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Help me understand the ending (spoiler)

Posted by G993 - Monday, October 19th, 2009

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Ok... at the end of the movie, why does the lawyer give him a chance to choose.... either way isnt he going to be sentenced to death?? did the lawyer give him the choice to be free n drop all the charges if he did not press call?? if so then why did he say "i dont make deals with murders"? What im trying to understand is what if he didnt blow the bomb what would the outcome have been??

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Posted by G996 - Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

wtf?! he saved a couple hundred lives!! just made him realize he was as bad as the guy who killed his family

Posted by G10077 - Tuesday, August 25th, 2015


why are you supporting the cop? you p*^%## of sh##@%

Posted by G1002 - Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

I thought this movie was incredible until the end. He should've gotten away with destroying the flawed justice system. I hope the dvd has an alternate ending.

Posted by G1014 - Saturday, October 24th, 2009

the reason the lawyer said I don't make deals with murderers, and it made him smile, was signifying that the lawyer had truly learned his lesson and if he could do it all over would not have made that deal with Darby... The fact of the matter is that no one had any real proof on him. It wasn't up to the lawyer to let him go, but eventually with the flawed court system still in place he could have walked free. You could argue that the skewed confessions would have been enough to execute him or put him away the rest of his life, but he could always plead insanity and the overwhelming occurrence that happened to his family would be enough to make anyone crazy.

Posted by G1026 - Monday, November 02nd, 2009

Plus butler didnt want to live without his family any more anyway, mostlikely would have taken is own life after he proved his point to fox... once he heard that he that he finally learned the lesson butler was stressing from the beginning butler was done and finished because thats all he has left to prove basically ... only disclaimer i thought was there was no way enough time for them to get the bomb out of the court room and into his cell, butler being so smart should have noticed something being up as his character, and would not have let the bomb its self wouldnt have been that easy to move

Posted by G2055 - Thursday, March 04th, 2010


i couldnt agree with you more. i think he should have not only survived and was set free but killed the mayor and all those people and the cop and lawyer (jamie foxx) but that is just my opinon

Posted by G2906 - Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

thank you!! finally someone agrees with me

Posted by G10366 - Monday, May 08th, 2017

Law abiding citizen

I agree

Posted by G1027 - Tuesday, November 03rd, 2009

he gave him a warning. the choice was obvious, if he pressed the button, he would be killing himself, literally.

Posted by G1035 - Sunday, November 08th, 2009

Was it just me or did Fox break into his warehouse with a crowbar? Now when Butler returns he did not notice there was a crowbar hole in his bay door? Serious, why do they make guys who are so detail oriented so oblivious.

Posted by G1122 - Thursday, December 10th, 2009


I found it odd that when Shelton came "Back to Prison" he didn't find anything odd about it ( before the actual cell scene ). Also i cant imagine how Nick Rice moved the bomb so rapidly, my question is how did he place it in the cell, i doubt he moved it up the ladder and prisons dot tend to be so nice as to allow napalm brought through their gates. Also another weird thing is the actual bomb. You mean they wanted us to believe that it could be moved so easily ? if someone ran into it by mistake...that must of passed through Shelton's mind. All in all i have to admit i enjoyed the movie and it was many times better than what I've seen this year. PS: I was pro Clyde all along. I hate those mischievous and lying twatts that "govern" and "serve" us, the people. KUDOS CLYDE :))

Posted by G1183 - Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

I thoroughly agree. I was looking for redeeming qualities in Jamie Fox's character the whole movie and there were none. Also, for as detail oriented as Clyde was during the movie I think it was an extremely LAZY ending. Honestly, as somebody who knows a bit about explosives, there are all kinds of things you can do with a bomb to make it tamper proof. The most idiotic thing was drilling into a bomb made by a super genius. Honestly. He could have had all kinds of things in there to make it go off.How can a horrible abortion of a movie like "Quarantine" have the balls to have a bad guys win ending and a movie that was teetering on cinematic awesomeness fall into "ehhhhh" category by not pulling the trigger on insane genius wins?

Posted by G1246 - Thursday, January 07th, 2010

I don't get how he did it so fast,either. But the bomb was hidden in a suite case,so that's who they got it in there.

Posted by G1245 - Thursday, January 07th, 2010

I think the movie was good. I think the ending was bad. The guy who Jamie Foxx played should have died,because he made the deal early considering all he cared about was winning the case. So,he made the deal,only caring about his 99. whatever winning percent. I love gerard bulter though (:

Posted by G1458 - Friday, January 29th, 2010

Movie review

I watched this movie last night and I loved it right up until the end. I would have loved for Fox's character to be killed but in the end they kept repeating "it's a decision you have to live with for the rest of your life." Clyde was saying this as a result of Fox's characters decision not to fight for his family. Fox's character was able to become DA but he had to lose everything around him to get there. He had to witness murders of friends and colleages. He didn't work himself to the top it was given to him by Clyde and it's a constant reminder of how he messed up years ago. He has his family, but ultimately he is responsible for all the murders and deaths of everyone. He didn't support Clyde's wishes to fight for his family and in the end he is responsible for the death of Clyde. and now he needs to wake up everyday thinking about what happened.

