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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

Law Abiding Citizen

Overview


Genre

Thriller

Release Date

October 16, 2009

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

108 min.

Production Budget

$40 millions

Studio

Overture Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

F. Gary Gray

Producer

Gerard Butler, Alan Siegel, Lucas Foster, Mark Gill, Kurt Wimmer

Screenwriter

Kurt Wimmer

Starring

Story


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 coolly admits his guilt. Then he issues a warning to Nick: Either fix the flawed justice system that failed his family, 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. Philadelphia is gripped with fear as Shelton's high-profile targets are slain one after another and the authorities are powerless to halt his reign of terror. Only Nick can stop the killing, and to do so he must outwit this brilliant sociopath in a harrowing contest of wills in which even the smallest misstep means death. With his own family now in Shelton's crosshairs, Nick finds himself in a desperate race against time facing a deadly adversary who seems always to be one step ahead.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..unrelentingly grim, unintentionally funny..”
by Steven Rea [Philadelphia Inquirer]
“..kind of corrosive entertainment for which the excuse "It's only a movie" was invented..”
by Joe Williams [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
“..is not badly made..”
by Amy Biancolli [Houston Chronicle]