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

Okay, man?

That's some bullshit.

- That's good

I don't even think you

know the story, man.

You're missing the point,

Nick, it doesnt matter

what they say.

- Okay. I got this now.

One at a time.

One at a time.

So you'll be seeking the

death penalty?

For Rupert Ames we will be.

- And for Darby?

He has pled guilty to murder

but he is a cooperating witness.

The DAs office has commited

all of its resources

to ensure that

justice will be served.

Did you make any kind of...

I just wanna say thanks

for being in my corner.

It's nice when the

system works, right?

Get away from me.

Come on. Move it.

Let's go.

Uh-uh, what happened?

- What happened where?

What's wrong?

And you call my job boring.

C minus?

- Yes

Well, okay, now,

You gonna tell me

whats wrong?

Can I talk to my daughter

for a little bit?


- Please

First of all, this is your

father speaking

Yeah, she didnt know that.

- You never know.

I want you to stay in there

as long as you can

Cause there's a lot of crazy

ass people out here.


- Your mother is a hardass.

I'm right here.

And daddy wants you to come

out and be daddys little girl...

10 years later

Anybody seen my phone?

Hey, did you see

my phone?

It's not strapped

to your hand?

No it's not strapped

to my hand.

Daddy! Not gonna have

some of my french toast?

French toast, you making

french toast?

I'm sorry I can't,

I'm running late.


Alright, here we go.

Mmmm, taste good.


- Did this is by yourself?

You're better than

your mother.

I heard that. Smells good.

Here, your lifeline.

Morning baby.

You're going to your daughters

recital this afternoon?

Uhm, I thought you were

gonna order the DVDs.

Video is not the same, Nick.

Mom, its okay. Dad's gotta

work, I know

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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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