Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Critic Consensus: Unnecessarily violent and unflinchingly absurd, Law Abiding Citizen is plagued by subpar acting and a story that defies reason.
Jamie Foxx stars as an assistant DA who finds himself at the mercy of a spiteful vigilante (Gerard Butler) hell-bent on avenging the death of his wife and daughter, whose murderers are set free due to legal loopholes. F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) directs from a script by Frank Darabont and Kurt Wimmer. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
|Rating:||R (for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language)|
|Genre:||Mystery & Suspense, Drama|
|Directed By:||F. Gary Gray|
|Written By:||Kurt Wimmer, Frank Darabont|
|In Theaters:||Oct 16, 2009 Wide|
|On DVD:||Feb 16, 2010|
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as Nick Rice
as Clyde Shelton
as Detective Dunnigan
as Jonas Cantrell
as Sarah Lowell
as Detective Garza
as Kelly Rice
as Waren Iger
as Denise Rice
as Clarence Darby
as Judge Laura Burch
as Billy Reynolds
as Mayor April Henry
as Rupert Ames
as Brian Bringham
as Dwight Dixon
as Del Frisco Waiter
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Critic Reviews for Law Abiding Citizen
Sadly, there's nothing here but bloody off-cuts from 'Death Wish', 'Saw' and 'The Silence of the Lambs', in roughly that order.
It's exactly the kind of film the phrase 'by-the-numbers' was invented for, but like the best genre films, it acknowledges its niche and goes all out to top its predecessors.
One of the more repugnant examples of Hollywood's cheap-thrill approach to violence, its voyeuristic brutality is matched only by its innate stupidity.
The film can't seem to make up its mind whether it wants to be an audience pleasing popcorn treat or a serious, political thriller. It ends up being partly both... with varying degrees of success.
Audience Reviews for Law Abiding Citizen
An excellent thriller that takes you to the edge of your seat. Excellent acting across the board makes this movie much better than the average revenge flick. Butler's bow as the "bad guy" truly makes the film as you tend to understand his want for revenge and makes him someone you can connect with. Overall a good action thriller.
As a fun, (un)intelligent revenge thriller, Law Abiding Citizen held my interest through and through. I would have preferred a less farfetched conclusion, but Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx give great performances as their characters square off and spew at each other there opposing yet equally flawed perceptions on the American legal system.
Fun and exciting. I enjoyed it a great deal.
Law Abiding Citizen Quotes
|Clyde Shelton:||Thanks. It's a single.|
|Clyde Shelton:||I did what I had to do.|
|Nick Rice:||I had to call his wife and tell her that her husband had been buried alive.|
|Clyde Shelton:||Well, justice should be harsh Nick... especially for those who denied it to others.|
|Detective Dunnigan:||I believe those cots are bolted into the cell.|
|Clyde Shelton:||Well, thats what wrenches are for... Dumbass!|
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