Law Abiding Citizen

Published May 15, 2010

Law Abiding Citizen

Film info

  • Title Law Abiding Citizen
  • Director F. Gary Gray
  • Year 2009
  • Run time 1hr 49m
  • Genres Thriller, Drama, Crime
  • Tagline The system must pay

Thriller starring Gerard Butler as Clyde Shelton, an ordinary family man whose life is blown apart when his wife and daughter are brutally murdered during an attack on their home. When a plea bargain sets his family's killers free, Shelton sees no choice but to take the law into his own hands, and in the name of justice he embarks on a killing spree that only one man can bring an end to: Nick Rice, the assistant district attorney who brokered the deal.

Live Blog

Time Comment
1:48 “Smells nice - is that takeout?” Sounds like our house.
7:50 Is he allowed to make the deal without asking him first?
8:41 Confiscating a mobile phone. The judge is like a teacher.
11:19 Gerard Butler is not at all a heartthrob in this.
12:48 I don’t think I’ve ever had French toast.
13:19 Julia Child! That’s just freaky. We wouldn’t have known what that meant before.
13:48 That child is just too polite.
21:14 Why was he shooting at the police though? Because of the drugs?
22:52 Puffer fish!
26:45 Just as I was feeling sorry for him, it turns out that he’s worse than anyone.
28:07 25 pieces!
30:14 I think he might have had help putting those jeans on.
38:46 Hehehe, an actual mattress.
42:26 Ten years is a long time to brush up on your law.
49:15 Is he not going to share with his cellmate?
57:48 So, we’re about halfway through. Who else can he possibly kill?
1:01:58 Who is that a statue of on top of the building?
1:03:04 That is so awesome. But… I’m never answering a phone again.
1:12:38 The judge and the pretty lady are gone. Women aren’t faring well in this film.
1:14:47 How come he isn’t wearing orange?
1:20:04 Wow! I like exploding things.
1:21:36 Ah, Philadelphia. I can’t believe it took me over an hour to figure out where they were.
1:25:49 Why do these old warehouses never have light switches?
1:31:02 The bomb squad is just one man?
1:32:05 Why do they want to take him alive?
1:40:42 Niiiice flame work.


We found this one by flicking through the new rental releases on iTunes. I hadn’t heard of it and wasn’t sure it looked all that good, but then the trailer had plenty of stuff blowing up, which I love. I was also keen to see Gerard Butler in something, after only ever seeing him in photos with Ms Aniston, and hearing him on the Scott Mills show.

The first few scenes of the film put me right off. Some pretty violent stuff, followed by some law stuff that I didn’t really understand. However, once we got past that, into the real plot of the movie, it was great. Some fabulous acting, although the polite little girl was a bit unnecessary, I think.

Rating: 4 / 5

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