Movie posters often help represent what genre a certain film is or often what the plot entails.
In the movie poster above for ‘Law Abiding Citizen’ there are ways in which the genre and both plot are put forward. firstly we can see that the colours on the poster are very dull and dim. this is quite common of the the thriller and action genre; however posters for films in the action genre usually have quite brighter colours usually orange explosions and also props such as guns will be included. Although this film has aspects of action it is not the main genre shown. The explosion shown in the background is also very dull this again helps communicate that the film contains some scenes with action but not frequent.
another thing that makes this instantly recognisable as a thriller, is the review comment shown “a taut thriller” well that explains itself really, it is common to see a few reviews on thriller movie posters however its more Drama films that are covered in ratings and reviews. Along with the reviews there is a line that reads “justice at any cost” this is the most specific part about the poster. The reason why I say this is because it not only shows that it is a thriller but it shows it is a legal thriller. This is also obviously shown within the title pf the film ‘Law Abiding Citizen.
Also other features of this poster that makes it recognisable as something within the thriller/legal thriller genre is the images shown. We can see there is one sinister character and one character who looks like they are in danger; also the use of the close up on the character is used quite frequently.