Law Abiding Citizen (2009) - Action, Crime, Drama

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Breathtaking

A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free.

IMDB: 7.4
Director: F. Gary Gray
Stars: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx
Length: 109 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 46 out of 521 found boring (8.82%)

One-line Reviews (312)

The thrills do work, even if due to the viewer's confusion rather than anything else.

More of the same but still worth watching .

The moral dimension remains largely unexplored and most of the characters are so tedious that their death's represent nothing less than mercy killings.

Senseless, predictable, sloppy .

Amazing film with a predictable ending.

To tell you the truth, it really felt like there was no storyline; it was just about a guy killing off people who were involved with a particular incident.

If you have seen it - I hope you enjoyed it as much as I.

The result is an exciting, compelling action thriller with a pat and flat ending.

The character Jamie Foxx played wasn't a likable character even if he thinks he is on the right side of the law, he just doesn't give a crap about his client or even tries to be in the shoes of the victims but acts like it's just a poker game regardless of the case and goes about bragging about his 96% conviction rate and while thinking his life is fine and dandy, he was just mundane throughout the film.

Law Abiding Citizen is an adrenaline-pumping experience.

I was looking forward to this because I thought it was going to be a drama about an "every day guy" (as advertised) taking the law into his own hands after his family is brutally murdered, but instead it turned out to be about an unbelievable super spook somehow wreaking vengeance on all the wrong people in a truly ridiculous, boring and uninspired tale of misguided revenge.

Nevertheless, it's a movie well worth watching!

"Citizen" is not a brilliant deconstruction of American law, but it exposes it impressively and manages to make that concept turn into an exciting thriller.

An exciting concept of one man fighting the system so ruthlessly met an early, anti-climax.

The problem with the film is its operating in its own world where things happen because they are dramatically exciting rather then they make sense dramatically or even make the film remotely real world like.

Silly, implausible and entertaining.

To be completely and painfully honest with you, the only reason that I decided to watch this film when it came up in my Netflix suggestions is because I have been a Jamie Foxx fan for a long time, and have also found Gerard Butler's previous movies to be entertaining.

This film had some exciting moments and a good premise.

The story is fast and is extremely entertaining.

It is entertaining, thrilling and even smart at some points.

Law Abiding Citizen is an engaging off-the-wall thriller, providing great performances and some stone cold violence.

Law Abiding Citizen is an entertaining piece of throwaway cinema.

The film is gritty, violent and is enjoyable to watch.

OK so this is a rather intense thriller with Gerard Butler as the victim of a heinous crime turning him into a blind vengeful and dangerous murderer.

All that said I really enjoyed it.

Silly, stupid, and a waste of time.

I hated this movie, it was very contrived.

Just wanted to say that this movie kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time and is a really fun movie to go see with some friends.

To my way of thinking it is pretty entertaining while you watch things play out, but does require viewers to accept a number of genuinely contrived story points, that at best have slight degrees of realism and at worst are pretty much absurd.

All in all the movie had some great twists and mind blowing ideas to make it exciting!

A silly yet enjoyable popcorn muncher .

And therein lies a crucial problem with the movie: it's predictable.

I agree with a previous review that the recital is cliché.

My girl fell asleep several times and I kept torturing her by waking her up to endure this with me.

The film gets so insane, stupid and just crazy, you kind of get bored because it loses its credibility of being real.

enjoyed it very much...

It seems like they did test screenings and then altered the script/ending to please a focus group, which has resulted in an ultimately empty and unsatisfying movie experience.

The IMDb synopsis says that the wife is raped and murdered and the husband executes a torture/killing spree, even while in prison.

An intense movie that keeps you watching till the very end which leaves you wanting more from Foxx and Butler.

The film becomes a bit more intriguing as we see several intricately engineered murders(think FINAL DESTINATION meets Rube Goldberg)that protagonist Gerard Butler seems to be carrying out from inside prison walls.

Despite plenty of inventive mind-numbing violence on show, this film suffers from two major drawbacks in my opinion which restrict 'Law Abiding Citizen' from simply being an enjoyable action-thriller and instead turns F.

Gerard Butler and Jamie Fox star in this rather intriguing thriller which has been titled "Law Abiding Citizen" by it's makers.

