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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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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,039,502, 18 October 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$73,343,413, 31 January 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$126,690,726, 12 August 2012
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director F. Gary Gray decided to use Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse as the restaurant that caters Clyde's lunch after dining there several times during filming. The restaurant was also the location of the film's after-party following its screening at the Philadelphia Film Festival. See more »

Goofs

In the recital scenes, it is obvious that the cello shown on screen is not making the music being heard. At the first recital the bowing does not match, and at the second the finger placement is wrong. See more »

Quotes

Clyde Shelton: [Referring to his meal from Del Frisco's while in their cell] I suppose if I don't share this with you then...
Dwight Dixon: [interrupts him] I'm going to get the fuck up, I'm going to cock back my right hand and I'll split your whole fucking head in two, now about that?
Clyde Shelton: Come on over here, join me there's plenty to go around
Dwight Dixon: You got a girl or something?
Clyde Shelton: It's a long story how about you? You got a girl?
Dwight Dixon: I got a few broads back home
Clyde Shelton: Oh yeah? You don't have a boyfriend in here do you?
Dwight Dixon: [amused] Get the fuck out of ...
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Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.17 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Mr. Tambourine Man
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by The Studio Sound Ensemble
Courtesy of Countdown Media GmbH
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Ridiculously Over The Top
29 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

Obviously, this movie is a sort of "Death Wish"-inspired movie, with the main character (Clyde, played by Gerard Butler) out to get revenge after the gruesome murders of his wife and daughter. The difference is that Clyde doesn't turn vigilante. Instead, 10 years later, he sets out to take revenge on the justice system (mainly represented by the prosecutor Nick, played by Jamie Foxx) that agreed to a deal with one of the guys who invaded his home in exchange for testimony against the second.

The idea has been done. It may be inspired by "Death Wish" but it's been done elsewhere as well. Done to death might be a way of putting it! Basically two things bothered me. The lesser of the two was that the movie essentially opens with the murders, so I had no chance to develop any real connection at all with the wife and daughter who were killed. A little more development of the family's life would have drawn me more fully into Clyde's anguish. Of course, I can understand the raw emotions that would be involved, but there's no real connection. That's a weakness. Mostly, though, I just found this to be ridiculously over the top.

I have no objections to movies that are "over the top." Generally speaking, though, even an over the top movie has to have some semblance of believability; something that causes me to say "yeah. I could see that happening, no matter how silly it seems." This one had none of that. The character of Clyde - as he's eventually developed in the movie (both in his background and in how he's pulling off the revenge he seeks) - was, I'll say it again, ridiculously over the top. I couldn't even begin to buy into it - not even for a second. And, given the aura of total unbelievability involved, I found it dragged on and on. You know Clyde will eventually be caught - just get to it, was my attitude through most of this. Get it over with. After the first few shocking bits of revenge, it lost its power and I just wanted to get to the climax - which, to be honest, I found a bit anti-climactic. (2/10)


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