History Film / LawAbidingCitizen

14th Nov '15 11:19:51 PM nombretomado
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** RogerEbert also thought this about [[spoiler: Colm Meaney's character.]]
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** RogerEbert Creator/RogerEbert also thought this about [[spoiler: Colm Meaney's character.]]
9th Nov '15 1:46:56 AM MadSpy
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** The reason he's sentenced and his partner is effectively let off is a piece of evidence was contaminated by a CSU during the investigation, and all the admissible evidence is suppressed under Fruit of the Poisonous Tree doctrine. The problem with this is, Fruit of the Poisnous Tree only applies to evidence collected through rights violations, and more often than not it only applies to any confession made by the defendant. A piece of evidence contaminated during investigation of the crimescene isn't applicable.
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** The reason he's sentenced and his partner is effectively let off is a piece of evidence was contaminated by a CSU during the investigation, and all the admissible evidence is suppressed under Fruit of the Poisonous Tree doctrine. The problem with this is, Fruit of the Poisnous Poisonous Tree only applies to evidence collected through rights violations, and more often than not it only applies to any confession made by the defendant. A piece of evidence contaminated during investigation of the crimescene crime scene isn't applicable.
18th Oct '15 10:07:02 PM TARINunit9
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* BestServedCold: Clyde spends ten years plotting his revenge (He says it's not about revenge, but it's definitely at the route of it) [[spoiler: against the entire justice system.]]
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* BestServedCold: Clyde spends ten years plotting his revenge (He (he says it's not about revenge, but it's definitely at the route root of it) [[spoiler: against the [[spoiler:the entire justice system.]]
17th Oct '15 11:32:20 AM marcoasalazarm
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* AndSomeOtherStuff: No-one's specific about what chemical Clyde used to make the lethal injection more painful.
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* AndSomeOtherStuff: No-one's specific about what chemical Clyde used to make the lethal injection more painful.painful (although the BodyHorror that it creates implies that it's some sort of acid).
30th Aug '15 6:56:23 PM Sestren_NK
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Alphabetical order stuff
* AnArmAndALeg: Clyde cuts off Darby's fingers, limbs, penis, and head in succession.

* AnArmAndALeg: Clyde cuts off Darby's fingers, limbs, penis, and head in succession.
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* AnArmAndALeg: AndSomeOtherStuff: No-one's specific about what chemical Clyde cuts off Darby's fingers, limbs, penis, used to make the lethal injection more painful. * AntiHero: Nick doesn't care nearly as much about justice as he does about his conviction rate. His flaws and head in succession.mistakes may have created the villain but he still tries to protect the innocent as best as he can. * AntiVillain: Clyde. * AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:Nearly half the main cast dies by the end, including Shelton]].

* AndSomeOtherStuff: No-one's specific about what chemical Clyde used to make the lethal injection more painful. * AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:Nearly half the main cast dies by the end, including Shelton]]. * AntiHero: Nick doesn't care nearly as much about justice as he does about his conviction rate. His flaws and mistakes may have created the villain but he still tries to protect the innocent as best as he can. * AntiVillain: Clyde.
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* AndSomeOtherStuff: No-one's specific about what chemical Clyde used to make BackwardsFiringGun: [[spoiler:When Darby realises the lethal injection more painful. * AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:Nearly half 'police officer' is Clyde, he pulls the main cast dies by trigger on the end, including Shelton]]. * AntiHero: Nick doesn't care nearly as much about justice as Glock he does about took off his conviction rate. His flaws and mistakes may have created gunbelt. The Glock is not only unloaded, but pulling the villain but he still tries to protect trigger releases needles in the innocent as best as he can. * AntiVillain: Clyde. grip injecting Darby with a paralysing neurotoxin.]]

* BackwardsFiringGun: [[spoiler:When Darby realises the 'police officer' is Clyde, he pulls the trigger on the Glock he took off his gunbelt. The Glock is not only unloaded, but pulling the trigger releases needles in the grip injecting Darby with a paralysing neurotoxin.]]

* ExternalCombustion: [[spoiler:Clyde plants remote-control car bombs ''inside'' the gas tanks, where a search won't find them. The protagonist is ForcedToWatch as the woman he mentored struggles to escape from a vehicle with sabotaged locks as the other cars explode one by one, before her car also blows up.]] * MrFanservice: Clyde, due to being played by Creator/GerardButler.

* FaceDeathWithDignity: Clyde
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* ExternalCombustion: [[spoiler:Clyde plants remote-control car bombs ''inside'' the gas tanks, where a search won't find them. The protagonist is ForcedToWatch as the woman he mentored struggles to escape from a vehicle with sabotaged locks as the other cars explode one by one, before her car also blows up.]] * FaceDeathWithDignity: Clyde[[spoiler:Clyde.]]

