Law Abiding Citizen

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

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Character mistake: In the court scene Clyde mentions a case, Day v McDonough docket number 04-1325. This is a real case, but the docket number is 04-1324.

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Plot hole: Inmediately after Jamie Foxx finds the bomb in the city hall, and he says, "We don't tell the mayor anything", we see Gerard Butler arriving to his property next to the prison, and finally he enters his jail cell. So, in the time between Gerard Butler's arrival to the property and his entrance to the jail cell, Jamie Foxx thought about a plan, picked up the bomb, passed through the traffic and security checkpoints, talked to the warden to get access to the prison, entered solitary, handcuffed the bomb, and still had time to wait for Gerard Butler's arrival.

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Factual error: When Clyde is first arrested, he is taken to a prison and put in with the general prison population. People are taken to jail before going to prison. Only after you're convicted do you go to prison. In fact, he wasn't even charged with a crime when taken there.

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mrnew

Continuity mistake: When Nick and Clyde are talking outside the prison fence, Clyde's mouth is bleeding after Nick hit him. In the next clip there is no trace of blood. Even if he has tried to wipe his mouth with his hand (which we don't see) there would be some blood visible.

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Jacob La Cour

Plot hole: When Clyde leaves the building that he has planted the bomb to kill the Mayor and the rest of her party, he goes to his van, watches a TV feed of the meeting, then puts the van into gear and moves off. Only problem is, he didn't actually switch on the ignition, and no, Clyde didn't leave the van left switched on either, he's meticulously planned the whole operation, and isn't likely to chance his one means of escape by allowing it to be so easily stolen, and any suggestion that he'd be able to leave the van running with 'conspicuous police security' is a nonsense, as that would draw more attention to the van, something Clyde SPECIFICALLY would not want.

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GalahadFairlight

Factual error: The co-ordinates given by Clyde Shelton: 39° 57' 4"N 75° 10' 22W as the place to find Mr. Reynolds, is the corner of 19th and Sansom Street in Center City (1919 Sansom, to be exact, which is an apartment complex), the downtown area of Philadelphia. The scene actually takes place underneath of the Betsy Ross Bridge, about 8 miles northeast of the coordinates.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Nick is flown by helicopter to find Mr Reynolds, the helicopter changes registration from N94PD in flight to N95PD when they land.

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KaiGywer

Plot hole: Clyde enters his cell in the final scene, and is surprised to find that he has been found out. His secret tunnel, if we go according to the characteristics accredited to his character throughout the movie, is surprisingly without any alarms of any sort. Very strange if we are to believe he is as deadly as credited. He ends dying a very silly death.

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Continuity mistake: When Darby is running from the police and heading for the police car you can see the exhaust emitting from the police cruiser tail pipe. When he gets in the car he says start the car and you can see Clyde turn the ignition/keys and the engine starts of an already idling vehicle.

00:20:35

igoozok

Other mistake: After killing his inmate, notice the blood on the inmate's neck is present in great amount. After camera changes, the blood is only on the shirt, the neck is clean with no holes nor coagulated blood.

00:51:00 - 00:51:45

Factual error: During the lethal-injection scene, an executioner is plainly visible to the witnesses through a broad glass window in the death chamber. He is shown flipping toggle switches in-sequence to release the sodium thiopental, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride that comprise the lethal drug cocktail. For one thing, in modern Western culture, an executioner is never visible to the witnesses. For another thing, there is no "executioner," per se, flipping toggle switches in the lethal-injection process. The component drugs are loaded into the death machine in advance, and it automatically releases the drugs via a pre-set timer.

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Charles Austin Miller

Factual error: In the scene when the police are heading to Clyde's house to arrest him, this tactic is highly unrealistic. In real life, when a person is simply a suspect in an investigation, the police do not all drive to the suspect location with lights and sirens going. This loses the element of surprise. They didn't even know if he was home, anyway.

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Anthony Lemons

Visible crew/equipment: This is only visible in the unrated version and not the theatrical version due to different shots. When Clyde is stabbing his cellmate, a crew member is visible in the left side of the screen for a second.

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Other mistake: After Darby shoots the arriving police cars he flees over the buildings' roofs. All roofs are totally covered with snow except for the path Darby takes - prior takes mean there's hardly any snow on that route.

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Suggested correction: You are assuming residents of the apartment complex aren't using the rooftop. In many cities, people make access to rooftops, especially children, and they would create a path in the snow. Darby may have simply found it as a path of the least resistance to use for escape purposes.

Anthony Lemons

Audio problem: As Shelton is about to drive away from City Hall, we see him operate a lever on the steering column of the van and we hear the familiar sounds of a transmission shifter clunking through a few settings into "Drive". The problem is that he used the lever on the left side of the column, which is the turn signal lever. The transmission shift lever is on the right side of the column. In reality, Butler used his left turn signal before steering left into the travel lane, and the sound editors added the shifter sound to try and cover the fact he's never actually seen putting the van into gear in the scene.

01:31:50

johnrosa

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