Law Abiding Citizen (18)

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Time Out says

Tue Nov 24 2009

If you can buy ‘300’ star Gerard Butler as a vigilante with a penchant for quoting Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz, this knee-jerk vengeance thriller may spark your synapses. Ten years after witnessing the brutal murder of his wife and daughter, Clyde Shelton (Butler) repays the two killers responsible: one dies screaming after Clyde rigs the lethal injection, the other meets a torturous end that is videotaped and sent to Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), an ambitious assistant DA who, a decade before, negotiated an expedient plea bargain for the second killer. But when Clyde is arrested, he declares war on the city of Philadelphia and its political and legal institutions. ‘I’m gonna bring the whole fuckin’ diseased, corrupt temple down on your head,’ he tells Rice. And he does, despite being behind bars. Director F Gary Gray’s remake of ‘The Italian Job’ was a solid effort, as was writer Kurt Wimmer’s reworking of ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’. Sadly, there’s nothing here but bloody off-cuts from ‘Death Wish’, ‘Saw’ and ‘The Silence of the Lambs’, in roughly that order.
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Rated:

18

UK release:

Fri Nov 27, 2009

Duration:

109 mins

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Director:

F Gary Gray

Cast:

Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Colm Meaney

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andy

mostly enjoyable but morally dubious.wasn,t qiute sure whether you were meant to actually sympathize with this guy.Any sympathy you do feel quickly evapoorates as the film progresses.also needs a huge suspension of disbelieve which did spoil it for me.Any ambitions to a serious morality tale are hard to swallow as well.

Thomas Noctor

Original great movie! Man On Fire meets A Time To Kill! Butler is great in this well made and written film. Watch It!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thomas Noctor

Original great movie! Man On Fire meets A Time To Kill! Butler is great in this well made and written film. Watch It!!!!!!!!!!!!

Molly

Best movie I've seen in long time once again the Paisley buddy does it superb !!!

Molly

Best movie I've seen in long time once again the Paisley buddy does it superb !!!

flix

Clyde is happy at home with his wife and young daughter then psychos rape and murder his family - he gets knifed but survives to witness lawyer Nick Rice, from the DA's office, cut a deal that lets the real evil criminal off with a short sentence the other one gets a lethal shot in the arm. Clyde's a first hand witness and there's enough bad guy DNA around his house to bake a pie - naturally Clyde has a major concern with a justice system that fails to deal out two death sentences. He waits and plans for 10 years to correct the justice system in his own way. His methods are awful to behold and not for the squeamish - clever plotting and a great movie.

Billy-J

I was looking forward to seeing this film, being a fan of action films and seeing this one as an action film with a slightly original idea (a rarity nowadays I'm sure you'll agree). However when push came to shove everything didn't work, it's attempts to be a deep study of the American justice system fall flat because the man who is supposedly righteous cuts a man into 25 separate pieces! The explanation of how he actually was able to carry out his master plan made me want to laugh and threw up so many plot holes that it began to resemble some kind of minefield. I can cope with some plot holes (I can pick apart some of my favourite films of all time), but this was way too much and when you couple that with pointless scenes, (Butler stripping naked to be arrested could be the most pointless I've seen in a long time, if i wanted to see a naked bum I'd watch Time Cop!) then it all adds up to a film that has nothing to redeem it, no likable characters and it's one hook turning out to be perhaps its biggest flaw. In fact the only bit I did like was when Butler SPOILER* was killed at the end END SPOILER* the only time, in my opinion, when justice was truly done. At the end of the day, when it comes to LAC the question I ask is, can you ever sympathise with a brutal psychopathic killer? Me personally, no.

cass_is

Great movie. I haven't seen an entire cinema room so full and so quiet at a movie for a long time. Nobody was blinking. Everybody loved it. At the end of the day this is the important thing. Not that it's a propaganda film or how knows what.

cass_is

Great movie. I haven't seen an entire cinema room so full and so quiet at a movie for a long time. Nobody was blinking. Everybody loved it. At the end of the day this is the important thing. Not that it's a propaganda film or how knows what.

MarkLondon

Actually Nigel I think you're (wilfully) missing the point of this movie: the distinction between what most right-thinking people think of as 'justice' and what the legal system is capable of delivering (not so much...). That the system ultimately fails (Foxx hitting Butler and Butler's eventual, predictable demise) was, I thought, the most interesting aspect of the movie. This polemical aspect lifts it above most thriller-shockers, and I think taps into a deep frustration among the population at large against our legal and political institutions. A movie very much of our time, although it won't win any awards for subtlety...

Septic Insurgent

thought it was entertaining until the end when i realised it was a pro-amercian justice system propaganda video. what the ljglhbldfhbalshgkwE?!!

Kavy

Best film I have seen in a long long tym,great story line,nt 2 mention gerard butler is exctremly freekin hot :* xxx

Kavy

Best film I have seen in a long long tym,great story line,nt 2 mention gerard butler is exctremly freekin hot :* xxx

Chelsea guy

Everyone seems to have a different opinion about this movie but I thought it was great. Definitely go and see it if you like clever but nasty revenge movies. Plenty of action through-out. Only downside perhaps was the ending which didn't fully satisfy me or ring true with the rest of the movie. It was a lazy cop-out after everything that had happened before. That said, I like darker endings to my movies anyway and from the start I was on Butlers side after-all, Butlers character was the real victim. It's a shame he couldn't waste just more selfish, arrogant lawyer before the end.

Chelsea guy

Everyone seems to have a different opinion about this movie but I thought it was great. Definitely go and see it if you like clever but nasty revenge movies. Plenty of action through-out. Only downside perhaps was the ending which didn't fully satisfy me or ring true with the rest of the movie. It was a lazy cop-out after everything that had happened before. That said, I like darker endings to my movies anyway and from the start I was on Butlers side after-all, Butlers character was the real victim. It's a shame he couldn't waste just more selfish, arrogant lawyer before the end.

rhiain

nigel floyd, what kind of movie do you like?! i NEVER agree with your reviews, that film was worth way more than 2 stars....and your review isnt exactly subtle, it gives too much away. I thought it was a very cleverly thought out story line, lots of action, thrills and keeps you on the edge of your seat. A must-see movie!!