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Law Abiding Citizen
Law Abiding Citizen
Actors: Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Leslie Bibb, Viola Davis, Michael Gambon
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
R     2010     1hr 48min

Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) is an upstanding family man whose wife and daughter are brutally murdered during a home invasion. When the killers are caught, Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), a hotshot young Philadelphia prosecutor, ...  more »

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Actors: Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Leslie Bibb, Viola Davis, Michael Gambon
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Overture Films/Anchor Bay Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 02/16/2010
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2009
Release Year: 2010
Run Time: 1hr 48min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 11
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL
Reviewed on 1/18/2015...
Worth watching just to see Jamie Fox have that smug look knocked off his face. I laughed when Fox tried to do his entire "you will do what I say " thing only to have Butler's character ignore and proceed to destroy him.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Reviewed on 8/8/2012...
An entertaining, but morally questionable exercise in 'thriller'-making catering to a clearly jaded audience. There are lots of interesting ways to kill folks here, especially interesting uses for C4 and saw tools. The problem is that, like a man stricken with some form of gastric disease in a house with only a single roll of toilet paper left, does the protagonist in question crawl up the stairs of his house to reach the bathroom with the roll in it, or just go downstairs. No big deal if you don't mind getting your hands a little dirty and separating your laundry. You never know what will happen, or if you'll blow, however, if you venture upstairs.

In this high-minded piece of trash, the law-abiding citizen Clyde Shelton in question, just happens to be secret assassin trained by Uncle Sugar's NSC. When a pair of vicious killers butcher his family but accidentally let him live, Shelton--played by Gerard Butler, the wooden Scottish answer to Charlton Heston with a weird Transatlantic accent that goes in and out--hustled and lied to by a smug, ruthless and slippery Philadelphia prosecutor, Nick Rice, played by the same naughty-boy, grinning stand-up comedian (Jamie Foxx)as ever, it starts a war. Shelton kills off all the bad guys first, but then goes to work on the bad actors from the DA's office.

I hate reviews which give away the plot, so I won't do it. Suffice to say, Rice wins their battle of wits and actually experiences a moral epiphany once the body count reaches absurd proportions. The problem,however, despite the deft pyrotechnics and superb action scenes which are so well directed by F. Gary Gray, is that the audience gets cheated at the end and the wicked carry away the kudos. Explaining this one to your kids should be an interesting exercise in moral relativism, however, especially considered in the wake of the repeated popularity of vigilante flicks.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sara D. from HENRICO, VA
Reviewed on 4/3/2011...
Good movie, no scratches. Thanks for sending
1 of 6 member(s) found this review helpful.
Megan K. from ATHENS, GA
Reviewed on 10/22/2010...
Law Abiding Citizen with Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler is worth watching, as far as psychological thriller, action, conspiracy theory movies go. It's thought provoking in ways that a lot of movies are not: it highlights the grey areas that exist in our justice system and makes the audience think about how complicated the idea of "justice" really is. It has two characters, on the one side Butler, on the other Foxx, who are trying to reach the same end through different goals and with different outlooks. Foxx, as a lawyer of the state, is meant to assume everyone is innocent and to thus treat them as such, and Butler, who sees every one in the justice system as a criminal, and thinks they should be treated as such. Both want the criminals to end up locked away and the freemen to be free, but both have different attitudes about the way they should be handled in the justice system. Complicating them both, however, are some very realistic human flaws: Butler is blind with revenge for a crime that he doesn't believe got justice and Foxx is blinded by the furtherance of his career. Both in the end are shown to be selfish creatures who only want what they want without thinking about the other people being affected. This all works together to create a very complex and interesting plot that leaves the viewer thinking about where they would fall in the spectrum.

With all the good stuff though, comes the bad stuff. The ending was highly disappointing and all the psychological complexity that was developed throughout was kind of thrown out the window with an explosion, and then the movie was over.
4 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Clever, Entertaining Thriller
Terence Allen | Atlanta, GA USA | 10/22/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Law Abiding Citizen," the new thriller with Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx, is an interesting revenge thriller that takes the viewer to some unexpected places and provokes thoughtful conversations and introspection. Regardless of any drawbacks that the film may have, and it is certainly not perfect, it makes valid points about the sometimes arbitrary nature of the criminal justice system.

Gerard Butler stars as an engineer whose seemingly peaceful life is shattered when two men break into his house, injure him, and kill his wife and daughter. Grieving, but obviously believing that his case is clear cut, he is stunned when the young assistant DA prosecuting the case, played by Jamie Foxx, makes a deal that allows a reduced sentence for the killer of the wife and child in exchange for his testimony against the other man.

Ten years later, as the man convicted of murder is facing lethal injection, Butler's long-planned revenge plot begins to unfold. We find out that Butler is not who he has seemed to be, and that the now senior assistant DA Foxx has his hand full with a clever resourceful advesary.

This film is not for the squeamish, has several shocks and surprises, and is meditative and thoughtful. It is a suprisingly good thriller considering how bad it could have been with a lesser cast, script, and direction."
Pretty Good!!!
Pumpkin Man | 12/29/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This movie was a lot better than I had expected. To me, it was like a mix of 'Saw' and 'Max Payne. Gerard Butler does an awesome job as a psychotic man with nothing to lose. Ten years after a home invasion that leaves his wife and daughter dead, Clyde Shelton returns to seek true justice. I love when he dismembers the man who murdered them. When Clyde is sent to jail, people are still dying in mysterious ways, and Nick Rice tries to stop it. When Rice interrogates Clyde, he wants something in return such as his iPod, and a steak. Soon, nobody feels safe leaving their homes, because they don't know where or when Clyde will strike next. Does he have an accomplice? I highly recommend LAW ABIDING CITIZEN!!!"
Good Movie Marred By a Hackneyed Ending
alexrr1984 | 01/29/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Law Abiding Citizen features a fairly unique premise in its portrayal of a desperate man wronged by the justice system. Gerald Butler stars as Clyde Shelton, a family man who witnesses the brutal murders of his wife and child only to watch one of the killers go free after serving a short prison term. The film certainly stretches reality, and while Butler gives an incredible performance, the notion that the audience is supposed to root for a diabolical serial killer is a bit unnerving. Clyde not only dispatches the men who were responsible for the actual crime--he goes on to execute every other party involved in the legal proceedings (including innocents). The movie urges the audience to root for Clyde, even as he crafts himself into the mold of a Hannibal Lecter type villain. This premise could have worked out decently if the directors were to stick to this formula (which was done much more convincingly in Seven), but the film plunges into stupidity with a nonsensical ending that reeks of overblown sentimentality."