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"Law Abiding Citizen" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John Johnson

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Synopsis

When citizen Clyde Shelton's (Butler) wife and daughter are raped and murdered, the two perpetrators, Clarence Darby and Rupert Ames, are caught.

Although the evidence is clear to Shelton, as he had witnessed the brutality after being knocked to the floor, the D.A., Nick Rice (Foxx), says that a conviction is not certain, but Darby is willing to testify that Ames was the one who did the raping and murdering, in return for reduced sentence. Clyde objects, but Rice says it is the only way to be sure to get them in jail. Ames, who actually just watched while Darby did the bad stuff, is convicted and executed.

Ten years later, when Darby is released, Clyde kidnaps him and tortures him to death. He confesses to the crime and is sent to prison.

However, Clyde still holds grudges against the justice system, and through his contacts on the outside, has those associated with the trial executed one by one. Nick is unable to stop Clyde, and then, when Clyde says he is going to murder the Mayor, Nick has to decide whether he will stay within the law to stop him, or step outside.

 

Specifications

  • Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • 2009, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 48 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
  • Starring Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Colm Meaney, Bruce McGill
  • Directed by F. Gary Gray
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  • Violence: Graphic
  • Sex: Rape
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

This is a revenge flick, but things sure have changed since Death Wish, with Charles Bronson. Instead of just shooting the bad guys, Clyde Shelton chops them into pieces. Of course, with TV shows like CSI, body parts being shown on the screen are the norm. So, what differentiates movies like Law Abiding Citizen and the TV shows with almost as graphic violence as the theater films? Well, in this case, nothing really. It just takes the whole concept of what humans do to each other a bit further than you would see on network television, and only just a bit.

Technical

Excellent picture quality, but the surrrounds could have used some more action.

Extras

These include The Director's Cut (unrated), Producers' Commentary, The Justice System: Law in Black and White, Behind the Scenes, Preliminary Arguments, and The Verdict.