Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

It’s gonna be Biblical!

I watched the 2009 Neo-Noir[1] film, “Law Abiding Citizen” on Netflix DVD. Traumatized by the atrocious murders of his wife and daughter (and the flawed justice system that set the killers free) Clyde Shelton gives in to his rage and sets out on a course of vengeance. It turns out that he is someone that shouldn’t have been wronged. The movie was directed by F. Gary Gray (The Negotiator, The Italian Job, The Fate of the Furious, Men in Black: International) from a screenplay written by Kurt Wimmer.

Wimmer also wrote Sphere, The Thomas Crown Affair, Equilibrium, The Recruit, Ultraviolet, Street Kings, Salt, Total Recall, Point Break, Children of the Corn, and The Misfits.

Filming began in January 2009 and took place in and around Philadelphia. Locations included Philadelphia’s City Hall, Girard Bridge, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Laurel Hill Cemetery, George W. Hill Correctional Facility, Farmersville, and the now-closed Holmesburg Prison[2].

  • Foxx, Jamie as Nicholas “Nick” Rice – (born December 13, 1967) Toys, The Truth About Cats & Dogs, Any Given Sunday, Minority Report, Stealth, Miami Vice, The Kingdom, Law Abiding Citizen, Horrible Bosses, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Baby Driver, Spider-Man: No Way Home, TV episodes of In Living Color, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Jamie Foxx Show, Chappelle’s Show
  • Butler, Gerard as Clyde Alexander Shelton – (born November 13, 1969) Tomorrow Never Dies, Tale of the Mummy, Dracula 2000, Shooters, Reign of Fire, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life, Timeline, The Phantom of the Opera, Beowulf & Grendel, Wrath of Gods, 300, Gamer, Law Abiding Citizen, The Bounty Hunter, How to Train Your Dragon movies, Olympus Has Fallen, 300: Rise of an Empire, London Has Fallen, Geostorm, Den of Thieves, Angel Has Fallen, Copshop, Night Has Fallen, TV episodes of Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married, The Jury
  • Davis, Viola as Mayor April Henry – (born August 11, 1965) Prisoners, Law Abiding Citizen, Get On Up, Suicide Squad, Widows, The Suicide Squad, The Unforgivable
  • McGill, Bruce as Jonas Cantrell – (born July 11, 1950) Handle with Care, F.I.S.T., National Lampoon’s Animal House, Silkwood, No Mercy, End of the Line, The Last Boy Scout, My Cousin Vinny, Cliffhanger, Timecop, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Exit Wounds, The Sum of All Fears, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, Matchstick Men, Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil, Vantage Point, Law Abiding Citizen, TV episodes of Miami Vice, MacGyver, Quantum Leap, Tales from the Crypt, Home Improvement, Babylon 5, Star Trek: Voyager, Law and Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, NCIS
  • Bibb, Leslie as Sarah Lowell – (born November 17, 1974) Private Parts, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Iron Man, Law Abiding Citizen, Iron Man 2, Zookeeper, TV episodes of Home Improvement, Just Shoot Me!, Popular, ER, Nip/Tuck, CSI: Miami, Kings, The League
  • Meaney, Colm as Detective Dunnigan – (born May 30, 1953) Die Hard 2, Dick Tracy, The Commitments, Under Siege, The Last of the Mohicans, Con Air, Law Abiding Citizen, Soldiers of Fortune, TV episodes of Remington Steele, One Life to Live, Star Trek: The Next Generation (Chief Miles), Father Dowling Mysteries, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Law & Order: Criminal Intent
  • Hall, Regina as Kelly Rice – (born December 12, 1970) Scary Movie (1-4), Superhero Movie, Law Abiding Citizen, Vacation, Shaft, TV episodes of Ally McBeal, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Second Generation Wayans, Married, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Grandfathered, Black-ish, The Gong Show
  • Kelly, Michael as Bray – (born May 22, 1969) Man on the Moon, Unbreakable, Dawn of the Dead, Law Abiding Citizen, The Adjustment Bureau, Chronicle, Now You See Me, Man of Steel, TV episodes of Level 9, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Kojak, The Sopranos, Generation Kill, Criminal Minds, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, Person of Interest, House of Cards (Doug), Taboo, The Long Road Home, Jack Ryan
  • Irby, Michael as Detective Garza – (born November 16, 1972) The Last Castle, Flightplan, Law Abiding Citizen, Faster, Fast Five, TV episodes of CSI: Miami, Line of Fire, CSI: NY, The Unit, NCIS: Los Angeles, 24, Lie To Me, Bones, Person of Interest, Elementary, Hawaii Five-0, Almost Human, Crisis, The Following, CSI: Cyber, True Detective, Rosewood, SEAL Team, The Expanse
  • Bart, Roger as Brian Bringham – (born September 29, 1962) The Stepford Wives, Hostel: Part II, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Law Abiding Citizen, TV episodes of The George Carlin Show, Bram & Alice, Desperate Housewives, CSI: Miami, The Event, Political Animals, Easy to Assemble, Revenge, How I Met Your Mother, Grace and Frankie, There’s… Johnny!, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Elementary, Blacklist
  • Stolte, Christian as Clarence James Darby – (born October 16, 1962) Public Enemies, Law Abiding Citizen, A Nightmare On Elm Street, TV episodes of Prison Break, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med
  • Itzin, Gregory as Warden Iger – (born April 20, 1948) Airplane!, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Airplane II: The Sequel, Teen Wolf, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Evolution, Law Abiding Citizen, Lincoln, TV episodes of Mork & Mindy, Charlie’s Angels, Voyagers!, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Max Headroom, Matlock, L.A. Law, The Nutt House, Night Court, Empty Nest, Over My Dead Body, Eerie, Indiana, Picket Fences, Something Wilder, Murder One, Caroline in the City, The Practice, Profiler, Strip Mall, Judging Amy, Friends, 24, Hannah Montana, The Mentalist, Covert Affairs, Big Love, Mob City
  • Young, Emerald-Angel as Denise Rice – (March 8, 1999) Law Abiding Citizen, TV episodes of The Naked Brothers Band, Life on Mars, The Good Wife
  • Corley, Annie as Judge Laura Burch – (born 1960) The Bridges of Madison County, Free Willy 3: The Rescue, Seabiscuit, Law Abiding Citizen, Faster, TV episodes of NYPD Blue, Without a Trace, NCIS, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Killing
  • Portnow, Richard as Bill Reynolds – (born January 26, 1947) Roadie, Desperately Seeking Susan, Good Morning Vietnam, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, Sister Act, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, National Lampoon’s TV: The Movie, Law Abiding Citizen, TV episodes of The Equalizer, Father Dowling Mysteries, Dinosaurs, Seinfeld, The Nanny, Mad About You, EZ Streets, The Sopranos, Boston Legal, Parks and Recreation, Elementary
  • Stewart, Josh as Rupert Ames – (born February 6, 1977) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Law Abiding Citizen, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar, Tenet, TV episodes of Dawson’s Creek, Dirt, Criminal Minds, Ghost Whisperer, No Ordinary Family, The Walking Dead: Cold Storage, Shooter, The Punisher