Refreshing and entertaining movie .

No storyline - He is there to Kill and he Kills 4.

For me, as entertaining as it is and to a degree thought-provoking, ultimately Law Abiding Citizen becomes just too unbelievable to take too seriously at all.

The movie is intense, without chases and bursts, and no digital effects were necessary.

The story fast forward to 10 yrs later after the entire smug legal system that basically leaving the client behind and just basically telling him to shut up and the rampage begins with Clyde Shelton getting some payback and trying to take down the system with some cool twist and turns that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

I won't spoil the surprise, but it was simply too hokey and cliché to fully satisfy the curiosity that built throughout the entire movie, in my opinion.

I think there is a big market for film makers to prevent the sugar coated endings, give the anti-hero a win, give the audience a film worth watching from start to end, just give us something other than this kind of disappointment.

And one footnote, I personally am getting a little bit tired of the action movie cliché where a character sets of a timed explosive, walks away from it, the bomb goes off, and the character doesn't even flicker an eyelash as flames and debris fly around him.

Gerard Butler gives one of the most intense performances I've seen in a while.

It gets tiresome when we can figure the "winner" of the movie by figuring the biggest paycheck.

It was all too predictable for the murders, and completely out of proportion.

Nick the good guy (and a boring, inefficient one at that).

I enjoyed it.

The court scene and initial prison interrogation scenes are brilliant and you can really start to see where an intelligent scriptwriter could have taken this movie to a breathtaking level.

In the quest to make the movie suspenseful, the screenwriter made a few things a little bit ridiculous and unbelievable: like how the mayor of Philadelphia shut down the whole city because she was afraid of one criminal.

The movie was so exciting from the beginning to the end and i never get bored.

The score is too intense and interferes with the story.

It was action packed and full of twists and turns from start to finish.

So that's what prevented this movie from being a one star, because it's fun to watch exciting, suspenseful movies.

They say that sometimes, the unknown is much more intriguing than the known.

But if you're expecting an entertaining movie that delivers the goods, and tells a reasonable story, then you'll enjoy yourself.

Lots of special effects,and intense action scenes.

But the movie does slow and falter in the last third and some of it is downright disappointingly dull in its race to stop the onslaught.

When at the end we are supplied with the final twist, it is very unexpected and essentially puts the cherry on top of the icing on top of the cake that was an indescribably awesome film.

all this said , I gave it 6 out of 10 cause at least it did a good job entertaining and of course did OK in the box office.

Emotions run high in this fast paced adrenaline-fuelled film!

Despite being predictable and the trailers giving away too much, there are several entertaining action scenes here.

The invasion was pointless, there was no need to tie these people up just to kill them.

This begins a compelling narrative, that does occasionally throw up some genuinely unexpected twists.

very interesting and entertaining, haven't seen a movie like this in a long time.

The premise is compelling as it points out how the technicalities in the judicial system is standing in the way of the justice.

I was on the edge of my seat in the cinema!

i mean a movie's ending is pretty much what remains lodged in your head after you leave the theater ..it's like having sex and never getting to the climax.

This movie, while gripping, is wildly implausible.

Apart from the gripping tale, all to the end, it should've ended like this still keeping the audiences thoughts and mind bending towards evaluating that extenuating circumstances, in a man's life cannot be experienced until he is deep under waters.

The fact that he is alone in his cell is what frustrates everyone in the film and makes for exciting viewing for the audience.

However, I enjoyed it pretty much, because of its ambition of doing something different in the sub-genus "vigilante looking for revenge".

There are enough twists in the plot to keep you happy, and plenty of exciting and suspenseful scenes that will have you on the edge of your seat.

In conclusion, another entertaining action-movie which fails when it tries to be bigger than it can be.

" What empty platitudes.

The story puts a new after twist for the catalyst, and for it's originality factor, makes it a film that's super intriguing and exciting, if a little daring.

This movie really keeps you on the edge of your seat, and the main character Clyde really makes this movie something memorable and just extraordinary.

Full of action and adventure, Law Abiding Citizen is a well developed thriller with a fast paced rhythm that will keep you on the edge of your seat for almost two hours and with a completely unexpected ending.

