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Law Abiding Citizen

Law Abiding Citizen features Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler, two high powered stars that square off in a high stakes battle of wits. In his best role for some time Foxx is Nick Rice an ambitious DA who plays the percentages for political gain. He makes a big mistake however when he takes a short cut in a grizzly murder case and cuts a deal with Clarence Darby (Christian Stolte), one of the vicious murderers who wiped out the family of Clyde Shelton (Butler). Shelton, the seemingly victimized victim turns out to be a lot more resourceful than any ordinary man, especially in tense scenes that seem cut out (so to speak) from any one of the Saw movies as Shelton turns into Hannibal Lechter’s smarter brother while he metes (or is that meats) out justice to Darby for the murderer of his wife and daughter. But that’s just the warm-up. Even though he’s soon locked up in a maximum security facility Shelton proceeds to eliminate everyone in the justice system that had a hand in making that deal with Darby. As the bodies stack up Rice has a tough time maintaining his bravado, especially when he realizes he’s being saved till last. Law Abiding Citizen, deliberately set in Philadelphia the City of Brotherly Love and home of the downtrodden US Constitution, is a revenge flick that for a change you can abide seeing.