Law Abiding Citizen
January 22, 2011 by Post Team
Law Abiding Citizen, A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands, after a plea bargain defines one of the killers without his family. It addresses not only the murderer but also the district attorney and others involved in the transaction.
Director: F. Gary Gray
Writer: Kurt Wimmer
Stars: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx and Leslie Bibb
Law Abiding Citizen is a 2009 film directed by American thriller F. Gary Gray from a script by Kurt Wimmer, starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. The film is set in Philadelphia and tells the story of a man who decides to exact justice the killers of both his family and the criminal justice system. Law Abiding Citizen was released to theaters in North America October 16, 2009. 
The film was nominated for a Saturn Award for best action / adventure film / thriller of the year, and the film also won NAACP Image Awards nominations for both Jamie Foxx (Best Actor in a movie) and F. Gary Gray (Director outstanding in a film).
Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) has seen the murder of his wife and daughter at the hands of Clarence Darby (Christian Stolte) and his partner Rupert Ames (Josh Stewart). During their trial, the prosecutor Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx) Clyde informed that DNA evidence implicating Clarence was barred because of the botched crime scene because, according to Nick, the actions of the police at the scene of the crime affected his strength in the yard, and that Clyde is not enough evidence to prove the guilt or the other suspect. Nick, interested in maintaining its high rate of convictions, strikes a deal: Clarence gave a testimony that will send Rupert death row, and in exchange for Nick Clarence can plead guilty to third degree murder, for which he will few years in prison. Knowing that Clarence was the real murderer, Clyde is left feeling betrayed by Nick and the justice system.
Ten years later Rupert is executed by lethal injection, rather than be painless, he died in agony because someone turned on the drug. Clarence is suspected, but Clyde assistance from police and then with a neurotoxin to paralyze and slowly tortured to death. Find dismembered corpse of Clarence, detectives Dunnigan (Colm Meaney) and Garza (Michael Irby) Clyde arrest the main suspect. Nick Clyde offers a full confession in exchange for a mattress in his cell, but Nick reluctantly agrees. Clyde is at his hearing before Judge Laura Burch (Annie Corley) and is about to be released on bail, but launches into a tirade against the flaws in the legal system and is guilty of contempt of court.
Certainly his mattress, Clyde confesses to the murder of two Clarence and switching of medications used in the execution of Rupert. It requires expensive next meal by 13 is the next day in exchange for revealing the location of the missing attorney Clarence (Richard Portnow). Goalkeeper (Gregory Itzin) is deliberately delaying the meal last time Clyde and therefore the detectives arrive too late to save the prosecutor, who was buried alive with a limited air supply. Meanwhile, Clyde killing his cellmate and was sent to isolation.
Nick’s assistant Sarah Lowell (Leslie Bibb) finds evidence-linking Clyde with the Department of Defense. Nick Jonas and Attorney Cantrell (Bruce McGill) learn from a contact in the CIA (Michael Kelly) who was a murderer Clyde black operation, a brilliant strategist specializing in the elimination targets by unconventional means. After an exploding phone killed Judge Birch, Nick Clyde said that the killings are not about revenge, but the failure of the justice system. He said that, if he is cleared of all charges and released the next morning; he will “kill everybody.” When his demands are not met, several members of the legal staff, including Sarah, are killed by bombs planted in gastanks their cars. Nick confronts Clyde for what he did. Clyde said that Nick does not try to help the case of Clyde just to help himself and his ego. Clyde also mentioned that while Nick tried to convince Darby, he would have accepted the loss of Nick honest.
Jonas was killed by a robot remotely controlled bomb disposal as a weapon at the funeral of Sarah and the mayor (Viola Davis) appoint an interim District Attorney Nick. Nick receives information leading to a garage belonging to Clyde next to the prison, where he Dunnigan and discover a tunnel leading to the isolation cells and surveillance equipment, weapons and disguises. They realize that Clyde tunnel in the jail before his arrest, and had deliberately sent to solitary confinement so he can come and go, committing his series of murders while the authorities believed him to be locked up. Clyde plans indicate that he went to Philadelphia City Hall to assassinate the mayor. Nick he and detectives find a working telephone bomb connected to a napalm-like chemical warhead. They are unable to disarm, and worry that Clyde may be monitoring.
Clyde returned to his cell through a tunnel and finds Nick was waiting. It offers a last-Nick, but having finally begun to understand what Clyde tried to teach him, he refuses to enter into an agreement with a murderer. Clyde rejoices to have finally changed their ways of Nick. Nick warns her against the activation of the bomb, but somehow does Clyde. Nick seal the cell door and fled the building while Dunnigan seal the hatch to the tunnel. Clyde realizes too late that they were handcuffed to a rail bomb under his bed. Clyde is sitting, watching the band that gave him his daughter. It seems to peace that the bomb explodes, the consumed in the fire and probably kills him before the discharge and destroys much of the prison.
Nick comes home to see his wife and children.
The film took second place in its first weekend, with 21,039,502 and behind Where the Wild Things Are. He went on to gross 126.2 million and total worldwide .
Law Abiding Citizen has received mostly negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 25% of critics gave positive reviews based on 131 reviews with an average rating of 4.4/10. Another review aggregator, Metacritic, which assigns a score normalized to 100 of ordinary criticism, gave the film an average rating of 34% based on 26 reviews. A notable exception was Roger Ebert. In his review for the Chicago Sun Times, Ebert said, “Law Abiding Citizen is the kind of movie you enjoy more time in the fall.” He continued by saying, “Yet there is something to be said for a movie you like well enough at the time.” Ebert rated the film 3 out of a possible 4 stars .
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