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LAW ABIDING CITIZEN
USA: Overture Films
UK: Momentum Pictures
Cast: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Bruce McGill, Colm Meaney, Leslie Bibb, Michael Irby, Regina Hall, Viola Davis, Michael Gambon, Josh Stewart, Christian Stolte, Michael Kelly, Annie Corley, Richard Portnow, Dan Bittner, Brooke Stacy Mills, Damien Colletti, Ryan Woodle, Emerald-Angel Young, Ksenia Hulayev, Evan Hart, Brian Distance, Reno Laquintano
Director: F Gary Gray
USA & UK: 108 mins
USA Rated: R for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language
UK Certificate: 18 contains strong bloody violence, torture and sexual violence
USA Release Date: 16 October 2009
UK Release Date: 27 November 2009
"Justice at any cost."
Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) is an upstanding family man whose wife and daughter are brutally murdered during a home invasion. When the killers are caught, Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), a hotshot young Philadelphia prosecutor, is assigned to the case. Over his objections, Nick is forced by his boss to offer one of the suspects a light sentence in exchange for testifying against his accomplice.
Fast forward ten years. The man who got away with murder is found dead and Clyde Shelton coolly admits his guilt. Then he issues a warning to Nick: Either fix the flawed justice system that failed his family, or key players in the trial will die.
Soon Shelton follows through on his threats, orchestrating from his jail cell a string of spectacularly diabolical assassinations that can be neither predicted nor prevented. Philadelphia is gripped with fear as Shelton's high-profile targets are slain one after another and the authorities are powerless to halt his reign of terror. Only Nick can stop the killing, and to do so he must outwit this brilliant sociopath in a harrowing contest of wills in which even the smallest misstep means death. With his own family now in Shelton's crosshairs, Nick finds himself in a desperate race against time facing a deadly adversary who seems always to be one step ahead.
Directed by F Gary Gray, written by Kurt Wimmer and produced by Lucas Foster, Gerard Butler, Alan Siegel, Mark Gill, Kurt Wimmer, Robert Katz.