Death Sentence

Death Sentence

4.0 6
Director: James Wan

Cast: James Wan, Kevin Bacon, Garrett Hedlund, Kelly Preston

     
 

Part vigilante drama and part psychological thriller, the James Wan-directed Death Sentence stars Kevin Bacon as Nick Hume, a deceptively passive exec whose wife and children are attacked in a sadistic, gang-related hazing rite, and his oldest son killed. Hell-bent on cold-blooded vengeance, Hume pulls a See more details below

Overview

Part vigilante drama and part psychological thriller, the James Wan-directed Death Sentence stars Kevin Bacon as Nick Hume, a deceptively passive exec whose wife and children are attacked in a sadistic, gang-related hazing rite, and his oldest son killed. Hell-bent on cold-blooded vengeance, Hume pulls a Bronson by tagging each of the perpetrators, then tracking down and rubbing out each one, with the help of formidable, blue-steel artillery. Aisha Tyler co-stars as the homicide detective who first agrees to assist Hume in his mission, then begins to edge up to the conclusion that the unstable father himself might be responsible for the nasty crimes against his family. Kelly Preston co-stars as Bacon's wife, Helen Hume; the cast also features John Goodman (The Big Lebowski), Leigh Whannell (Saw), and Matt O'Leary. Ian Jeffers loosely adapted Brian Garfield's popular 1975 novel.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
After a long absence, Hollywood finally delivers a fitting return to exhilarating gritty B-movie gusto in Death Sentence, a modern retooling of the Death Wish model that holds a legitimate link to the seminal stepping-stone of '70s tough-guy cinema. Delivering first-rate dramatics through the heightened eye of a director looking to impress, this adaptation of Brian Garfield's novel (itself a sequel to the first Death Wish book) is both stylish and far more emotionally real than many of its pedigreed predecessors. At the heart of the film is Kevin Bacon, in a role that tests the actor at every turn as the tragic tale of a man that tests his moral compass when pinned up against the wall by random tragedies, a system gone wrong, and a maniac with a hefty grudge. At the helm is none other than James Wan, far from the flashy Saw as well as the empty atmosphere of Dead Silence, the young Australian director shows that he has a lot more up his sleeve than just a ridiculous deep-voiced puppet (who of course makes a cameo appearance via a spray-painted mural). With the help of a few expertly staged action scenes -- including one bravura Brian De Palma-inspired shot in a parking garage -- Wan wins a great deal of respect thanks to the balance he strikes between frantic intensity and calculated technical wizardry, all the while never losing focus on the performance of his main actor. Exploitation-wise, the focus isn't on the brutal act that propels the story as in past revenge films, but as an entertaining and excessively gory release through the thrilling Taxi Driver-esque "one-man-with-a-shotgun" raid on the villain's hideout. Unfortunately, Death Sentence suffers from a poorly placed soundtrack that nearly ruins a few key moments in the film, either by the use of a stereotypical angelic songstress or through one particular sad tune that unfortunately rears its head in not one, but two integral points in the picture. Still, there's little doubt that revenge-lovers will come away pleasantly surprised at the craft and class that's in store for them here.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2008
UPC:
0024543491873
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:51:00

Special Features

Includes both theatrical and unrated movie versions; Fox Movie Channel presents: Making a Scene; Fox Movie Channel presents: Life After Film School With Kevin Bacon; Behind-the-scenes webisodes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Bacon Nick Hume
Garrett Hedlund Billy Darley
Kelly Preston Helen Hume
Aisha Tyler Detective Wallis
John Goodman Bones Darley
Jordan Garrett Lucas Hume
Stuart Lafferty Brendan Hume
Edi Gathegi Bodie
Matt O'Leary Joe Darley
Leigh Whannell Spink
Hector Atreyu Ruiz Heco
Kanin Howell Baggy
Dennis Keiffer Jamie
Freddy Bouciegues Tommy
Casey Pieretti Dog
Rich Ceraulo Owen
Elizabeth Keener Amy
Yorgo Constantine Michael Barring
Juan-Carlos Guzman Sammy
Judith Roberts Judge Shaw
Aqueel Hasan ER Doctor
Kendrick Cross Armed Guard
Shontelle Thrash Bank Teller
Michael Burgess Cop 1
Nick Battiste Cop 2
Kristina Sipes Nurse
Jay Amor Dock Rat
Desiree Markella Pointing Cook

Technical Credits
James Wan Director
Ashok Amritraj Producer
Deborah Aquila Casting
Howard Baldwin Producer
Karen Baldwin Producer
Jack Ballance Set Decoration/Design
Julie Berghoff Production Designer
Kristin M. Burke Costumes/Costume Designer
Mike Cavell Sound Mixer
Albert Cho Asst. Director
Charlie Clouser Score Composer
Bruce Crouch Sound Mixer
Jonathan S. Gaynor Sound/Sound Designer
Nick Hamson Executive Producer
Ian Mackenzie Jeffers Screenwriter
Michael Knue Editor
John R. Leonetti Cinematographer
John Leonetti Cinematographer
Eric Mitchell Co-producer
Nick Morton Executive Producer
Thom Owens Camera Operator
Rosa Palomo Art Director
Michelle Silverman Musical Direction/Supervision
Jennifer Smith Casting
Steve Smith Sound Mixer
Michael St. Hilaire Camera Operator
Andrew Sugerman Executive Producer
Lars Sylvest Executive Producer
Tricia Wood Casting

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Death Sentence
1. Main Titles/Happy Family [:22]
2. Order in the Universe [:14]
4. My Son [:12]
3. Random Violence [2:48]
5. Mourning [1:19]
6. Case Dismissed [1:37]
7. Rough Justice [2:19]
8. Somebody Stuck Him [3:33]
9. Plotting Revenge [1:11]
10. Get Him! [2:48]
11. Over the Edge [1:11]
12. Lucas [5:51]
13. Death Sentence [:47]
14. Make It Stop [8:41]
15. Execution [4:28]
16. Realization [2:50]
17. Nobody Wins [:56]
18. Confession [3:26]
19. Vengeance Trail [5:05]
20. Dad to Dad [1:13]
21. Preparing for War [2:23]
22. Under Duress [:46]
23. Maximum Speed [:18]
24. Retribution [:57]
25. No Mercy [3:12]
26. One of Us [:16]
27. He'll Make It [2:01]
28. End Titles [2:03]

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