Movie Review: Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

Clyde Shelton is an upstanding family man whose wife and daughter are brutally murdered during a home invasion. When the killers are caught, Nick Rice, a hotshot young Philadelphia prosecutor, is assigned to the case. Over his objections, Nick is forced by his boss to offer 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. Released October 16th, 2009

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


The movie comes across in the previews as a thriller, with action and suspense. The cast was lined up with a lot of known actors and seemed to have a good plot. When we finally went to see it and the movie did not disappoint. It starts out with a bang, the first 30 seconds you see action, drama and a frightening horror scene as his wife and daughter are killed.  After Jamie Foxx makes a deal with one of the killers Gerard Butler wants not revenge but justice for the death of his family. He comes back 10 years later to do just that, to get some justice on all the people that allowed the killer to go free after 3 years. In this movie you’ll find a lot of twists and turns and some horrific scenes where you just want to look away. There were even a few times when I jumped in my seat. The critics slammed this movie but I don’t understand why, I guess if it’s not a movie that will win an Academy Award then it’s no good. This time they’re so wrong, this movie was amazing right up to the end and I would recommend this movie to everyone that is old enough to see it. I can’t wait to watch it again.


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