* FaceDeathWithDignity: ClydeMrFanservice: Clyde, due to being played by Creator/GerardButler.

* FaceDeathWithDignity: ClydeHarmfulToMinors: Rice's daughter puts on what she thinks is a DVD of her ballet recital, but it's actually a DVD of Shelton torturing Darby to death.

* HarmfulToMinors: Rice's daughter puts on what she thinks is a DVD of her ballet recital, but it's actually a DVD of Shelton torturing Darby to death.

* HarmfulToMinors: Rice's daughter puts on what she thinks KarmaHoudini: Nick Rice is this as his desire to have a DVD of her ballet recital, but it's actually a DVD of spotless conviction record was the last push that drove Shelton torturing Darby into madness and thus indirectly responsible for all the deaths including the innocent ones but gets to death.walk away unharmed when people far less guilty died. ** [[spoiler: There is also the napalm bomb trick at the end-even with extensive evidence about Clyde being the man responsible for the attack, [[FridgeLogic Nick ''did'' entered Clyde's "base" without a legal warrant and allowed the man to die, even tricking him to activate the device that killed him]]. The last scene is him calmly enjoying his daughter's violin recital that same night, with no telling of how his decision to "[[PrecisionFStrike fuck]] (Sheldon's) rights" will fly with the governor and the Fruit of the Poisonous Tree articles.]]

* KarmaHoudini: Nick Rice is this as his desire to have a spotless conviction record was the last push that drove Shelton into madness and thus indirectly responsible for all the deaths including the innocent ones but gets to walk away unharmed when people far less guilty died. ** [[spoiler: There is also the napalm bomb trick at the end-even with extensive evidence about Clyde being the man responsible for the attack, [[FridgeLogic Nick ''did'' entered Clyde's "base" without a legal warrant and allowed the man to die, even tricking him to activate the device that killed him]]. The last scene is him calmly enjoying his daughter's violin recital that same night, with no telling of how his decision to "[[PrecisionFStrike fuck]] (Sheldon's) rights" will fly with the governor and the Fruit of the Poisonous Tree articles.]]

* TheUnseen: [[spoiler:We never see Sarah's boyfriend.]]

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* TheUnseen: [[spoiler:We never see Sarah's boyfriend.]]
26th Jul '15 5:16:20 PM marcoasalazarm
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* HalfwayPlotSwitch: Played with: while regular "revenge" movie structure would have Darby survive for a long(er) time because of sheer luck, MagnificentBastard HiddenDepths or being connected to a bigger criminal conspiracy of some type, he (and Ames) dies ''very'' early and the movie instead focuses on Clyde's [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope progression]] into an InUniverse RealLife "super-villain", mustache-twirling included.

** Another one to Nick, "It's not what you know it's what you can prove in court"
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** Another one to Nick, "It's not what you know know; it's what you can prove in court"court".

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** Another one * JustEatGilligan: The CIA agent that meets with Nick and Cantrell points it out in the simplest fashion possible: as long as Clyde is alive, he's a threat to Nick, "It's not what you know it's what you can prove everybody, and they should just walk into his cell and shoot him dead ASAP. By the time Nick goes around to pull an act in court"the spirit of the tip (the [[spoiler: napalm bomb switcheroo]]) and decides to no longer give a damn about the legal repercussions, the body count at Clyde's hands is pretty extensive.

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** Another one [[spoiler: There is also the napalm bomb trick at the end-even with extensive evidence about Clyde being the man responsible for the attack, [[FridgeLogic Nick ''did'' entered Clyde's "base" without a legal warrant and allowed the man to Nick, "It's not what you know it's what you can prove in court"die, even tricking him to activate the device that killed him]]. The last scene is him calmly enjoying his daughter's violin recital that same night, with no telling of how his decision to "[[PrecisionFStrike fuck]] (Sheldon's) rights" will fly with the governor and the Fruit of the Poisonous Tree articles.]]
14th Jul '15 3:41:31 AM Leaper
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Misuse of a trope, amongst other things.
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:Nealy half the main cast dies by the end, including Shelton]].
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* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:Nealy [[spoiler:Nearly half the main cast dies by the end, including Shelton]].

