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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

Jamie Foxx , Gerard Butler  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (516 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Leslie Bibb, Viola Davis, Michael Gambon
  • Producers: Lucas Foster
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Overture Films/Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (516 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XMGGK6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,403 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Law Abiding Citizen" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary Featuring Producers Lucas Foster and Alan Siegal
  • The Justice System; Law In Black and White - Behind the Scenes with Director F. Gary Gray, Producer Lucas Foster and Actors Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx
  • Preliminary Arguments - The Visual Effects of Law Abiding Citizen
  • The Verdict - Winning Trailer Mash-up!

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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

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Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) is an upstanding family man whose wife and daughter are brutally murdered during a home invasion. When the killers are caught, Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), a hotshot young Philadelphia prosecutor, is assigned to the case. Over his objections, Nick is forced by his boss to offer one of the suspects a light sentence in exchange for testifying against his accomplice. Fast forward ten years. The man who got away with murder is found dead and Clyde Shelton admits his guilt. Then he issues a warning to Nick: Either fix the flawed justice system, or key players in the trial will die. Soon Shelton follows through on his threats, orchestrating from his jail cell a string of spectacularly diabolical assassinations that can be neither predicted nor prevented. Only Nick can stop the killing and finds himself in a desperate race against time facing a deadly adversary who seems always to be one step ahead.

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64 of 76 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever, Entertaining Thriller October 21, 2009
"Law Abiding Citizen," the new thriller with Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx, is an interesting revenge thriller that takes the viewer to some unexpected places and provokes thoughtful conversations and introspection. Regardless of any drawbacks that the film may have, and it is certainly not perfect, it makes valid points about the sometimes arbitrary nature of the criminal justice system.

Gerard Butler stars as an engineer whose seemingly peaceful life is shattered when two men break into his house, injure him, and kill his wife and daughter. Grieving, but obviously believing that his case is clear cut, he is stunned when the young assistant DA prosecuting the case, played by Jamie Foxx, makes a deal that allows a reduced sentence for the killer of the wife and child in exchange for his testimony against the other man.

Ten years later, as the man convicted of murder is facing lethal injection, Butler's long-planned revenge plot begins to unfold. We find out that Butler is not who he has seemed to be, and that the now senior assistant DA Foxx has his hand full with a clever resourceful advesary.

