Overall Rank: 1481
Average Rating: 2.9/4
# of Ratings: 219
Theatrical Release Date: 10/16/2009
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 02/16/2010
Genre: Drama, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R
Director: F. Gary Gray
Actors: Michael Gambon, Gerard Butler, Leslie Bibb, Jamie Foxx, Christian Stolte, Bruce McGill
Plot: A man plans to exact his own brand of justice against the man and system that allowed the killer who murdered his family to walk free. -- Chris Kavan
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Indyfreak - wrote on 07/18/2019
Great lead actors engaged in a cat-and-mouse game of wits that spills out across Philadelphia. It's just too absurd for its own good.
Matthew Brady - wrote on 08/05/2014
This movie had it's enjoyable parts, but they are so many plot holes and plot twits that didn't work for me.
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 02/10/2012
Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) sees his wife and child murdered and raped by Clarence Darby (Christian Stolte). Prosecutor Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx) is Clyde's lawyer but witnesses him shake hands with Darby's lawyer. Rupert Ames (Josh Stewart) was executed thru lethal injection, but is wrongfully accused. The soundtrack was descent and direction was sometimes all over. Butler however depicts a man in pain eager to prove a point about the justice system. The beginning was interesting though the near conclusion runs dry. Law Abiding Citizen is worthy viewing for its unique concept though the lead went too far in the end.
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SIngli6 - wrote on 07/03/2013
There is something inhumanely ugly and cruel about Law Abiding Citizen. The film asks us to celebrate Draconian revenge-based justice and the violation of civil liberties because of the fact that the courts can occasionally be abused to get bad people out of nasty sentences. It uses the rape and murder of a child and its mother to justify the abandonment of neutrality in law and encourage the pursuit of punishment over stability. It uses the grief of a widower to mold a mad, sadistic Knight Templar-type (played by Gerard Butler) to convince us that violent crime is the result of the law being too soft on offenders. And why does it do all these things? To engender populist contempt, of course, for a Criminological theory that Americans rarely use anyway; and given the frequency of this …
Nick - wrote on 04/02/2010
This movie was amazing. Kept me thinking and guessing the whole time. Like I said before Gerard Butler's best performance was in 300. But his performance in this movie was kick ass, he was amazing I rank this movie closely with 300. Jamie Foxx did ok with what he had to work with he played a believeable character. This movie is a shot of adernaline straight to the brain. This movie is greatly made had time and effort put into to. There's scenes in this movie that go over the top that make this movie so much more better. This movie is different you don't see movies like this one all the time. The supporting cast was ok did good with what they had to work with. This movie deliveres tour de force performances from it's two leads in there cat and mouse game. This movie is going to be more …
mdtinney - wrote on 03/20/2010
Law Abiding Citizen does not fail to bring intensity and intelligence. The movie was great: good character development, great action, good suspense and the plot is alluring. Clyde Shelton, Gerard Butler's character, is surprising likable even with all his misdeeds; I found myself rooting for him at the end. I thought he did a fantastic job with this character – Clyde Shelton was chillingly intelligent and charismatic. The movie shed light on the corruption and problems with the legal system and how one man decides to fight back. Although his actions were extreme, he got his message across and his justice served. Jamie Fox's character, Nick Rice was slightly conceited and not very likable; however he does learn his lesson. As a whole the movie was entertaining and good; however… …
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