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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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Justice At Any Cost See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Días de ira  »

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,488,143 (UK) (27 November 2009)

Gross:

$73,343,413 (USA) (29 January 2010)
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2.35 : 1
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F. Gary Gray:  The detective who hands Garza the evidence bag after the execution scene. See more »

Goofs

The uniform Shelton takes from the cop who was kidnapped and locked in the trunk has "31" badges on the collar indicating the 31st police district. Philadelphia doesn't have a 31st district. See more »

Quotes

Jonas Cantrell: Tell us what we're dealing with. Shelton was a spy...?
Bray: Look, spies are a dime a dozen. I'm a spy. Clyde is a brain. He's a think tank-type guy. His specialty was low-impact kinetic operations.
Nick Rice: That's a hell of a fancy way to say that he kills people.
Bray: We kill people. He figured out how to do it without ever being in the same room. It was his gift, and he was the best. One time, we're tasking this tricky target. I mean, we're usin' cruise missiles and Predators, and we even had a B-2 Bomber ...
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Referenced in MMA H.E.A.T.: Episode #1.2 (2009) See more »

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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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Movie made a impact.!
21 December 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I have seen the movie more than 5 times ,still i feel like i want to see it one more time just for Gerard butler's acting..! With that being said,I found few key points that has not been clearly shown or u may call it a mistake or something like that.! * When Clayton(Gerard) claims for no evidence provided , Nick (fox) stands like an idiot on the court. Well that's true, but when Clayton kills derby and leaves the scene he throws the car keys to the tied police man at the back of the car with bare hands and even touches the car ,the car as shown in the film was left in the same scene of murder.Claytons finger prints on the car would be a clear evidence ,tire marks of Clayton's car on the scene of murder would be another evidence, !! *When the judge is being shot dead , why did chief and Nic (Fox) wasn't thinking or chasing that there might be someone (expecting to be Clayton) on the opposite building who just shot the judge and is trying to escape??? *Ofcourse the climax when Clayton was caught red handed by Fox in the cell ,Clayton behaves stupid to activate the bomb that proves that this character is so dumb..! which is contradictory to his brilliance.! it destroys the confidence we have on the character.! bcoz when Clayton finds Fox in the cell it is clear that he definitely knows the whole plans of Clayton,and there are chances that bomb might be deactivated but he still activates the bomb.! What so ever i still like the movie ,Justice always had it's limitations and down side.!


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That ending sucked HARD Goldenoir
Clyde's actions bv-j
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Did I miss the reason for the murder of Shelton's family? fruity_dina
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