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Law Abiding Citizen

Law Abiding Citizen

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Director: F. Gary Gray

Cast: Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Colm Meaney


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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


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.

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All Movie Guide - 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.

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Special Features

Audio Commentary Featuring Producers Lucas Foster and Alan Siegel; ; 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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jamie Foxx Nick Rice
Gerard Butler Clyde Shelton
Colm Meaney Detective Dunnigan
Bruce McGill Jonas Cantrell
Leslie Bibb Sarah Lowell
Michael Irby Detective Sean Garza
Gregory Itzin Warden Iger
Regina Hall Kelly Rice
Emerald Angel Young Denise Rice
Christian Stolte Clarence Darby
Annie Corley Judge Laura Burch
Richard Portnow Bill Reynolds
Viola Davis Mayor April Henry
Michael Kelly Bray
Josh Stewart Rupert Ames
Roger Bart Brian Bringham
Dan Bittner Sereno
Evan Hart Collins
Reno Laquintano Dwight Dixon
Jason Babinsky Del Frisco Waiter
Richard Barlow Older Cop
Greg Young SWAT Captain
Jim Gushue SWAT Troop #1
Charlie Edward Alston Inmate
Anthony Lawton Trunk Cop
Julian Marzal Sherrif at Shed
David Villalobos Print Reporter
Ksenia Hulayev Clyde's Daughter
Brooke Stacy Mills Clyde's Wife
Todd Lewis Cop
Bijean Ngo Marvelle
Cecelia Birt Nick's Assistant
Lamont Clayton FBI Agent
Lynn Boianelli Princess on Air Mattress
Dave Huddleston Newscaster at Execution
Gabra Zackman Another Reporter
Brian Anthony Wilson Homeland Security Supervisor
Stephanie Humphrey Local Newscaster #1
Tracy Toth Local Newscaster #2
Patrick F. McDade Charlie - City Hall Security
Jim Fitzpatrick Messenger
Lawrence Laravela Bailiff #1
Barbara Lambert Bailiff #2
Timothy Whiteside Prison Guard
Nakia Dillard City Hall Sheriff

Technical Credits
F. Gary Gray Director
Tariq Anwar Editor
Deanna Brigidi-Stewart Casting
Gerard Butler Producer
Lucas Foster Producer
Dave Gare Associate Producer
Mark Gill Producer
Michael Goguen Executive Producer
Alex Hajdu Production Designer
Robert Katz Producer
Jeffrey Kurland Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruce Litecky Sound Mixer
Joseph Middleton Casting
Darrell Pritchett Special Effects Supervisor
Alan Rankin Sound/Sound Designer
Jesse Rosenthal Art Director
Neil Sacker Executive Producer
Jonathan Sela Cinematographer
Allan Siegel Producer
Brian Tyler Score Composer
Gregory Veeser Associate Producer
Ian Watermeier Co-producer
Jeff G. Waxman Co-producer
Kurt Wimmer Producer,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Law Abiding Citizen
1. Home Invasion/ Main Title [3:33]
2. What You Can Prove In Court [7:16]
3. Lethal Injection [7:31]
4. "You Can't Fight Fate" [8:14]
5. Taken Into Custody [10:39]
6. "Make The Deal" [3:26]
7. Contempt Of Court [6:24]
8. Steak With All The Trimmings [7:59]
9. Born Tactician [7:42]
10. This Broken Thing [5:01]
11. "It's Gonna Be Biblical" [3:56]
12. City Under Siege [4:36]
13. Subterranean Passage [7:26]
14. Center Of Gravity [4:51]
15. "I Don't Make Deals With Murderers" [5:12]
16. End Credits [7:32]


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