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Law Abiding Citizen

The system must pay. 

Year: 2009 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 18 Cert – Not suitable for under 18s 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by F. Gary Gray 
Starring: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Colm Meaney  
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Inventor Clyde Shelton (Butler) has his whole world torn apart when his wife and daughter are murdered. The two killers are brought to trial but, without testimony from either of them, there is not enough evidence for a conviction and both will go free. Nick Rice (Foxx), a young and ambitious District Attorney concerned only with his conviction rate, makes a deal with one of them: In exchange for his testimony, one will get ten years in prison while the other will be executed. This is not enough for Shelton, who loses not only his family but also his belief in the system.

Ten years later, the killer is released and promptly winds up murdered. The prime suspect is Shelton, who is quickly arrested. He makes the startling threat: make a deal with me or I’ll keep killing. Contained within a cell, this seems impossible, but one by one everyone connected with the case keeps dying... Shelton’s had ten years to plan his revenge and he's going to make sure it's a blast!

From Leonides in 300, to Kable in Gamer, and even Mike Chadwell in The Ugly Truth, no one plays a man’s man quite like Gerard Butler. On form as ever, he is believable as both a loving father and as a man out for revenge. Jamie Foxx’s character is delightfully morally ambiguous; defying easy pigeon-holing as either a clear-cut ‘good’ or ‘bad’ guy. Coupled with his natural charm, try as you might, you’ll find it impossible not to like him. The battle of wits between him and Butler is really the driving force behind the film and keeps the suspense high.

This film is the perfect way to give your mind a break from a hard day of studying. Sit back, get comfortable, and watch the fireworks!

Natalie Tyldesley

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Screenings of this film:

2009/2010 Spring Term (35mm)