Law Abiding Citizen: A Film Review

Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx star in this fantastic thriller/action/drama.
Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx star in this fantastic thriller/action/drama.

Think you know right from wrong?

Think again. Gerard Butler smudges the already blurry lines between justice and revenge in this thrilling action drama.

Gerard Butler in his abs' glory!
Gerard Butler in his abs' glory!
Jamie Foxx shakes the hands of a murderer.
Jamie Foxx shakes the hands of a murderer.
Lethal injection gone wrong.
Lethal injection gone wrong.
Leslie Bibb as Price's partner.
Leslie Bibb as Price's partner.

Eye Witness

Clyde Shelton witnesses the brutal murders of his wife and daughter. To Clyde's continued horror, the American legal system cuts a deal with the worst of the two culprits, and Clarence Darby (Christian Stolte), that disgusting man, walks away free.


After the huge disappointment in both the American idea of justice and with the man Nick Price (Jamie Foxx), who made the deal with Darby, Shelton's torn morals manifest in a 10-year-long planning spree to get back at those who brought him the worst kind of pain: losing family suddenly and to violence.

Or Revenge?

Rupert Ames (Josh Stuart) is given the death penalty ten years after the conviction for his part in Shelton's family's murders. When the lethal injection goes painfully, awfully wrong, Price digs into the past and, with his partner Sarah Lowell (Leslie Bibb), Price discovers a cleverly hidden past.


Lowell and Price send out an APB for Darby only to find him cut into pieces in a warehouse that just so happens to belong to Clyde Shelton. The police bring Shelton in, and that's when the movie starts.

Always One Step Behind.

From behind bars, Shelton is able to wreak havoc on Philadelphia, the prison system, and the justice system of America. He is literally a one-man army. Or is he? Lowell and Price can find absolutely no solid proof that Shelton is behind anything, and to top it all off, Shelton starts to make ridiculous demands.

Spitting In The Man's Face.

Maybe it's just for the hell of it, but Shelton makes ridiculous demands of Price and the jailers before he says he'd be willing to give any type of information or confession. First, he asks for a First Class Bed. Then he asks for the best meal around. With background music. Price keeps getting advice from his peers to not deal with the madman, but Price sees no way around it and gives Shelton what he wants, only to continue to come out one step behind.

The Mayor of Philadelphia from Law Abiding Citizen played by Viola Davis.
The Mayor of Philadelphia from Law Abiding Citizen played by Viola Davis.

It escalates.

With two prisoners, one citizen, and many colleagues dead, Price is done with the bull. He digs deeper. Meanwhile, Shelton goes about his prison life as if nothing is wrong. But it looks like the Mayor of Philadelphia (played by Viola Davis) is next. Can Price stop the deaths? Can he stop Shelton? Or is Shelton justified and going to get what he demands is justice for the deaths of his family from a decade ago?

Law Abiding Citizen
Law Abiding Citizen

Watch it to find out what happens!



I won't spoil it for you, if you haven't seen it already. This movie is a must see. Not only for the eye candy and thrilling action, but the acting is so phenomenal that you'll even forget these top names from Hollywood. Rent or buy it now; you won't regret it!

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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Very nicely done....I was pleasantly surprised with this movie.....not to ruin the ending either...but I was hoping for a better ending....the greatness of Butler in this movie actually really root for him...even when he is doing some terrible things...voted up and useful.

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Meisjunk 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

I actually very much liked the ending, as it sort of sets things straight again. But I completely agree about rooting for Butler! I know Jamie Foxx is supposed to be the good guy in this movie, but dayum! The disturbed man who starts to have his morals warped in the name of teaching the justice system a lesson is the one I was clapping for the entire time.

Haha! Either way, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! =) Thanks as always for stopping by.

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CarltheCritic1291 5 years ago

For me this was one of those movies that I have mixed feelings about, there were some good things like Gerard Butler, story, Gerard Butler, pacing, Gerard Butler, music, and did I mention Jamie Foxx? But on the other hand some minor nit-picky bothered me. But I'd liked it and I'm glad you did to and not just for Gerard Butler, and his sexy abs, his sexy voice, his sexy sexiness, but for... sorry lost my train of thought... Oh but I think people really need to watch it for themselves because it is one of those hit-or-miss films that people will find wither really clever and creative or really annoying. Great Hub keep up the great work. Voted Up, Useful, and Interesting.

(P.S. Had no idea that Gerard Butler was an "author", did you mean "Actor"?)

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Meisjunk 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

LOL. Yes, I meant actor. XD Thanks for catching that for me!

And thanks for the comment of course. =) I've heard the same from many people about nit picky things that they wish had been done differently. Thanks for the votes, and I hope you keep reading after that mistake! XD

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joedolphin88 2 years ago from north miami FL

Haven't seen the movie but I'm very interested in seeing it now that I've read this.

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Meisjunk 2 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Hey, Joe! I hope you do! =) Butler brings a great darker side of characters to the film, when we usually see him as the hero. Let me know what you think!

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