To conclude, Law Abiding Citizen is a refreshing and fast paced roller-coaster ride for about an hour, until the cracks begin to show and it ends, leaving us, the audience, feeling rather ripped off.

Overall if your looking for compelling drama, great suspense, and Performances that will blow you away, this is the movie for you.

The film's mindless and confusing ending was the cherry on top of the cake for this turkey of a movie with Rice finally figuring out how Clyde was able to pull his evil plan off in part with him bing influenced by the writings of 19th Century German military genius and philosopher Von Clausewitz.

I truly felt sympathy for Clyde and found myself on the edge of my seat, anxious to see how the story played out.

Some scenes are seriously compelling.

I found the twists in the plot I didn't anticipate surprising, and when I knew exactly what was going to happen, I still enjoyed it because no one else in the theater did, based on their jumping out of their seats.

But rather than aim for offering a film of philosophical substance that might provoke thought and debate, writer Kurt Wimmer the man behind the ponderous, futuristic action thriller "Equilibrium" opts more for a slick, routine thriller which panders to those looking for gratuitous thrills.

Plus, I seem to remember the film becoming really confusing by the end, either that or it was so damn stupid that it seemed to confuse me.

The film is credibly unpredictable and watching Clyde toy with Nick is fairly interesting.

I had high expectations for this film to be entertaining...

it was entertaining.

They take Clyde into custody and a pointless game of cat and mouse begins.

This movie was a cleverly designed thriller that was mostly enjoyable and didn't shy away from death which I admire.

Forgettable, but enjoyable.

It wasn't a dumb film but it just wasn't plausible, but despite it being implausible it was sure entertaining.

it keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

Still enjoyable.

many tips of the hat in this film: for example the slow deliberate stabbing during the home invasion (hello Saving Private Ryan), the paralysis and chop up of the baddie (hello Dexter) to the elaborate deliberate vengeance of Clyde (hello Seven).

This movie really keeps you on the edge of your seat, and the main character Clyde really makes this movie something memorable and just extraordinary.

It is a moderately exciting thriller with a good handful of action thrown into it.

There are somethings that are fresh in this flip-flopped revenge flick and it keeps its newness quite entertaining and engaging for most of this audience pleasing poke at authority and the system.

Despite all this, Kurt Wimmer (the man responsible for the hideously underrated Equilibrium and the just plain hideous Ultraviolet) manages to still make the story entertaining and interesting enough to sustain the audience for the entire ride.

Banal Drivel .

This way, the story can be kept unpredictable and amusing than targeting government officials as sitting ducks and saying that it's not a vengeance.

Super entertaining revenge thriller, with a twist .

Gary Gray, you get enjoyable fast paced thriller.

It is so gripping and all scenes are well connected .

I will admit that I was surprised by that twist, but a lot of what leads up to it feels very mundane.

In away this was a good thing for me to have the sad boring stuff out of the way to make way for the good stuff.

There is great action, thrilling suspense, and an incredible plot hole.

Also, when it comes to the storytelling, you can see where the film is leading to miles away; the film is very predictable.

Entertaining action-thriller starring two of the biggest stars in Hollywood, Gerard Butler and Jamie "Give me that role, I can make pigs fly" Foxx.

Overall it is quite thrilling and entertaining.

Got spoilt a bit with the 'how' as it is way too far fetched but nevertheless really enjoyed it.

I thought this was a very good and entertaining action film, my only qualm was with the ending.

A flawed, but entertaining piece of throwaway cinema .

This solid, engaging, and powerfully gripping thriller contained some minor weaknesses at the beginning of the movie as well as a less than potent psychological wow factor that could have propelled this movie into a superior movie.

It has many flaws, but Law Abiding Citizen is still worth the watch and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good crime film if you ever see it on television and have some time to kill.

So dislike ending but the way he handles things makes movies enjoyable.

Full fledged police state propaganda follows with random police checkpoints and warrantless searches.

An entertaining thrill ride with a disappointing end!!!.

I saw this movie couple days ago and i really found it so exciting.

The movie is an exciting and violent film and one wonders if the adage is indeed true.

