Law Abiding Citizen

Synopsis: Clyde Shelton's family is brutally murdered. The ones responsible are caught. However, because of improper procedure, the D.A., Nick Rice only has circumstantial evidence. So he decides to get one of them to testify against the other. When Shelton learns of this, he is not happy. Ten years later, the one who was convicted is being executed but something goes wrong; his execution goes awry and he suffers. They learn that someone tampered with the machine. And the other one is found dead, killed in a gruesome manner. Rice suspects Shelton, so he has him picked up. At first, Shelton agrees to a plea agreement with Rice but changes his mind. It appears that Shelton is not done, it appears he blames the whole system and is declaring war on it going after everyone involved with his family's case. So Rice has to stop him but Shelton is way ahead of him.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): F. Gary Gray
Production: Overture Films
  3 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

No no, the jury is going

to believe me, though,

because its the truth.

We can win

We can lose. And then

we have nothing.

You would have wasted

a whole year,

spent millions of dollars,

and then both of them

can end up going free.

Both of them are guilty,

especially Darby. You know that.

It's not what you know, Clyde,

its what you can prove in court.

Please dont make

a deal with them.

Please don't make a deal

- I'm sorry, the deal is done.

I'm sorry.

I made the deal.

- What?

How could you do that?

This is just how the

justice system works.

Listen, I know you don't

think it right now,

but this is a victory

for us.

Your office has certified

this agreement?

Yes, your honor.

- Mr Reynolds?

Any great insights to share

with the court today?

No, your honor.

No insights.

Good, then I trust that

we can move forward

with Mr Ames' trial

unimpeded by delays

a trial date is imminent.

There's no cell phones

in my courtroom, mr Rice.

We've been over this.

- I'm sorry.

I had some exigent

business I was...

Next time it's mine.

Ahh, you married?

- Excuse me?

Are you married?

Please f*ck this up.

So I can destroy you.

I wish ill for no man

but Ames deserves

to suffer for what he did.

I mean you cant

fight faith, right?


Once you make a decision,

live with it. Move on.

In this job your best

asset is a short memory.

Don't beat yourself up,

too many other people

out there doing that

already. Look,

there's some of them

right now.

Isn't this when you tell

me some old favel, wise tale...

Alright, alright. I got one.

Marcus Aurelius had a

servant walk behind him

as he made his way to

the roman time square.

And the servants only job

was to whisper in his ear

when people praised him:

"You're only a man"

"You're only a man"

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Kurt Wimmer

Kurt Wimmer was born in 1964. He is a writer and director, known for Total Recall (2012), Equilibrium (2002) and Law Abiding Citizen (2009). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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