The score to “Law Abiding Citizen” was composed by Brian Tyler (The Final Cut, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, War, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, Rambo, Bangkok Dangerous, The Lazarus Project, The Final Destination, The Expendables,

Battle: Los Angeles, Fast Five, Final Destination 5, Columbus Circle, The Expendables 2, Iron Man 3, Now You See Me, Thor: The Dark World, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Expendables 3, Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Now You See Me 2, Star Trek: Enterprise).

I really enjoyed this movie, Gerard Butler was great and this was my favorite Jamie Foxx film. I love the mystery of how he was pulling off the revenge from jail. It was really great when he told off the judge in court. I will give the movie 4.5 out of 5 stars.

  1. Neo-noir is a revival of film noir, a genre that had originally flourished during the post-World War II era in the United States—roughly from 1945 to 1960. The French term, film noir, translates literally to English as “black movie” or “dark movie”, indicating sinister stories often presented in a shadowy cinematographic style. Neo-noir has a similar style but with updated themes, content, style, and visual elements. [Back]
  2. Holmesburg Prison, given the nickname “The Terrordome,”[1] was a prison operated by the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Department of Prisons (PDP) from 1896 to 1995. The facility is located at 8215 Torresdale Ave in the Holmesburg section of Philadelphia. It was decommissioned in 1995 when it closed. As of today, the structure still stands and is occasionally used for prisoner overflow and work programs. It was the site of controversial decades-long dermatological, pharmaceutical, and biochemical weapons research projects involving testing on inmates. The experiments and research conducted on prisoners soon influenced ethical standards that are used today in modern[6] research. The creation of the Nuremberg Code with the rule of informed consent was drafted based on this case as well as several others, like the Tuskegee experiments in Alabama. The prison is also notable for several major riots in the early 1970s as well as a report released in 1968, the results of an extensive two-year investigation by the Offices of the Philadelphia Police Commissioner and the District Attorney of Philadelphia documenting hundreds of cases of the rape of inmates. The 1998 book Acres of Skin: Human Experiments at Holmesburg Prison, by Allen M. Hornblum, documents clinical non-therapeutic medical experiments on prison inmates at Holmesburg. [Back]

Rotten Tomatoes
Netflix DVD

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: