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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031KSLY8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,000 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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The legal thriller meets the serial-killer shocker in Law Abiding Citizen. The story begins when home invaders kill Clyde Shelton's wife and daughter. The bereaved father (played by a thoroughly unsympathetic Gerard Butler) looks to slick Philly prosecutor Nick Rice (a low-key Jamie Foxx) to see that they receive the maximum sentence. Instead, the murderer, Ames, testifies against his accomplice, Darby, who gets the chair, while he gets 10 years. Upon his release, Ames' mutilated body turns up in an abandoned warehouse, and all roads lead to Shelton. Rice attempts to defend him, but his client makes it impossible--Shelton wants to go to prison--so he does time, but then members of Rice’s legal team start to die. The attorney suspects Shelton, but can't connect him to the crimes, so he races against the clock to save the lives of his assistant, Sarah (Leslie Bibb), D.A. Jonas (Bruce McGill), and his own wife and child. The movie may sound like a Yank reboot of the Japanese chiller Cure, in which an inmate kills from inside institutional walls, but plays more like a mash-up between The Silence of the Lambs, without the psychological complexity, and The Devil's Advocate, without the cynical giggles. F. Gary Gray got his start with hip-hop videos and urban action flicks, like Set It Off, until he hit the big time with his remake of The Italian Job. Law Abiding Citizen is a disappointing muddle from a director who's done better in the past and will surely do better in the future. --Kathleen C. Fennessy --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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18 of 19 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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Valerie on 31 July 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Cooper on 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 By Albatross on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' 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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29 of 34 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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