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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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F. Gary Gray

Writer:

Kurt Wimmer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Foxx ... Nick Rice
Gerard Butler ... Clyde Shelton
Colm Meaney ... Detective Dunnigan
Bruce McGill ... Jonas Cantrell
Leslie Bibb ... Sarah Lowell
Michael Irby ... Detective Garza
Gregory Itzin ... Warden Iger
Regina Hall ... Kelly Rice
Emerald-Angel Young Emerald-Angel Young ... Denise Rice (as Emerald Angel Young)
Christian Stolte ... Clarence Darby
Annie Corley ... Judge Laura Burch
Richard Portnow ... Bill Reynolds
Viola Davis ... Mayor
Michael Kelly ... Bray
Josh Stewart ... Rupert Ames (as Joshua Stewart)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

They killed his family. Now justice is his vengeance. (UK Quad) 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Días de ira See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At one point Frank Darabont was attached to direct and was revising Kurt Wimmer's original draft until leaving due to "creative differences." Once F. Gary Gray came on-board to direct, David Ayer, Jordan Roberts and Sheldon Turner each took cracks at the script. See more »

Goofs

As Clyde nods as he's being questioned by Nick it's this type of body language that can be considered self incriminating. See more »

Quotes

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 not 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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Good but not great due to Foxx and bad ending
22 March 2010 | by DaShAgSee all my reviews

Clyde Shelton's ( Gerard Butler ) wife gets murdered in the beginning of the movie and justice doesn't prevail because one of the killers is only sentenced for 10 years. Clyde is angry as hell and will make sure the people responsible for the horrible trial of the killers will all suffer and die. So basically you got yourself a revenge movie here. Clyde is killing them and isn't even hiding it, he admits it. Nick Rice ( Jamie Foxx ) is the DA on the case and needs to find out what the hell is going on. Now the fun part is that Clyde is performing the kills from within his prison cell, he even has to sit out in solitary and is still killing people, now how cool is that.

I totally dig the idea of a highly intelligent man orchestrating kills on specific times and places from his prison cell, all planned ahead of time. If you're a smart ass while watching this movie you'll find out there are a lot of plot holes so I recommend you not to think it all through. Heads up for Gerard Butler, this guy is making some mayor progress on this one after some sh!tty movies last year. I think we'll be seeing more of King Leonidas in the future so hurray to that. On the opposite, Jamie Foxx is on a decline. Ray was an excellent movie but after that it's just bad. As Nick Rice the DA he is just one stone face mofo, no emotion no nothing. Jamie and the ending of the movie are the only 2 things that suck. The movie is just handing out it's surprises like candy, like spoiling your daughter's birthday present a week before her actual birthday. Watch it with a time progress bar and stop the movie before the last 15 minutes, then close your eyes and make up your own ending and I promise you it will be way better then the awful piece of movie you just skipped...


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