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Law Abiding Citizen

Guest Author - Jamise Grace Liddell

Movie Reviewed: Law Abiding Citizen
Directed By: F. Gary Gray
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Viola Davis
Rated: Rated R for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language.
Runtime: 109 minutes
Studio: Overture Films


Law Abiding Citizen, now out on DVD, is arguably one of the best vigilante justice films on the market. Gerard Butler fans will delight in his role as an everyman who was failed by the American legal system. Law Abiding Citizen is the ultimate “get even” film. A film that shines a glaring spotlight on blaring inequality, and unfairness found within America‘s justice system, and one man‘s quest to seek evenhandedness at all costs.

Left for dead after witnessing thugs assault and murder his wife and child, Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) sought justice via the court system. But when a plea deal was made that set the criminals free, Shelton decided to take the reins of justice into his own hands, by killing those responsible for the letting the convicts get away with murder.



Jamie Foxx is Nick Rice, the hungry prosecutor who is leading the manhunt for Shelton, a victim now turned revenge murderer. But Shelton is a brilliant foe, and attacks his criminal enemies using creative methods which usually involve torture or explosives. You‘ll shed no tears for the bad guys, and feel great conflict when Shelton‘s revenge extends to the innocent. And while you know in your heart you should be cheering for the cops, you cheer for Clyde as he thinks of more creative, surprising and gruesome methods to kill those who have failed him in his quest for justice.

Though revenge killing is wrong, Law Abiding Citizen illustrates the “lack of good” in most “justice” systems, and focuses on the harmful disconnect that can numb professionals who deal with criminal minds for a living. The film taps into the core fear, and highlights how the rules of justice work for some, and not for most.

Who has faith in the American justice system? Or any justice system for that matter? Legal equality seems to all work the same way throughout the world. Justice system promotional information promises a fare trial, a considerate hearing, a chance at due process. And that happens the best for two groups of folks, those who know the legal system so well they can maneuver through it unharmed and people who have the money to pay for the legal experience of representatives, like lawyers who can get them through the system.

Supposedly law and due process is available to the masses, however every day the average Law Abiding Citizen has an opportunity to bear witness to a fickle and often unjust legal system. Depending on the state you live in, the car you drive, your sex, your race, your education, your appearance and the mood of the officer that day. Viewing Law Abiding Citizen can serve as your secret revenge. Not seeking revenge, well maybe Butler's nude scene will satisfy fans in another way!!!

Jamie Foxx is Nick Rice, the hungry prosecutor who is leading the manhunt for Shelton, a victim now turned revenge murderer. But Shelton is a brilliant foe, and attacks his criminal enemies using creative methods which usually involve torture or explosives. You‘ll shed no tears for the bad guys, and feel great conflict when Shelton‘s revenge extends to the innocent. And while you know in your heart you should be cheering for the cops, you cheer for Clyde as he thinks of more creative, surprising and gruesome methods to kill those who have failed him in his quest for justice.

Though revenge killing is wrong, Law Abiding Citizen illustrates the “lack of good” in most “justice” systems, and focuses on the harmful disconnect that can numb professionals who deal with criminal minds for a living. The film taps into the core fear, and highlights how the rules of justice work for some, and not for most.

Who has faith in the American justice system? Or any justice system for that matter? Legal equality seems to all work the same way throughout the world. Justice system promotional information promises a fare trial, a considerate hearing, a chance at due process. And that happens the best for two groups of folks, those who know the legal system so well they can maneuver through it unharmed and people who have the money to pay for the legal experience of representatives, like lawyers who can get them through the system.

Supposedly law and due process is available to the masses, however every day the average Law Abiding Citizen has an opportunity to bear witness to a fickle and often unjust legal system. Depending on the state you live in, the car you drive, your sex, your race, your education, your appearance and the mood of the officer that day. Viewing Law Abiding Citizen can serve as your secret revenge. Not seeking revenge, well maybe Butler's nude scene will satisfy fans in another way!!!
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