Law Abiding Citizen 2009

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A brilliant sociopath (Gerard Butler) orchestrates a series of high-profile murders that grip the city of Philadelphia -- all from inside his jail cell. The prosecutor assigned to his case (Jamie Foxx) is the only one who can end his reign of terror.

Starring:
Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler
Runtime:
1 hour 48 minutes

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Law Abiding Citizen

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Crime
Director F. Gary Gray
Starring Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler
Studio Overture Films
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By LXIX TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 May 2011
Format: DVD
'Law Abiding Citizen' sees Glaswegian hard man Gerard Butler take on an American accent as he fills the bitter, vengeful shoes of the Philadelphian errant genius Clyde Shelton. Shelton's life is turned upside down when his wife and daughter are murdered during a raid at their home. After watching one of the killers escape with a lenient sentence under the terms of a plea bargaining arrangement he picks his moment, waits ten years, and then proceeds to murder most of those connected with the case including the judge and officials in the DA's office.

Always one step ahead of the law enforcement agencies, he devises ingenious ways of making his point and avenging those who oversaw a criminal justice system that perpetuates injustice in the name of legal practicalities.

'Law Abiding Citizen' is a watchable, elaborate affair. The tale of one man hell-bent on vengeance has been done many times before but this plot mix is augmented by the protagonist's particularly cold and calculating cruelty - much of it achieved from the confines of his prison cell.

Gerard Butler does well here, although I'll never be convinced by a Scot who adopts an American accent. For many he will always be Leonidas from 300, but he has achieved much beyond this and should be credited for the diversity of roles that he has now undertaken.

Overall, a high-tech brutal tale of anger, pathological hatred and cat and mouse belligerence.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brian Sheeran on 18 Jun 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I wouldn't set too much store by some of the pretentious reviews giving this film only 1 star. It doesn't pretend to be a work of fine art after all. But the plot was reasonably good with a good twist here and there, and the action scenes entertaining too.

No, not the "best film ever." but a good coupld of hours of entertainment.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Valerie on 31 July 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Thinking about going to bed, this film started late on Film 4. Thought I'd watch the beginning out of curiosity as I have never seen Gerard Butler in a bad film to date. However, once it started, I could not leave the film; it was really gripping. I agree, this film is not for anyone who is adverse to extreme violence, but taken in its entirety, the violence is in keeping with the story and the mindset of the character that Gerard Butler plays. Jamie Foxx and Colm Meaney are also extremely good and the interaction of characters in the story is well done. This is a clever film that is gripping, psychological, thrilling, full of unexpected twists and keeps you not only on the edge of your seat, but guessing right to the end; an ending, which is unexpected! I am not going to go over the story, that is apparent in the film's write-up, but I will say this, if you enjoy a really good psychological thriller and can accept violence in its context of the story, then for 109 minutes you will be immersed in a film that does not let you leave it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 30 Nov 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Ten years after watching helplessly as both his wife and daughter were brutally murdered and seeing that the punishment didn't fit the crime in his eyes, 'Clyde' ( Gerard Butler ) sets out on a mission to exact revenge on the culprits and show the justice system the meaning of the word 'justice'
From his prison cell he attempts to make the prosecutor listen and learn by targeting the justice personnel that were involved in the case all those years ago,he even demands favours to delay his actions.
Has he outside help ? 'Nick' ( Jamie Foxx ) the prosecutor 'Clyde' is attempting to make 'understand' has to find the answers before 'Clyde' 'brings the house down' on the system....literally.
This is a clever film that should not be missed.
A clever film, great entertainment, worth a re-visit or indeed a first viewing.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. F. Gilby on 28 Mar 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Law Abiding Citizen begins with Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) with his family until they are brutally murdered by two robbers. At the trail, Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx) tells Shelton that the real killer won't get the death sentence which will go instead to the other robber.
Stunned and shocked at this, Clyde simply disappears from sight. Ten years later, both of the robbers are dead with grisy and unsettling ways. The police arrest Shelton, then Rice asks for a confession from him. But what he and the rest of them don't realise that Shelton has a disturbing plan to bring down the flawed system with brutal and shocking acts.
This film will grab your attention within the first few minutes right to the very end, it will leave you on the edge of your seat and your jaw will drop several times. It's hard to feel for any of the characters, at first you are deeply saddened for Shelton and against Rice but as the film goes on it's up to you to decide who you will root for. It is violent and bloody so anyone who dosen't like gory images stay away from this one, also this film is the director's cut where it has a few minutes added in the running time. Pefomances are oustanding from the co-stars to the leading men. Foxx suits his role as Rice, the family man who may have made a mistake with his descion of the court case. But it's Butler that really steals the show. From a broken man to a unsettling murderer, he gives you chills whenever he comes on screen and gives one of his best pefomances so far in his movie career. He also prodcued it so that's a added bonus. The one thing I didn't like this was the ending, not to give anything away but it's not one I would say it sastified me. So if you want a thrilling suspenseful movie for a Friday or Saturday night entertainment, I highly recommend Law Abiding Citizen.
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