* DisproportionateRetribution: This film could have had this trope name for its title. Clyde watches the murder of his wife and child, and Rice cuts a deal (against Clyde's wishes) that sends the accomplice to death row and the real killer back to the streets. Ten years later, Clyde gets his revenge (including a bonus punishment for the already-condemned man), then tries to destroy the entire US legal system, all while leaving Nick alive so he can witness the devastating consequences of a difficult-yet-justifiable decision made a decade ago. He also [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope kills a lot of people]] [[MisplacedRetribution who had little to nothing to do with the deal]], including Nick's assistant.
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* DisproportionateRetribution: This film could have had this trope name for its title. Clyde watches the murder of his wife and child, and Rice cuts a deal (against Clyde's wishes) that sends the accomplice to death row and the real killer back to the streets. Ten years later, Clyde gets his revenge (including a bonus punishment for the already-condemned man), then tries to destroy the entire US legal system, all while leaving Nick alive so he can witness the devastating consequences of a difficult-yet-justifiable decision made a decade ago. He also [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope [[SlowlySlippingIntoEvil kills a lot of people]] [[MisplacedRetribution who had little to nothing to do with the deal]], including Nick's assistant.

** Alternatively, it's a deconstruction of revenge thrillers. Instead of reveling in the VigilanteMan pursuing his own brand of justice, once he quickly succeeds in JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope we find ourselves rooting for the people within the system trying to put a stop to his out-of-control RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
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** Alternatively, it's a deconstruction of revenge thrillers. Instead of reveling in the VigilanteMan pursuing his own brand of justice, once he quickly succeeds in JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope SlowlySlippingIntoEvil we find ourselves rooting for the people within the system trying to put a stop to his out-of-control RoaringRampageOfRevenge.

* HypocriticalHumor: Nick keeps leaving his cell phone on while in court with a certain judge. While in a meeting with her later, her cell rings, and he calls her on it. [[spoiler:Turns out there's a bomb in the phone.]]
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* HypocriticalHumor: Nick keeps leaving his cell phone on while in court with a certain judge. While in a meeting with her later, her cell rings, and he calls her on it. [[spoiler:Turns out there's a bomb gun in the phone.]]

** One judge scolds Nick repeatedly for not turning off his cell phone. [[spoiler: She was killed by a bomb in her cell phone, which she hypocritically answered during a meeting with Nick.]]
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** One judge scolds Nick repeatedly for not turning off his cell phone. [[spoiler: She was killed by a bomb gun in her cell phone, which she hypocritically answered during a meeting with Nick.]]

* LaserGuidedKarma: Less than 10 seconds after displaying flagrant contempt for duty, the rules and even the Constitution itself [[spoiler: a bomb goes off directly in the judge's ear.]]
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* LaserGuidedKarma: Less than 10 seconds after displaying flagrant contempt for duty, the rules and even the Constitution itself [[spoiler: a bomb gun goes off directly in the judge's ear.]]

* StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred: Potentially Clyde's motive (well, it's either that or he's genuinely an OmnicidalManiac). Particularly suggested by this exchange;
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* StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred: Potentially Clyde's motive (well, it's either that or he's genuinely an OmnicidalManiac). Particularly suggested by this exchange;exchange:

* WellIntentionedExtremist: On one hand, Clyde Shelton is sympathetic he watched his wife and daughter get brutally murdered before his eyes, then watched the thug who did it get off with a slap on the wrist. On the other hand, that doesn't give him an excuse to [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope kill uninvolved, innocent people]].
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* WellIntentionedExtremist: On one hand, Clyde Shelton is sympathetic he watched his wife and daughter get brutally murdered before his eyes, then watched the thug who did it get off with a slap on the wrist. On the other hand, that doesn't give him an excuse to [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope [[SlowlySlippingIntoEvil kill uninvolved, innocent people]].
15th May '15 5:43:34 PM Peridonyx
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Among other things, Clyde gets nude to ensure the likely trigger-happy SWAT team busting him knows he's unarmed, he studied law for years prior to prepare for his subsequent plea-bargaining, and he [[spoiler:bought enough land near the prison to ensure he could preemptively dig an escape route under it]].

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** [[spoiler:Clyde dies via his own bomb, courtesy of Nick's own CrazyPrepared moment.]]

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* XanatosGambit: If Clyde doesn't get busted, good, but if he does, [[spoiler:his escape route under the prison means he literally MightAsWellNotBeInPrisonAtAll.]] ** Nick later has his own: [[spoiler:if Clyde doesn't trigger his bomb, good, but if he does, Nick snuck it from city hall into Clyde's own cell.]]
17th Apr '15 8:57:51 AM Peridonyx
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** Subverted with Ames--yes, he helped Darby rob the Sheltons, but the guy invoked EvenEvilHasStandards against harming them, even trying to stop Darby.
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** Subverted with Ames--yes, he helped Darby rob the Sheltons, but the guy Ames invoked EvenEvilHasStandards against harming them, even trying to stop Darby.
17th Apr '15 8:56:40 AM Peridonyx
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** Subverted with Ames--yes, he helped Darby rob the Sheltons, but the guy invoked EvenEvilHasStandards against harming them, even trying to stop Darby.
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