January 23, 2013
Law Abiding Citizen
How strong is our correctional system? Does it really do what it was created to do? In Law Abiding Citizen, the cracks of the justice system are revealed and put to the test. Gerard Butler (Clyde Shelton), who is one of the lead roles, is the character that defies all odds and tests the correctional system.
In the beginning of the movie, Clyde was invaded in his own home by Clarence Darby and Rupert Ames. His wife and daughter were raped and murdered while he survived, but feeling hopeless and worthless as he was forced to watch. The culprits were caught, but with paying a price. Nice Rice (Jamie Foxx) was Clyde’s district attorney, who made a plea bargain with Darby to let him walk if he testified against Ames. As any normal person, Clyde was extremely furious because he wanted both men to pay for what they did to his family. When Clyde realized he was not going to get the justice he wanted, he decided to take it into his own hands.
No one was aware of Clyde’s capabilities he was trained to do the impossible, what some would call an “assassin.” Everything Clyde did from this point on were just very little details in his master plan. From start to finish, Clyde never looked back, trying to reveal to all the injustices in the correctional system.
It all began with Clyde getting his revenge on the two who killed his family, Ames and Darby. After Darby testified, Ames was given the death penalty. One would think it would be lethal injection, quick and painless, Clyde had other plans. He had switched out the usual barbiturate, muscle relaxers and potassium chloride and replaced it with more lethal, slow acting, and more painful poisons. Once this was done, he moved onto Darby, the one he really wanted to pay. Clyde lures Darby away into a field when Darby grabs Clyde gun but little does Darby know the gun is a trap. Clyde says “This... Tetrodotoxin. Should be nicely into your...