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After his family is brutally murdered, Clyde takes matters into his own hands. He tells the prosecutor to fix the flawed justice system that failed his family, or key players in the trial will die. Clyde orchestrates the killings of high-profile targets from his jail cell.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words, 13 S-words, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief non-sexual nudity. VIOLENCE: Stabbings, dismemberments. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Cocaine and injections. ACTION: Chases and explosions. COMEDY: None.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 131 moviegoers:
GREAT REVIEWS! All ages, both male and female, LOVED "LAW ABIDING CITIZEN." Teens and twentysomethings rated it especially high. Only a small percentage, mainly adults, rated it as low as "Good/Average," which is a bit low but not bad.
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.