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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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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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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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Gerard Butler stated that the movie was filmed in an actual prison that was still taking in inmates. During certain times of the day, the inmates would be transferring into the prison and looking confused as to why there was filming equipment all over the place. As a safety precaution the film crew locked themselves behind the cages for safety. See more »

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One scene shows a car with Nick going north on I-95 over the Girard Point Bridge, but he was previously in Center City, which is well north of that point on the highway. See more »

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Dwight Dixon: What'd you do to get in here, anyways?
Clyde Shelton: I did what I had to do.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.71 (2012) See more »

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Engine Number 9
Written by Chino Moreno (as Chino Camilo Moreno), Chi Cheng (as Chi Cheng),
Stephen Carpenter, Abe Cunningham
Performed by Deftones
Courtesy of Maverick Recording Company/Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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You can't fight fate. Right?
6 June 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Gerard Butler stars as Clyde Shelton, a man forced to not only watch his wife and daughter be raped and murdered in his own home, but to also have to sit there and watch the justice system fail him. So he wages a one man war against pretty much everyone involved.

Hoo-Hah! The big hitting critics hated it, with comments ranging from it being sub-normal, preposterous, ugly and morally corrupt, to it being a comic book film of moral hectoring! Naturally, as the critics were at pains to point out that it would, it made a pot load at the box office and is generally well liked by a good portion of the action/revenge/thriller loving populace.

There's always a big grey area with revenge/vigilante movies that really brings out the debate crowd, but what rarely gets said is that through the actions of these cinematic waste layers is the chance for many, many, folk to live vicariously. Yes! 99% of the common man and woman do indeed sit back and trust our respective legal systems to do what's right and just, but oh how we feel that given similar circumstances we would want to vent spleen with furious anger.

Law Abiding Citizen is a riot, at its heart it does have something to say, even asking some pertinent questions. Do these social smarts come bursting through the bloody haze to make a point? No, they get submerged in a whirl of kinetic fury and socko violence, but they are there, caustically so. But hey! For shocks, twists and outrageous set-pieces, this picture rocks the big one. Vicarious living through cinema – wonderful. 8/10


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That ending sucked HARD Goldenoir
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