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Law Abiding Citizen [DVD]

Gerard Butler , Jamie Foxx , F. Gary Gray    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Leslie Bibb, Colm Meaney, Bruce McGill
  • Directors: F. Gary Gray
  • Writers: Kurt Wimmer
  • Producers: Gerard Butler, Alan Siegel, Dave Gare, Gregory Veeser, Ian Watermeier
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 12 April 2010
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031KSLY8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 471 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Thriller starring Gerard Butler as Clyde Shelton, an ordinary family man whose life is blown apart when his wife and daughter are brutally murdered during an attack on their home. When a plea bargain sets his family's killers free, Shelton sees no choice but to take the law into his own hands, and in the name of justice he embarks on a killing spree that only one man can bring an end to: Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), the assistant district attorney who brokered the deal.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Death Wish with gadgets 10 May 2011
By LXIX TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Law Abiding Citizen 31 July 2012
By Valerie
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great action film 10 Nov 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Gerard Butler is a normal guy with a wife & young daughter. 2 burgulars break in to his house and kill his wife & daughter. The law system sucks and does not do him any fair justice, so revenge will be taken on everyone that has helped to do him wrong! A really great film, with his actions quite unexpected. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this thriller/action film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Far-fetched fun 12 Aug 2013
Format:DVD
There is only one thing you need to know before watching `Law Abiding Citizen' and that is: how much can you suspend your disbelief?

If the answer is, `Not a lot - I like my films realistic,' then don't bother watching this. However, if you can overlook one plot hole after the next and just gloss over the numerous coincidences which need to occur simply to move the plot forward, then you'll probably enjoy this.

Luckily - for me - I simply allowed myself to get swept along in what is quite a novel and fast-paced story where `everyman' Gerard Butler's family gets killed, but the killers cannot be prosecuted, thanks somewhat to lawyer Jamie Foxx. Therefore, ten years later, Butler decides to invoke his own style of justice.

What follows is one pretty clever and gruesome way of killing someone after the next. You'll find yourself both sympathising and hating Butler's character, while Foxx isn't to be outdone on the acting stakes, as he comes across as both slick and vulnerable all at the same time.

Basically, if you like your action/revenge/thrillers loud, dumb and full of loop-holes, then you'll like this. If you're expecting absolute realism then you'll hate it.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling, Suspenseful And Thrilling Movie. 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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