Posted by G1923 - Thursday, February 25th, 2010


What the movie wanted us to assume was that Bulter had to go through all the road blocks and the tunnel but Fox could have a chopper fly him in to the prison so that they could empty out the part of the prison so as not to cause harm to guards or prisoners, the prison itself had already been compromised with all the tunnels and would need the repair work anyway, also all the explosions in the yard did not help. If they had given us the clues that Fox was bringing the bomb back it would not have been a surprise. As far as the fact that Butler should have noticed things when he was coming back, true but as you remember he was in a bit of a hurry and he could have been over confident and cocky, he was a spy brain probably did not do a lot of field work previously. I loved the judge gettin' it, i yelled out in the theater and clapped, and yes Butler shoulda won and we should send copies of this movie to all judges and layers so they can know that the citizens have spoken!!

Posted by G2097 - Sunday, March 07th, 2010

Sticking with the plot

The ending was a complete departure from the rest of the story.

Clyde was out to destroy the corrupt system, not just kill people. He also believes that everyone should pay for their action, including himself. He would have planned his own punishment for the "innocent" people he killed (lawyers and cell mate). The video of the mayor suggesting bending or breaking every law to achieve her goals, plus video of the District Attorney saying "fuck his civil rights" while he broke in and performed an illegal search, plus the police lock-down of the city would have led to riots if released to the public. If the DA could be provoked into killing an unarmed man in a jail cell, it would have made it even worse.

The ending that would fit would be: Clyde is shot to death in his cell by DA, The "bomb" turns out to be fake, the videos of the Mayor, and DA are released to the press, the public rises up and topples the corrupt system and goes after the DA for murder.

Posted by G2471 - Friday, March 26th, 2010


I didn't watch it but I'm hearing it while my mom and dad are watching it.

Posted by G2959 - Saturday, April 24th, 2010

i understand how a lot of people think the ending is bad.

The lawer gave him a chance when the lawyer says, "i don't do deals with murders" he is pretty much saying i learned my lesson and this needs to end, but the main actor feels he still has a lesson to teach by taking down the "corrupt" judical system. In my personal oponion the ending is fitting because the actor got revenge on the lawyer by killing friends and people who worked with the laywer and helped make a deal with the murders. By destroying the city hall, the mayor, and all the people at the meeting what kind of lesson is he teaching? Did they make the deal with the murders? no, they did not. he already got revenge on the laywer and everyone that was part of the deal the lawyer made. To sum it up the main actor was getting carried away and was going to kill innocent people part of the court system. But, at first i was mad also because i felt the guy was getting revenge and it was amazing how he was doing it. although, i started to realize he was getting carried away. Hope this helped!

Posted by G3011 - Monday, April 26th, 2010

Just watched this movie and the ending fuckd me up, I was ready to tell people to watch this movie, but that ending just ruined it, its not like I dont see that Clyde Shelton did win, but atlest he could have made a video where he rubbed it in face that he made him the layer he should have been, taking down the killer instead of making deals with them. As I see it Clyde became a killer so bad, that the law just couldnt make deal and lock him up, now they had to stop him, and Nick did what he should have done from the start, stop the murderer at any cost!

Posted by G4654 - Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Folks here got it right. Shame the filmmakers didn't.

Aside from the obvious "he'd never fail to have better security on his own op", more important is the waste of the finish. The Henry Gondorf-esque mastermind would have the mayor's conference about stomping all over the Constitution on broadcast TV. He'd have exposed the hypocrisy of the "break any rules" cops and DA to the public. And/or driven the cop to shoot him at the end, with THAT recorded such that the COP then went to prison.

The ending felt like a panicked Hollywood ending, bolted on when they lost the stones to follow through on a dark but brilliant concept.

Instead it is as stupid and disappointing as T-Rex coming in and saving the defeated "heroes" from the velociraptors. That bozo Spielberg didn't have a hand in this did he?

Posted by G5895 - Friday, December 03rd, 2010

Would of been better if the female AD was the accomplice and the tip from Chester was from Gerard Butler. It would of been one of those Kaizer Soze endings.

Posted by G9193 - Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Great film, one of my all time favorites, didn't see anything coming, I actually believed he had an accomplice, and that it was the blond AD. I was one of them people hoping he would blow up the major at the end,just to make his point even more heard. but I'm glad he died because he set out to do what he wanted, and had nothing eles to live for. And keeping Jamie foxx alive, he finally listen and agreed with what clyde was saying, and now has to live the rest of his life, haunted with the fact he played a massive part in the death of his friends and work colleagues, by bargining with murderers

Posted by G9508 - Monday, October 14th, 2013

why the hell the bad lawyer that make deals with Murdures rapest and all kind of bad ppl. win at the end (he change hes mind in end ? so fucking what... it remove that he done in past ? criminals who got free by him still could do the same crimes )so why only batler die and not both of them or both on jail or something equal (i tell you why cus the writer was BAD, bad bad end)

Posted by G10156 - Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Great Movie indeed, Bad ending indeed.

Posted by G10344 - Monday, February 13th, 2017

Men that killed butler family seemed like it was personal to me or hired by someone didnt seem random. Liked the cat n mouse game between fox n butler. The ending to me was perfect especially when butler realized he was bout to b erased.

Posted by G10361 - Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Somebody had to help him get fake ID's and operate that mechanical bomb robot. How did it get all the way to the funeral undetected? Don't they still watch you in solitary confinement? How was he able to slip off for that long?

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