predictable ending. I'm dwelling far too much on the ending here.
Like I said, the first three quarters of the film were well written, entertaining, the action was reasonably spaced, meaning it wasn't just a quick succession of explosions and violence, but instead it was intermittent and left me deliberating about what would be next.
Jaime Foxx was a good choice to put in this role, his character had a sense of craftiness about him, and I really thought he played the part of a crooked lawyer really well.
The idea of coming back to the incident 10 years later was clever, considering all the planning that went into the retribution, it all comes down to how the ending completely rubbed faecal matter all over the majority of the film.
Overall, good film, bad ending.