If you want to see something that is highly suspenseful, will keep you on the edge of your seat, and includes 2 very unique and questionable characters, then you must see this movie.

Starting out quite effectively this movie all too quickly spirals down into boredom and involuntary comedy.

The movie is good, suspenseful, and dramatic.

This is where, despite it being incredibly interesting and entertaining, the film is lacking a bit.

), however the ending was so idiotic and contrived it almost ruined the movie for me.

At least this way it was reasonably successful and enjoyable.

Very enjoyable, very refreshing, and a change of pace with the Apocalyptic thrillers out right now, and of course "Avatar".

But it was intense, entertaining, and I would recommend it.

The violence is blood thirsty, the action is tense, although the movie isn't fully justified in its last sections, it delivers making up for the odd slow points in the movie.

With all of the negatives said, I still enjoyed it.

The movie has some outright implausible plot devices, but it is entertaining, and even predictable shots are handled with such deft that they still shock.

I'd like to recommend this one for you so if you're looking for an entertaining thriller crime movie you will definitely like this one.

Everything about this character is pretty cliché.

All that being said, this movie is thoroughly enjoyable and I will watch it every time I see it on tv.

Disgraceful Propaganda!.

Finally again another entertaining movie that was fast paced and full of emotions.

the movie is well done, keeps you on the edge, you never know what to expect, and you want more.

I have to hand it to the filmmakers, they really weave together quite a tale, putting Foxx in a sticky situation, his lawyer questioned for letting his egotistical desire to keep his criminal record intact over the possibility of taking his client's advice and engaging the person on trial in a court battle.

Both have exactly same plot..What can I say, a thrilling remake of a great manga.

An enjoyable thriller that's worth watching .

It was very frustrating to see him in such poor movies as (Nimm's Island- Rockn'roll- the ugly truth..)especially after his overwhelming performance in Phantom of the Opera, and the intense character of Leonidas in 300, and why not ,the role in "a butterfly on a wheel"..).Please give the guy some good scripts, his acting can be so intense.

Thoroughly Enjoyable - Smart Entertainment .

Don't waste your time .

What a shame, what a confusing and ridiculous ending.

But this still is a very enjoyable movie and I recommend it.

Entertaining, fast-food movie.

As far as story goes this one is somewhat predictable.

And the Italian JOB, Peter Collinson's remake, very entertaining as well.

This is a story about a man taking revenge on the fact that the person who raped his wife and murdered his family, got away with a very light prison sentenceI think the main character's (Gerard Butler) motivations are well explained and it is intriguing in the sense it does make you wanna know what will happen next (30 mins into it, you might have thought it was the end).

This is an interesting movie with some fascinating story lines.

and was unpredictable.

Don't waste your time on this dumpster fire.

Just Words cannot define this movie as its mind blowing!!

So predictable, so Hollywood.

It asks a series of compelling questions about the morality and ethics of our criminal justice system and the personal accountability of those who work in that system.

From the first second to the last, Law Abiding Citizen is a very good and very tense action thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

All in all, Law Abiding Citizen is not an intelligent movie, and it is certainly not for the squeamish kind, but I enjoyed it.

let's say it is subparIt is stil a quality film with a decent and intriguing plot line.

Law abiding citizen will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, jumping out of your seat at parts.

Clyde's 10 years of plotting and planning, and reading the law, makes for a riveting scene and dialog.

Even though, as the movie went on, it started becoming more unrealistic, it was still a very entertaining watch.

Again, morality aside, this movie succeeded in being suspenseful.

Worth watching!

A cold, soulless, illogical, by-the-book factory made up of bored and overworked people that treat justice "like it's an assembly line.

The fact that it all ends up being quite predictable doesn't help, either.

The acting by all is quite good/The film has flaws BUT it is exciting & enjoyable.

The way Gerard goes about his task with impunity is very engaging and compelling, because, all along, we can understand his angst at not getting justice.

i had watched the taking of Pelham 123 the other day and it was the same as this movie it was intense throughout every scenethe move had a good storyline and a good ending and i gave it an 8 out of 10 for its very intense movie.

It turns out to be an intriguing oddity, instead.

A gripping thriller, Despite the ending .

