Law Abiding Citizen

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Released 2009

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Director:
F. Gary Gray
Released:
2009
Rating:
R

Law Abiding Citizen is a 2009 crime thriller starring Jamie Foxx as Nick Rice and Gerald Butler as Clyde Shelton. Ten years after upstanding, law-abiding citizen Shelton's (Gerald Butler) wife is viciously raped and his family is tragically murdered in front of Shelton during a home invasion, Shelton takes justice into his own hands. Shelton plans a campaign of brutal revenge not only on those who killed and tortured his family but also against Rice (Jamie Foxx), the assistant DA and the justice system that failed him and allowed the killers to go free. Rice consented to a plea bargain in the case, allowing one of the killers to get a more lenient sentence in exchange for his testimony. Disorder befalls the city at the hands of Shelton, as Rice tries to stay a step ahead of and stop Shelton. The film also stars Colm Meaney, Bruce McGill, and Leslie Bibb. The film's rating is R for violence, rape and language. The runtime for the movie is one hour and 48 minutes. .

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  • 60

    Variety Justin Chang

    True torture-porn aficionados will be disappointed, as editor Tariq Anwar cuts away right before blade meets flesh -- a move that feels a tad, well, gutless under the circumstances...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times

    The film's greatest sin isn't its cynical moral posturing but its complete failure to engage audiences on even a visceral level.

  • 30

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Wears its preposterousness with a certain pride. It's about the cat-and-mouse game between two very smart guys, and it's perfectly happy to be as dumb as it wants.

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    Thrillers, Crime