I just watched A Time to Kill and Law Abiding Citizen back-to-back. What a confusing experience. For those who don't know the movies, here's a short summary of both movies:
ATK: Two racist dudes rape a black girl and try to hang her (she lives). Girl's father thinks they'll be acquitted because of widespread racism in the area and kill both dudes at the courthouse (injuring a third person). Father is ultimately acquitted because his lawyer plays the racism card. Cue cheers and Hollywood ending.
LAC: Two dudes murder a man's wife and daughter. One of them makes a deal that gives him a reduced sentence while the other is convicted of the murders and sentenced to death. The man thinks the sentence unfair and kills both the murderers in a gruesome fashion and then proceeds to kill off everyone involved in the shady trial. The man ultimately dies as he realizes he's become what he was trying to prevent. Cue tears and downbeat ending.
Basically, one is a standard legal thriller while the other is a legal thriller with a twist of holy crap!
And no, you did not read the first summary wrong. Samuel L. Jackson's character is acquitted of double homicide under the plea of temporary insanity because his lawyer - in the closing statement - proclaims the entire court to be racist. He walks away from murdering two people because he's black and because they raped his daughter.
I even caught myself going "Hell yeah, he made it!" when he was acquitted. And then I realized that a man just got away with double homicide because his lawyer played the racism card. I mean, seriously? I love Grisham's novels, but this one is a pile of what the hell?
In LAC, Gerard Butler's character almost walks away (on bail) from murdering two men as well, but the bail is denied after he scolds the judge for basically setting a murderer free:
You see, this is what I'm talking about. You were about to let me go. Are you kidding me? This is why we're here in the first place. [...] Because apparently I just killed two people, and you were about to let me walk right out that door! How MISGUIDED are you? I feed you a couple of bullsh*t legal precedents, and there you go - you jump on it like a bitch in heat.
After watching a movie where a guy walks from two murders because of just that - legal bullsh*t - I found the scene very epic. While the moral of the first movie seems to be "You can and should get away with murder if the victims were racist rapists", the moral of the second movie seems to be "Lol, no. Idiot."
Both movies were entertaining, but damn. Edited, Aug 27th 2012 7:11pm by Mazra