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Law Abiding Citizen

Jamie Foxx  Actor Gerard Butler  Actor Colm Meaney  Actor Bruce McGill  Actor Leslie Bibb  Actor


MPAA Rating: R
Contains:Graphic Violence,Rape & Sexual Abuse,Profanity,Torture

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Law Abiding Citizen

Theatrical Release Date: 2009 10 16 (USA)

UPC: 013138312280

Studio: Starz/Anchor Bay

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Graphic Violence, Rape & Sexual Abuse, Profanity, Torture]

Summary: 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

Category: Thriller

Features: Disc One: Unrated Director's Cut of Law Abiding Citizen

The Justice Of Law Abiding Citizen
Law in Black and White - Behind the Scenes
Preliminary Arguments- The Visual Effects of Law Abiding Citizen
The Verdict - Winning Trailer Mash-Up
Theatrical Trailer

Disc Two - Theatrical Cut of Law Abiding Citizen
Audio Commentary Featuring Producers Lucas Fostera and Alan Siegel

Law Abiding Citizen

Format: Blu-ray

Release Date: 02/16/2010

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 2.40:1

Audio: DTHD

Runtime: 109 Minutes

Sides: 2

Number of Discs: 2

Language(s) English

Subtitles: English,Spanish

Jason Buchanan

A highly implausible and surprisingly lurid revenge flick where lawyers and judges stand in for street-dwelling scumbags, Law Abiding Citizen blasts out of the barrel with an unsettlingly intimate act of violence and doesn't pull any punches in detailing one man's war against a corrupt justice system. And while director F. Gary Gray and screenwriter Kurt Wimmer's tense tale of vengeance and grief delivers some nasty surprises that send it careening dangerously close to Saw territory (especially early on), it does manage to raise some thought-provoking questions regarding the ethics of the swaggering legal eagles whose actions sometimes prove more self-serving than benevolent.

Ten years ago, Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) watched helplessly as two violent home invaders murdered his wife and daughter. Clarence Darby (Christian Stolte) and Rupert Ames (Josh Stewart) should have been put away for life, but when Clarence cut a deal with rising prosecutor Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx) to get a death sentence for Rupert, the system showed its flaws. When Clarence gets out of prison, Clyde delivers the kind of justice that Rice couldn't -- or, more accurately, wouldn't -- for fear of putting his high conviction rate in jeopardy. It seems like an open-and-shut case, but what Rice and his team don't realize is that they're not dealing with your typical vigilante. Clyde is determined to bring down the corrupt system by whatever means necessary, and he's more than capable of doing so. When Rice and his team get Clyde thrown in prison and the killings continue uninterrupted, they must race to piece together the puzzle and identify his accomplice on the outside before everyone who was involved in the case dies. What they all fail to realize, however, is that Clyde Shelton is a born tactician, and every move he makes has been meticulously planned -- including going to prison.

Unlike most "revenge" films, Law Abiding Citizen is more concerned with detailing the many ways the justice system can fail rather than affording us the visceral release of watching a grieving family man track down the baddies who've done him wrong to give them the Death Wish treatment. In choosing this approach, the filmmakers keep us somewhat at arm's length emotionally, though by focusing on the mystery of how Clyde accomplishes his impossible mission, they give us plenty of motivation to stay involved with the story. There's no doubt some viewers may be turned off by the ferocity of the front-loaded tragedy and the sadistic nature of Clyde's revenge on Clarence, but Butler's compulsively watchable performance does help to take the nasty edge off of the action, and keeps the character somewhat sympathetic even when he's seemingly drifted so far off the deep end that his methods appear to overshadow his motivations. Still, there's little denying that the final revelation is laughably ludicrous, and ultimately raises more questions than it answers. For that reason and others, demanding thriller fans may resent Law Abiding Citizen as a distasteful insult to their intelligence. Folks in search of a punchy revenge yarn that breaks the mold, on the other hand, will find more than enough shocks and surprises to keep them guessing right up until they realize they've just been hoodwinked by a flick that's essentially popcorn pulp done up in courtroom attire. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Robert Katz  Producer 
Kurt Wimmer  Producer 
Kurt Wimmer  Screenwriter 
F. Gary Gray  Director 
Gerard Butler  Producer 
Brian Tyler  Composer (Music Score) 
Allan Siegel  Producer 
Mark Gill  Producer 
Lucas Foster  Producer 
Michael Goguen  Executive Producer 
Neil Sacker  Executive Producer 
Jamie Foxx  Actor 
Gerard Butler  Actor 
Colm Meaney  Actor 
Bruce McGill  Actor 
Leslie Bibb  Actor 
Michael Irby  Actor 
Gregory Itzin  Actor 
Regina Hall  Actor 
Emerald Angel Young  Actor 
Christian Stolte  Actor 
Annie Corley  Actor 
Richard Portnow  Actor 
Viola Davis  Actor 
Michael Kelly  Actor 
Josh Stewart  Actor 
Roger Bart  Actor 
Dan Bittner  Actor 
Evan Hart  Actor 
Reno Laquintano  Actor 
Jason Babinsky  Actor 
Richard Barlow  Actor 
Greg Young  Actor 
Jim Gushue  Actor 
Charlie Edward Alston  Actor 
Anthony Lawton  Actor 
Julian Marzal  Actor 
David Villalobos  Actor 
Ksenia Hulayev  Actor 
Brooke Stacy Mills  Actor 
Todd Lewis  Actor 
Bijean Ngo  Actor 
Cecelia Birt  Actor 
Lamont Clayton  Actor 
Lynn Boianelli  Actor 
Dave Huddleston  Actor 
Gabra Zackman  Actor 
Brian Anthony Wilson  Actor 
Stephanie Humphrey  Actor 
Tracy Toth  Actor 
Patrick F. McDade  Actor 
Jim Fitzpatrick  Actor 
Lawrence Laravela  Actor 
Barbara Lambert  Actor 
Timothy Whiteside  Actor 
Nakia Dillard  Actor 

Country: USA