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DVD review by David Blackwell


DETAILS:  109 minutes, audio commentary, two featurettes, visual effects featurettes, trailers

VIDEO: 2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish


STUDIO:  Overture Films/ The Film Department/ Warp Films/ Evil Twins/ Anchor Bay Entertainment

RELEASE DATE:  2- 16-2010

LAW ABIDING CITIZEN is high production value thriller.  It revolves around the choices one man makes and how it affects another man who decides to use those choices against the first man.    The pacing keeps the viewer glued from start to finish.  It makes you think about the choices you make.  It isn’t about a lesson.   When you get to the bottom of it, LAW ABIDING CITIZEN is an entertaining thriller.


Gerard Butler is Clyde Shelton, a man who feels the justice system has let him down and he is set to bring it down since attorney Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx) made a plea deal with the man who killed Clyde’s wife and daughter.   Rice has Nick brought in and put in prison after Clyde kills the two men responsible for his wife and kid’s murders.   Nick has Clyde arrested and put in prison.  Clyde starts making demands and the consequences get harsher as Nick fails to agree to the terms.  Clyde is a brain- a thinker.  He plans ahead as Nick tries to outmaneuver Clyde.  


LAW ABIDING CITIZEN is full of good actors and great cinematography while using Philadelphia as another character.   Even though I guessed right what Clyde was planning, I enjoyed watching this film.



Audio commentary with Producers Lucas Foster and Alan Siegel


THE JUSTICE OF LAW ABIDING CITIZEN examines the law system with using the movie as an example.

LAW IN BLACK AND WHITE is a 15 minute behind-the-scenes featurette which reveals the story of making the film and that Gerard Butler was initially set to play Nick Rice before Jamie Foxx suggested Gerard play Clyde (and Jamie would be Nick).

PRELIMINARY ARGUMENTS shows the visual effects that were put into the film (with commentary by Producer Lucas Foster).

The trailer mash-up is the winner of an internet trailer contest.  Also on the disc if the original theatrical trailer for LAW ABIDING CITIZEN and previews for other releases on DVD (or coming soon) from Anchor Bay.


FINAL ANALYSIS:    LAW ABIDING CITIZEN is an excellent thriller.


This DVD review is (c)2-18-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com