Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) is a family man whose wife and daughter were 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. Against his will, Rice is forced 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 Shelton coolly admits his guilt. Then he issues a warning to Rice: either fix the flawed justice system, or key players in the trial will die. Soon Shelton follows through on his threats, orchestrating a string of ingenious assassinations from his jail cell.
What a silly film. What a silly plot.
- Law Abiding Citizen review by RP
What a silly film. What a silly plot: good guy sees family killed, is let down by a bad prosecutor and the justice system, waits 10 years, then takes revenge against both the killers and the lawyers – but does it all from within a prison cell because he's a rich technical genius...
There's a couple of nice gruesome bits, but the two most gruesome things are: the ending (very silly) and the acting (Jamie Foxx is awful). Sorry, but I didn't enjoy it and can't recommend it. 2/5 stars.