(USA) Written and directed by Tate Taylor. Starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, Sissy Spacek. Category IIA.
(USA) How did Jamie Foxx get himself into this mess of a film? Recently, fans on the internet have been calling for Foxx’s Oscar to be taken back, after it was revealed that he’ll be appearing in drag alongside Martin Lawrence for an upcoming film called “Sheneneh and Wanda.” But my guess is that the latter won’t be half as degrading as “Law Abiding Citizen.” Directed by F. Gary Gray (“The Italian Job”), this would-be serious action-thriller dresses itself up as an intelligent attack on the US legal system.
The stage-to-screen adaptation is a strange beast. Some, like “West Side Story” or “A Streetcar Named Desire,” benefit greatly from the increased sense of scope and scale. Others, like “Sleuth” or David Mamet productions, lose much of their immersive edge. And others still are so absorbing, and have themes that resonate so deeply, that it matters little whether they’re two feet in front of you or on a screen 40 feet high. John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt” is one of those few.