This film is not for the squeamish, has several shocks and surprises, and is meditative and thoughtful. It is a suprisingly good thriller considering how bad it could have been with a lesser cast, script, and direction.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Law A-breaking Citizen May 5, 2013
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SOME SPOILERS IN HERE BUT NOT REALLY I love a good revenge movie! And this is one! Good story and an interesting M-O. I loved the idea for this movie. It chose a controvertial topic and really ran with it. The judicial system has been known to have its flaws and sometimes if people want justice they have to take it. A man (Gerard Butler) goes ape s*** for ohhhhh ten years plotting and scheming over the death of his family. Hell bent on his lack of justice after the main culprit of his family's death gets a ridiculous plea bargain. Well, this man decides to enact revenge not just on the killers, but on the whole judicial system. Because, you see, he is a war device inventing genius who has been helping the special forces for years. Sweet! Action thus ensues and you are left wondering, how the hell is he doing this stuff. Well you gotta watch to get this little tidbit. There have been complaints about the ending and while it is tough to make a truely satisfying ending to a movie that starts out so strong, it isn't that bad. But I also say judge this one for yourself and give it a watch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody laws and bloody fate February 19, 2013
It's sad when people can make accurate jokes about a broken justice system with its technicalities and fine details. Then again, when you've been planning vengeance for ten years and have studied in all that time, what can one do besides exacting that plan? Ask Clyde, who's trying to get his late wife's rapist/child's murderer to be legally dead. Problem is, with the way the judicial system is, he could get away, and he knows it. So, after taking the law into his own hands, things play out precisely as he expects them to, including him being thrown into jail and having court procedures and hearings and getting called a "criminal" with no one giving a second thought about the cause behind his motive. But even in the courtroom does Clyde's guile play out effectively.
Throughout a whole process of exacting vengeance for his wife and daughter, he comes up with cruelly inventive ways of killing key people and "pawns" off, manipulating things to show "lessons" of what happens when people don't do things the precise way he requests them to be. And none of it is for the faint of stomach nor heart.
Though it's called "Unrated Director's Cut," it could also be called the "Original NC-17" edition since it was threatened to be that rating if they didn't shave some of the violence out. They did, as well as have additional dialogue (some comical, some just because) and things that may have improved the story, but only slightly, just to give slightly more personality to key characters.
This was a great film to have, but only watch if you can handle the extremely disturbing violent content and can handle the language used,or can handle certain shocking death sequences. Some, though I've watched this a couple times, still manage to make me jump, no matter how much I anticipated and flat-out expected them.
That just shows this has effective storytelling.
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43 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good!!! December 28, 2009
This movie was a lot better than I had expected. To me, it was like a mix of 'Saw' and 'Max Payne. Gerard Butler does an awesome job as a psychotic man with nothing to lose. Ten years after a home invasion that leaves his wife and daughter dead, Clyde Shelton returns to seek true justice. I love when he dismembers the man who murdered them. When Clyde is sent to jail, people are still dying in mysterious ways, and Nick Rice tries to stop it. When Rice interrogates Clyde, he wants something in return such as his iPod, and a steak. Soon, nobody feels safe leaving their homes, because they don't know where or when Clyde will strike next. Does he have an accomplice? I highly recommend LAW ABIDING CITIZEN!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great start, sharp drop in quality in the end December 3, 2013
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Remarkably strong beginning and middle but loses so much of tension in the end. It seemed to care more about wrapping up the story as quickly as possible by some deus ex machina, and a sudden uncanny prescience on certain character's part. Thankfully, the movie is put out of its misery before the shoddiness of it all ruined the experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars law abiding citizen
good time of arrival and it played very well the package was in good condition Thank u all for the movie it was fun Thanks
Published 1 day ago by hiroko
5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking
A very thought provoking drama, action, mystery kind of movie. Without giving away any of the movie - it is about an everyday good guy (a law abiding citizen) who has the ability... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Al Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see for all adults
Both Jamie Fox and Gerard Butler gave an excellent performance. Nail biting and exciting to last minute of the movie.
Published 2 days ago by Shylittlelatina
5.0 out of 5 stars Law Abiding Citizen
Excellent, Excellent movie. The movie shows how when a law abiding citizen can turn into a pyshopath when his family is killed, and is failed by the justice system.
Published 8 days ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
This was one great movie. Absolutely riveting. It appeals to our most primal instincts, good vs evil; justice vs revenge brilliance vs psychosis. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Lina
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Exciting
It certainly critical of justice system, a frustration we all share. The movie was exciting, and kept me on the edge of my seat.
Published 15 days ago by Larry J Burge
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep you on the edge of your seat
Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) decides to take justice into his own hands when his family was brutally killed. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Tyler Bond
2.0 out of 5 stars nonsensical Plot with More Holes than Substance
What do you get when you cross Saw with Dexter and throw in some Batman and Hannibal into the mix? I know that sounds like the start to a bad joke one would probably here in a... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Siklootd
5.0 out of 5 stars Foxxtactic
Jamie Fox was great in this drama/thriller he was smooth, strong and aggresive when needed. The movie had you sitting on the edge of your seat wait for what was going to happen... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Tootsie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
If you love action and a movie with a twist...this one is for you. This is one I will buy!!
Published 27 days ago by Betty Boop
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unrated version
This is just another way for them to "stick it" to the consumer!!! They want ppl to switch to Blu Ray, so they are putting all the special features, unrated versions, and even nicer cases, on the Blu Ray. I say we continue to buy Dvds and "stick it" to them!! Why should we... Read more
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additional languages & subtitles?
any english subtitles?
Apr 28, 2010 by A. Pagonakis |  See all 2 posts
why can't Law Abiding citizen be rented?
It's not released yet. Some movie studios release the purchase version first, then the rental a few weeks later.
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