In fact, this film is stupid and pointless and appeals to the very worst in people.

Throughout the movie, you're wondering how Shelton is able to accomplish his violent deeds while in solitary confinement - really, the only thing the movie has going for it - but when you find out his secret, it's so mundane and eminently avoidable that you wonder what all the fuss was about.

The opening sequence has gained some tongues wagging for how nasty and shocking it is, and while it's certainly not nice, the film really picks up it's mean spirited side more towards the end, by which time it's gotten even more silly and unbelievable, and boredom has inevitably set in.

Butler did something bold and original here, which indicates that he is more than the typical Hollywood actor (a la Keanu Reeves) and that the writers for once actually gave some thought to making this character not only intelligent, but subtle and intriguing.

Good entertaining movie - Just enjoy it for the action .

Its an intriguing, fast pace piece of entertainment throughout.

Sounds thrilling?

For me it's an intense thriller experience which explores the two main characters (Played by Butler and Foxx) in great depth.

Some might say that it's poetic justice that he dies as a direct result of his own device, but I just feel that it's the formulaic Hollywood cliché that the bad guy has to go down in the end.

What do you get when you combine 2 of the world's most talented and intense actors of all time?

Overall it's a fairly clever, well paced gripping thriller slightly let down with the clichéd ending.

If the movie had been more about the justice system, it might have been more entertaining.

We nearly walked out then.

How he somehow manages to kill people while he's locked up is a mystery, but that's what makes the film so damn entertaining.

Go watch this, if Jamie Foxx and police propaganda do not bother you, and if you like movies that contain rape torture and gore.

Gray could have worked this into something much more entertaining if it left its BS moral complexity at the door.

In summary, in spite of its fails, I had a very entertaining time watching this movie.

I figure though, that experiencing the worst movie of all time, is a special occasion, if nothing else.

Unfortunately, as entertaining as the film is, much of it leaves something to be desired.

If you want to see something that is highly suspenseful, will keep you on the edge of your seat, and includes 2 very unique and questionable characters, then you must see this movie.

After his 3rd victims, he (I may say the script writer) has become uncreative and predictable which make me feel like watching another episode of "Law and Order" TV series.

Intense.

Pluses: Decent first half with good actionMinuses: Predictable plot with no thrills and the dumbest climax5/10 from me...

It is still enjoyable though, just don't expect corn to taste like caviar.

The plot's the familiar, formulaic sort involving a man who's family are murdered right in front of him, only to see justice fail him and for him to return ten years later with vengeance on his mind.

A film with an intense story line that will keep anyone gripped and wandering what will happen next.

Good start to the movie, the intense violence and gore (which I normally don't prefer) set the correct tone for the movie.

The way the film is shot and the sound effects make this an intense movie.

LAW ABIDING CITIZEN has all the makings of an entertaining revenge thriller .

I won't go into details as to what the loopholes are, cos if we analyse it too much, we tend to forget that this movie, at its core, has an original and compelling storyline, somewhat a mix of Seven and The Bone collector.

Gerad's acting was phenomenal throughout the movie, and the story was thrilling and intelligent.

And for the most part, it is a pretty entertaining film.

I thought this was a great movie - very entertaining and you don't know where the twists will take you.

Sometimes doing the same thing over isn't necessarily a bad thing, as long as you do it in an entertaining manner.

This movie was entertaining and better than I thought it would be.

Director F Gary Gray (The Italian Job) teams with writer Kurt Wimmer (The Recruit) to provide one fascinating character (Butler) and his nemesis - the wasted opportunity played by Jamie Foxx.

Just impossible intelligence, impossible success, and impossible luck, no message of real subsistence attached.

The implausibility however, is dragged to red-alert, when we realise that Clyde only has a couple of people who he should really be punishing - so we are forced to endure a supposedly moral man bump off lawyers for the sake of making the movie last more than thirty minutes.

it's the kind of film you watch and enjoy immensely during the running time, but then after the film has finished, you wonder why you enjoyed it so much, and question the realism of the film and the probability of how much of the film is believable.

Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, and everyone else in this movie do superbly well with an engaging action thriller.

So much plot and suspense building, and in the end it all got blasted like a balloon, with nothing happened and no aftermaths.

