Law Abiding Citizen

Genre:  Drama, Thriller
Running Time:  108 min.
Release Date: October 16, 2009
DVD: February 16, 2010

Current rating: Rating: 4.20
based on 377 votes and 85 reviews
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Cast: Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Leslie Bibb, Bruce McGill, Colm Meaney, Viola Davis, Michael Irby, Regina Hall, Gregory Itzin


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 Philadelphia prosecutor, is assigned to the case. Nick offers 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.

Director: F. Gary Gray
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Lucas Foster, Gerard Butler, Alan Siegel, Kurt Wimmer, Mark Gill
Screenplay: Kurt Wimmer
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  • 3 stars "Brainless, but fun."
  • 5 stars "kept me on my seat who movie, great suspense. the cell phone surprise was fantastic. Great movie"
  • 3 stars "while it was a bit unbelievable, and at times predictable, it was entertaining. I like Jaimie Foxx and Gerard Butler played a pretty good bad guy."