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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

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A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.

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Clyde Shelton's family is brutally murdered. The ones responsible are caught. However, because of improper procedure, the D.A., Nick Rice only has circumstantial evidence. So he decides to get one of them to testify against the other. When Shelton learns of this, he is not happy. Ten years later, the one who was convicted is being executed but something goes wrong; his execution goes awry and he suffers. They learn that someone tampered with the machine. And the other one is found dead, killed in a gruesome manner. Rice suspects Shelton, so he has him picked up. At first, Shelton agrees to a plea agreement with Rice but changes his mind. It appears that Shelton is not done, it appears he blames the whole system and is declaring war on it going after everyone involved with his family's case. So Rice has to stop him but Shelton is way ahead of him. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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They killed his family. Now justice is his vengeance. (UK Quad) See more »

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Rated R for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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16 October 2009 (USA)  »

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Días de ira  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,039,502 (USA) (18 October 2009)

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$73,343,413 (USA) (31 January 2010)
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2.35 : 1
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Portions of this movie were filmed in the former Broad Meadows correctional facility. Since 1995 when a new Delaware County, Pennsylvania correctional facility opened, Broad Meadows has been used for storage, according to the Delaware County Times newspaper. The now-closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadephia was used for some prison exteriors. See more »

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Clyde states that Darby will only do five years for third degree murder, he's technically accurate: that is the minimum sentence for a defendant with absolutely no criminal history. However, Darby already has at least one previous felony, as revealed during the phone call to Darby helping him escape. Under Pennsylvania law, a single felony in the defendant's criminal history would raise that to a 7 1/2 year minimum. Assuming that the judge gave them the 7.5 - 15 year minimum, that would only make them eligible for parole after 7.5 years, no guarantee that they'd be released. Additionally, the judge has the authority to exceed those, and is not bound by any plea agreement. See more »

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Sarah Lowell: Would you do it the same way now? Would you still cut a deal with Darby?
Nick Rice: This is the job, we have to make choices
Sarah Lowell: But did you make the right choice?
Nick Rice: We made the right choice, right?
Sarah Lowell: I don't know. I'm thirty five and there's things and possibilities I'm going to have now and its ok, I know it's part of the deal don't get me wrong I love working for you. I just want to make sure I gave up those things for something more than just a high conviction rate
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Sin's a Good Man's Brother
Written by Mark Farner
Performed by Grand Funk Railroad
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Law Abiding Citizen will not disappoint.
25 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie really takes the cake. It's focused on a father (Clyde) who gets beaten and his wife and daughter are killed by 2 crooks. However the crooks' punishment was dimmed down because of a deal made by the lawyers(Jamie Fox). 10 years later, Clyde decides to take out the entire corrupt justice system.

This movie really keeps you on the edge of your seat, and the main character Clyde really makes this movie something memorable and just extraordinary. You can compare Clyde to the Joker pretty much, but in my opinion 10 times better. Clyde devises sneaky and cunning ways by taking down his victims and the whole sense on whether he is the hero or villain also adds to the excitement. Jamie Fox also does a great job playing his character, a heroic yet corrupt lawyer.

There are a few scenes that will guaranteed make you laugh and a few scenes that will pretty much tell you that Clyde is just one kickbutt character, no questions about it. Every scene you will be wondering what will happen next, because you honestly won't know. The movie has a few twists and turns and will always keep you guessing. If you want to see something that is highly suspenseful, will keep you on the edge of your seat, and includes 2 very unique and questionable characters, then you must see this movie. Law Abiding Citizen will not disappoint.


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