An intriguing concept that ends up lacking purpose.

I enjoyed this, worth watching.

Unfortunately, the last quarter of this movie is so trite, so ill conceived, and so utterly ridiculous that for me, it does spoil the movie.

Unfortunately, Law Abiding Citizen manages to be boring AND ridiculous.

action packed, suspenseful the first time around, lots of good twists, good storyline for the most part, and even some good acting.

With each chapter, the plot gets more contrived and less believable.

The only thing I wished for after witnessing this dreary affair was to get my two hours back.

The story was engrossing, and Gerard Butler played the grieving, justice-seeking father (Clyde) perfectly.

There aren't a great number of "good" enjoyable movies out right now, but this one was very entertaining.

Since the movie is about Clyde Shelton's fantasy and not about anything real, it features many unlikely and fantastic (but nonetheless entertaining) twists and turns that could only be found in a revenge fantasy.

Be advised: This is a profoundly intense movie!

If you want a riveting movie that twists and turns and really keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout then Law Abiding Citizen is the perfect choice.

You will be on the edge of your seat from start to finish the acting is good,the story is good and the moral,well what would you do?

It has you on the edge of your seat.

Very intense movie .

It's not a great movie by far, but if you want to kill some time with a fairly entertaining film, this should suffice as the new film of the week.

It feels like it was an intriguing idea to start that gets tapped out far too quickly.

Overall, this movie redeems itself by the end of the movie along with some intense gripping emotional roiling scenes that can be directly attributable to a tough and smart script.

And, given the aura of total unbelievability involved, I found it dragged on and on.

Movie is so good and it is really enjoyable and it is maybe too god for this ratings .

It is a great movie worth watching; I've watched it twice and still love it – just be prepared that the ending may not meet your expectation.

It tries, it fails, and it's still enjoyable .

Gripping Thriller.

You are on the edge of your seat to find twists and turns, only to discover that Butler dug tunnels into every cell in prison, solitary cells, to do his evil deeds.

The first is the repetitive nature of the film's structure which eventually follows the increasingly boring narrative route of a dubious moral confrontation between Clyde (Butler) and Nick (Jamie Foxx), followed by an elaborate death sequence.

Entertaining if occasionally implausible thriller .

Keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time.

" The slow dawning on Nick that maybe, just maybe, there is something more important than his career and that is what Clyde is showing him with all the mayhem.

The action was non-stop throughout with unexpected twists which I happened to only catch the second time I watched it.

Law Abiding Citizen was a fairly entertaining watch for me, mainly due to the masterful performances from Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler.

It was so unpredictable the whole time.

The opening attack scene was predictable and generic.

" This is an enjoyable thriller and it's well worth the money.

Simply because I could not predict (most of the time) what would happen in the next scene, I enjoyed it.

Get ready to waste your life away if you are going to watch this movie.

It is a good film to pump up adrenaline with, and to match wits with the writer.

And I don't speak of the violence, bloody and unbearable torture sequences.

Gary Gray keeps things moving at a nice pace for the most part and if you can accept Butler's channeling of Mel Gibson and some of the things that Shelton is able to do from inside a jail cell, it's a pretty entertaining ride.

This intellectually-engaging theme sets the stone for the film's strongest point.

great movie but predictable ending .

The actors are great and it is thrilling all the way through!

ending should've been gripping.. kinda like this.. .

Ten years pass, and Ames is being executed by lethal injection, but whereas the process would normally be quick and painless, with the three doses in a certain order, the order is changed making his death slow and painful, he suffers in death.

A Ridiculous but gripping thriller.

The basic plot was kind of already-seen-story, but the whole concept was very unique with some unexpected and original twists.

Summarizing, this film is very entertaining, will probably give you a good time and the ending won't be that disappointing.

I think it succeeded in being suspenseful.

You leave the theater with mixed feelings about the ending (mostly bad feelings).

He's a vacuum of talent, an empty space in the middle of the movie surrounded by other, better, more seasoned performers.

It is also a little confusing as to who we are routing for.

what starts as an intriguing *serious* injustice-revenge story turns stupid...

