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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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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,039,502 (USA) (16 October 2009)

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$73,343,413 (USA) (29 January 2010)
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Jamie Foxx's character uses the line "It's not what you know, it's what you can prove in court". This is the same line Denzel Washington uses in Training Day minus the "in court". See more »

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After Nick gives Clyde a beating in front of prison, Clyde is spitting blood. In the following scene, the blood is gone. See more »

Quotes

Clyde Shelton: [while in a confinement cell] I told I would give you a confession and I meant it
Nick Rice: I saw your "movie" today, so did my daughter
Clyde Shelton: You've taught your daughter about good versus evil?
Nick Rice: I don't have to
Clyde Shelton: That's what this "movie" was about: good conquering evil the righteous prospering the wicked suffering
Nick Rice: I'm giving you one more chance and don't test me because I will run you over
Clyde Shelton: Fair enough, you did get me my bed so a deal's a deal
Nick Rice: That was you on video killing Clarence Darby wasn't it?
Clyde Shelton: Yes, it was me ...
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Written by Pete Townshend
Performed by The Who
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It's the Script That's Insane, Not the Characters
20 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Law Abiding Citizen is about as close as a movie can come to being good while still having a ridiculously poor script. The acting from Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx is fine, though not exceptional. Butler basically does a good job with a very inconsistent character. The production values are good, and the movie has a few nice gory scenes, although most of the outdoor scenes were so green-tinted that I suspect the entire movie may have taken place in the Matrix and I must therefore entirely forgive the plot holes.

The problem is, from start to finish, the movie is filled with silly plot inconsistencies, unresolved details, and twists that throw prior scenes into question. The characters also make decisions that seem incongruous with their professions, knowledge, and with reality.

If you can enjoy a movie with a lot of bad writing, there's still a lot of movies I would recommend first, but Law Abiding Citizen is watchable at the very worst.


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