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.
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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
as Older Cop
as SWAT Captain
as SWAT Troop #1
as Trunk Cop
as Sheriff at Shed
as Print Reporter
as Clyde's Daughter
as Clyde's Wife
as Clyde's Wife
as Nick's Assistant
as Nick's Assitant
as FBI Agent
as Princess on Air Mattress
as Newscaster at Execution
as Another Reporter
as Homeland Security Supervisor
as Local Newscaster #1
as Local Newscaster #2
as Charlie - City Hall Security
as Bailiff #1
as Bailiff #1
as Bailiff #2
as Prison Guard
as City Hall Sheriff
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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.
As a social statement, Law Abiding Citizen is a flawed attempt at holding the legal system accountable for its shortcomings. As a movie, it's a ridiculous execution of a misguided concept.
There's the core of a fascinating amoral movie here before it gets amped up into a standard thriller
A preposterous exercise in high-minded brutality, "Law Abiding Citizen" tries to pass itself off as a dialectic on justice betrayed, but instead plays like a snuff film with our nation's legal system as the victim.
Sure, it's outta place for October, but there's no reason you can't enjoy a mindless piece of candy against the backdrop of fall foliage.
Audience Reviews for Law Abiding Citizen
One of the early takes of the by now popular be-careful-who-you-mess-with cautionary revenge epics Hollywood produces, cause-he-might-be-a-retired-super-spy. Tension is quickly ratcheted up and stays there until the conclusion, all performers ably contributing. A decent 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
|Inmate:||(Cellmate) Nice bed.|
|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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