The film started well and appeared promising in the first half.. but then it lost itself in little details and it's credibility collapsed by the minute.. The ending appeared predictable, and made one think why loose 90 mins with this ?

its a solid action packed thriller that gives you,at least me goosebumps most of the time...

It's an ambitious film, but in that sense and also in trying to be both entertaining thriller and social commentary, managing to succeed at one and come awfully close with the latter.

Instead of the boring classic of a person killing with guns or fists, they spruce it up to a more interesting matter.

I'm voting this down, but I still pretty much enjoyed it.

This movie was really intense!

On the other hand, it's highly entertaining, even exhilarating at times.

If you can just look beyond this gaping plot hole (and the pretty high violence and gore quotient), this film does have its engrossing points.

What makes this film particularly entertaining is its relentless pace.

I cannot recommend this film, but if you can live with the impeding deceit and insult to your intelligence that will inevitably arrive, then it is an engaging and at times quite original take on the revenge genre.

Since making the ultra entertaining 300 Gerald Butler has become a star and an in demand actor.

Besides this fatal flaw, there are also the ways in which he exacts revenge, which become increasingly nonsensical and boring as the film progresses.

It keeps the audience on the edge all along the movie.

It keeps you on the edge of your seat, in suspense and wanting more.

Each Character has their fair amount of being the good guy, but both were more of the bad guy, a very confusing aspect to a thriller.

My favorite actor is Gerard Butler and that is what makes it very exciting for me.

Fascinating take on the modern justice system quite unlike the black and white renderings of same that appear on television on half a dozen syndicated crime shows.

For awhile until it gets repetitive and dull.

From this point, LAC takes you on a roller coaster ride though the story that keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat right up until the end of the movie.

Pros: Original and brutal story, good use of gore, stunning ending, interesting philosophical questions asked, fast pacing, and good actingCons: An overlong runtime and some dry actingOverall Rating: 8.0

It is very cliché, Hollywoodesque wrapping on what could be a serious picture.

Wouldn't reprisal have represented a more compelling reason?

It's a basic action / thriller movie where you don't need to think really about what you're seeing, you kind of tag along for the ride, I enjoyed it, others might not depends on what you're excepting.

If this film was ballsier and ambiguous I would have given it a higher rating, but despite that it was a entertaining one and you won't feel cheated while watching it in theaters it just ain't a deep movie.

The both made the movie intense and jumpy in some scenes.

One of the worst movies ever made – endless stupidity and nihilism .

The film is entertaining, doing just what it needs to do.

But at the same time there was enough to make the movie intense and enough that you could feel some justice in Clyde's family's deaths.

The movie has several twists and turns that will keep you guessing, and on the edge of your seat.

The premise was well in intentions, but the ending left me with an empty unsatisfying feeling.

This movie falls right in line with that anti-American propaganda...

Directed with flair and attempting moral ambiguity but ultimately generic and kind of bland.

I'm more of the psychological thriller type, but I decide to go after checking out the screenwriter, Kurt Wimmer, and watching the trailer where a couple cars blow up and flip—always fascinating for me from a crew POV.

- The interaction and banter between Gerard and Jamie is very entertaining and often humorous in a humorless situation.

This film is a fast-paced thriller guaranteed to keep everyone on the edge of their seats wanting more.

More maddening (albeit very intriguing) is the absence of some things most films would find key.

this movie was incredible and i highly recommend it to anyone that doesn't get offended with violence or vulgar language.

He really took it over the edge, and the quote that my friends and I are saying since then is "It's going to be biblical" They really make each scene one for the books with creative ideas and thrilling scenes that keep you wondering what will be in store.

Never-the-less, there are some brilliant performances and a very entertaining fresh story kept me glued to the screen for the entirety of the movie.

once the movie trails along it got more and more intense.

Gary Gray directs 'Law Abiding Citizen (2009)' with flair - an early scene intercutting a botched execution with a child's cello concert is cinematically interesting if out of place - and the script itself has enough to keep you engaged -the beginnings of an intriguing morality-play buried beneath its messier outer layers - that you won't forget it immediately.

Overall: Yes it's far fetched, yes its ridiculous, but this is a gripping and very entertaining thriller supporting some strong leads and providing some god-damn decent carnage.