Law Abiding Citizen is a 2009 action film. It’s main characters are portrayed by 2 of today’s most prominent stars Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx . Set in 1999 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this movie tells the story of an honest working father and husband turned killer in search for revenge when his life is suddenly and drastically changed overnight. This was an excellent film, in my opinion. The movie had much to say about real-life legal issues. It opens the eyes of many to our not so justice justice system. It shed some light on situations that happen in America quite often; the bad guy is let off too easy. Clyde Shelton, played by Gerard Butler, is an upstanding husband and father whose wife and daughter were brutally raped and murdered in front of him during a break in. When the suspects were caught, well known district attorney Nick Rice, portrayed by Jamie Foxx, was assigned to the case. Due to a flaw in the system, Nick is forced to offer one of the suspects a much lighter sentence in exchange for testifying against his accomplice. Ten years after this the suspect who was let off easy is found dead and Clyde Shelton coolly and calmly admits his guilt. He then Sent out a warning to Nick saying either Nick fixes the flawed justice system that failed him and his family, or every single key players in the trial would die.
Clyde, the once family man, had turned into a brilliant sociopath. Once behind bars he wasted no time following up on his threats. He began orchestrating a number of diabolical and well thought out murders that law enforcement could not predict nor prevent from occurring, all from behind the walls of a jail cell. The only person that can stop Clyde’s string of killings is Nick Rice and in order to do so he must outsmart this brilliant sociopath. As his methods are uncovered it become apparent that Clyde is a very clever man with remarkable resources. The tables turn when Clyde gain access and threats to kill Nick’s family. He then finds himself in a desperate race against time to stop this once upstanding citizen. The acting is this movie was flawless. But nothing less would be expected from the big stars featured in the film. The casting director was a genius. The actors in this film brought the story to life and made it believable. It was incredibly suspenseful and kept me on my toes. Gerard Butler did an amazing job at getting viewers to sympathize for the sociopathic character he portrayed. Its not easy getting people to like the bad guy.
Even the supporting roles were played by some of the great actors of today like Regina Hall and Viola Davis. The music in the film serves several purposes that are both important on the emotional side of the movie and also enhances the storyline.The music in a film is used to represent the emotion of the scenes. The background music was one of the major components to this movie’s suspense. The right music was played at the right time. An example of this would be Engine No. 9″ by Deftones which was played on Clyde’s iPod while he is eating his steak in his cell. This movie brought another element to the movie. It changed the mood of the scene to match what was going on at the time in the film. Even the orchestrated music in the background of the scenes intensifies the suspense of the scenes.
Overall the film was well worth my time. It was full of action and suspense. The quality of the film, to me, was superb. Everything from the acting, set, music, to the script, and the costumes were spot on. This movie opened my eyes to some of the things our justice system needs to greatly improve on. I enjoyed the well thought out storyline and how everything unfolded. It kept my attention and kept me eager to see what would happen next. As crazy as it is to think, situations where murders and rapers get light sentences and minor time for crimes bearing life sentences happen more frequently in our country than we may believe. It just goes to show that there are flaws in the system that can potentially do more harm than help. I would recommend this movie for other potential viewers. It is a nail-biting thriller that everyone just see at least once.
First of all, the ideal citizen is a religious man, of whatever religion or denomination he may be. All world religions emphasize duty to God, to one's neighbor and to oneself. in the last analysis, the only real reason for displaying good qualities, when it is often natural to display bad ones, is that it is God's will that we should. The danger of religion is bigotry; only false religious observance can result in riots, political and personal hatreds, or the by-gone excesses of the Spanish Inquisition. Secondly, the citizen has three basic duties to him or herself. The first is to acquire the best possible education, not necessarily for employment purposes only, but also that a positive contribution may be made to the community. Even basic literacy enables a villager to write to his local council about a social problem, or to express a political view, in a letter to the newspaper of unselfishness and self-control, if only for the reason that such a person's actions and views are respected. Of not least importance is the ability to work hard and intelligently. Hard work has a good formative value on character as well as being the essential ingredient in personal success.
So far, we have looked at man or woman as individuals, but we must next see him in family life. Almost all societies see the family as the basic unit in their own structure and do everything possible to uphold it. The ideal citizen is a family citizen. He and his wife are nurtured by the family relationships, and their responsibilities should bring out the best in them. Their children, if carefully brought up, will be a future asset to the community. Their home should be a happy and free place, but guarded by mutual respect, courtesy and consideration, qualities which will be carried thence into the outside world.
An ideal citizen's third major quality must be respect for the law of the land in which he lives. Democracy is based on the rule of law but can only be maintained, provided there is a vast majority of law-abiding citizens. All forms of law-breaking and delinquency must be shunned, and the real training for this comes far more from the home than from the school. If children know their parents are honest, and demand honesty of them, they are more likely to grow up honest themselves. But responsibility does not end here. Hospitality and good-neighborliness, virtues typical of the East, are essential contributions to happy community life, in city as well as in village; wealth, however desirable, should never be pushed at the expense of outside kindness and generosity. An additional quality found n good citizens, is the desire to improve the life of the local community. This can involve a variety of contributions, from voluntary social work to sitting as a magistrate.
Finally, the ideal citizen has an undoubted responsibility to his country. Whatever his views on war, in peace, he accepts the protection of the armed forces and the police. Given a just cause, and no alternative to war, he should, therefore, be ready to fight in his country's defense, though personally, he will shun war as a means of settling international disputes.
Such then is a good Malaysian, a good Singaporean, a good Briton, or a good American. Nobody ever achieves the ideal, but the world would become a far better place, if more people tried.