History YMMV / LawAbidingCitizen

28th Apr '17 1:04:14 PM Peridonyx
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* UnintentionallySympathetic: Ames. Sure, he's a robber, but he still tries to save Shelton's family because EvenEvilHasStandards. And yet he gets DisproportionateRetribution from both the system '''''and''''' Shelton (UngratefulBastard much?), and the movie tries to paint him as equally an AssholeVictim as [[TheSociopath Darby]].
** Darby's lawyer as well. He's even more of a DesignatedVillain than Ames (who's actually a criminal), yet the movie tries to paint him as an AmoralAttorney who deserves to be BuriedAlive.
27th Mar '17 4:49:40 AM MagBas
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*** Though some would argue that a monster like Darby was simply getting the kind of punishment he deserves. Gruesome fate for a gruesome individual.
16th Oct '16 12:34:56 PM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: Clarence Darby rapes Clyde Shelton's wife, murders her, [[BatterUp savagely beats Clyde with a baseball bat]], and then [[WouldHurtAChild murders Clyde's young daughter]]. They don't even show the audience that scene; it's so horrible. He just takes her into the next room. The line "Don't worry...kids like me." could hint that he raped the girl too. He also attempts to murder Clyde. He proceeds to lie, saying that his partner did it (when, in fact, the partner had tried to talk him out of it), and subsequently laughed his head off when he hears about his partner's agonizing death.

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* CompleteMonster: Clarence Darby rapes stands in stark contrast to the [[AntiVillain relatively sympathetic]] Clyde Shelton's wife, murders her, [[BatterUp savagely beats Clyde with a baseball bat]], Shelton. Darby starts Clyde's StartOfDarkness when he and then his accomplice, Rupert Ames, rob his home. Darby [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rapes]] and kills Clyde's wife before [[WouldHurtAChild murders Clyde's young daughter]]. They don't even show murdering their daughter]], all while Ames [[EvenEvilHasStandards yells at him to stop]]. In court, Darby lies and says Ames did it, resulting in Ames being sentenced to death while Darby get a slap on the audience that scene; it's wrist. When Clyde sabotages Ames's execution so horrible. He just takes her into the next room. The line "Don't worry...kids like me." could hint that he raped the girl too. He also attempts to murder Clyde. He proceeds to lie, saying that his partner did it (when, in fact, the partner had tried to talk him out of it), dies a slow and subsequently laughed his head off painful death and frames Darby for it, Darby chuckles when he hears about his partner's agonizing death. Ames's painful death on the news, and shoots at the police when they try to arrest him. He's about to murder an officer [[ForTheEvulz for no reason]] before it turns out to be Clyde in disguise, who tortures and kills Darby.
9th Oct '16 1:09:18 PM Silverblade2
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* CriticalDissonance: [[http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/law_abiding_citizen/ Compare the critical and audience scores on Rotten Tomatoes.]]
1st May '16 8:00:28 AM Psyga315
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* UnfortunateImplications: The line "Fuck his civil rights" can ''really'' rub people the wrong way and give them the wrong impression, as it more or less implies the law is pretty corrupt and will throw ordinary people to the wolves if need be, as [[http://www.flickfilosopher.com/2009/10/law-abiding-citizen-review.html one review]] points out:
--> "''But if Law Abiding Citizen wants to be a story about an ordinary man — Shelton — who takes back a power he believes has been given up to those in charge — Rice — a power those in charge have abused, why is it ultimately espousing a route that would do nothing but give those in authority even more power over ordinary people? If Shelton’s civil rights are fucked, then so are yours and mine.''"
17th Mar '16 8:33:24 PM creader
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* NightmareFuel: Ames being injected with acid, Darby being paralyzed and dismembered, and Darby's lawyer from a decade ago being BuriedAlive.
6th Jan '16 3:48:04 PM Dragon101
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: For most of the movie, we are led to believe that Clyde is getting away with his crimes because he has someone helping him on the inside. [[spoiler: When we find out that he has no help, and that he has a tunnel system that takes him from his solitary confinement cell to wherever he wants to go to carry out his crimes and back again before anyone notices, many thought him having a partner was better and made more sense, and this twist broke many a suspension of disbelief. If ANYONE checked up on him while he was out committing his crimes, he would have been exposed, plus it means he carried out highly elaborate and sophisticated murders, many of which required precision timing ''and'' a level of improvisation, entirely by himself, when again a partner would have been more plausible.]]
30th Aug '15 6:57:18 PM Sestren_NK
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: This feeling hits home for viewers who become increasingly disillusioned with Clyde's actions halfway through the film. Clyde starts off as sympathetic, but he eventually becomes worse than the madman (Darby) who sparked off his rage in the first place. As for the attorneys and lawyers on the other side, they're [[StrawmanPolitical immoral strawmen made to look as corrupt as possible]], except for Cindy, [[spoiler: who dies thanks to Clyde]]. When one realizes Clyde's hypocrisy reaches the level of [[{{Franchise/Saw}} Jigsaw]] it's impossible to root for anybody. See BlackAndGrayMorality.

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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: This feeling hits home for viewers who become increasingly disillusioned with Clyde's actions halfway through the film. Clyde starts off as sympathetic, but he eventually becomes worse than the madman (Darby) who sparked off his rage in the first place. As for the attorneys and lawyers on the other side, they're [[StrawmanPolitical immoral strawmen made to look as corrupt as possible]], except for Cindy, Sarah, [[spoiler: who dies thanks to Clyde]]. When one realizes Clyde's hypocrisy reaches the level of [[{{Franchise/Saw}} Jigsaw]] it's impossible to root for anybody. See BlackAndGrayMorality.



*** And for those who think that all of Clyde's victims were {{Asshole Victim}}s in some way or form, the final straw is when [[spoiler: Cindy becomes one]].

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*** And for those who think that all of Clyde's victims were {{Asshole Victim}}s in some way or form, the final straw is when [[spoiler: Cindy Sarah becomes one]].
30th Aug '15 6:24:26 PM Sestren_NK
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*** And for those who think that all of Clyde's victims were {{Asshole Victim}}s in some way or form, the final straw is when [[spoiler: Cindy becomes one]].
17th May '15 1:28:20 AM erforce
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: This feeling hits home for viewers who become increasingly disillusioned with Clyde's actions halfway through the film. Clyde starts off as sympathetic, but he eventually becomes worse than the madman (Darby) who sparked off his rage in the first place. As for the attorneys and lawyers on the other side, they're [[StrawmanPolitical immoral strawmen made to look as corrupt as possible]], except for Cindy, [[spoiler: who dies thanks to Clyde]]. When one realizes Clyde's hypocrisy reaches the level of [[{{Film/Saw}} Jigsaw]] it's impossible to root for anybody. See BlackAndGrayMorality.

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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: This feeling hits home for viewers who become increasingly disillusioned with Clyde's actions halfway through the film. Clyde starts off as sympathetic, but he eventually becomes worse than the madman (Darby) who sparked off his rage in the first place. As for the attorneys and lawyers on the other side, they're [[StrawmanPolitical immoral strawmen made to look as corrupt as possible]], except for Cindy, [[spoiler: who dies thanks to Clyde]]. When one realizes Clyde's hypocrisy reaches the level of [[{{Film/Saw}} [[{{Franchise/Saw}} Jigsaw]] it's impossible to root for anybody. See BlackAndGrayMorality.
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