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|Stephen Dorff||Wade Porter|
|Harold Perrineau Jr.|
|Ric Roman Waugh|
|Ric Roman Waugh||Director, Screenwriter|
|Nancy Nayor Battino||Casting|
|Gerhard Daum||Score Composer|
|Stephen Dorff||Executive Producer|
|Dana W. Gonzales||Cinematographer|
|Vincent G. Newman||Executive Producer, Producer|
|Meriwether Nichols||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|David Peters||Executive Producer|
|Vincent Reynaud||Production Designer|
Posted May 15, 2012
What would you do if protecting your family gets yourself in prison? Would you protect your family or let things loose? In the film “Felon” Stephen Dorf as Wade Porter’s life changed forever because of protecting his family from a robbery and accidentally killed the robber. A husband, a father and have a loving family, Porter was sentence to three years in maximum-security prison. What would his family do? Will he fight for his justice?
In the “Felon” Wade Porter was sentence to three years in prison and have to serve his time. It’s a place with rules but have been all forgotten, Porter was locked in a cell with a murderer Kilm. Thing has change from society, Porter have two way out, fight against or getting vicious beat. He decided to incur with the head prison guard Harold Perrineau. Porter realized that in order to get back to his loving family, he has to become the toughest felon among others. Porter will do anything to get back to his family but what he doesn’t know was what’s left of his family once he’s finally being release from prison.
The film has a good quality of view and the actors Stephen Dorf also did great at acting as a prisoner. The action part was great because it show how Wade was fighting other bigger and stronger prisoner to get out of vicious beating. Also, they did a very great job on how the prison has their own race group and how a new prisoner were being treat in a similar-real way. In addition, strong language was used in the film and they match it right to the scene when the prisoner was fighting. Thus, the film was mostly about Porter’s life in prison; it also gives information about life in society and how his family were still waiting for him.
Posted October 1, 2010
Writer/Director Ric Roman Waugh may not have a large number of completed films under his stuntman belt, but if FELON is any indication of the quality of work we can expect from him, it seems he has a solid future. There are many films about prison life and prison breaks that keep coming down the pike, but few of them have the quality of being character studies of how prison affects the minds and lives of both those incarcerated and those on the outside who must deal with the realities both concurrent and future of living in the shadow of ultimate effects of prison experiences. FELON is a strong character-based prison drama. Wade Porter (Stephen Dorff) is a young man on the rise: he is planning to marry the mother Laura (Marisol Nichols) of his child Michael (Vincent Miller), his small business is finally becoming successful, and his family life is happy. One evening Wade's and Laura's sleep is interrupted by an intruder who steals Wade's wallet, then runs out of the house with Wade chasing him with a baseball bat. One hit with the bat the robber is dead. The police arrive and because of the logistics of the timing of the blow to the robber, Wade is arrested for murder. Unsuccessful attempts to explain the situation eventually lead to Wade's being sentenced to prison and he is sent to a prison run by a sadistic Lt. Jackson (Harold Perrineau) with demons of his own. A famous prisoner John Smith (Val Kilmer) is transferred to the prison and becomes cellmates with Wade. The racial violence between prisoners creates rules and gangs and Wade is caught up in the violence that occurs in the daily 'hour in the yard' experiences, until John shares his knowledge of prison logistics and advises Wade in how to avoid critical issues. The prisoners are not only violent among themselves, but they are also the pawns of the brutally evil Lt. Jackson and his crew who appear to delight in the traumas the prisoners create. It is obvious that the good guy/bad guy line is blurred and in order to survive Wade follows John's wise council to an ending that eventually results in some correction of the evils of the prison situation. Survival is the key in the cases of many of the characters, including some of the 'good guards' (Nate Parker, Greg Serano), the steadfast Laura, her mother (a small but well defined role for Annie Archer), and for former guard Gordon (Sam Shepard) a friend of John Smith. Dorff and Kilmer provide very strong characterizations as does Perrineau, but without the fairly large cast of 'fellow prisoners' who set the scenes, their overall performances would be less impressive. It is here that Ric Roman Waugh demonstrates his talent for handling the mixture of physical brutality with the fragility of each individual's mind that makes the film work. It is a tough film to watch but it is solid craftsmanship. Grady HarpWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 17, 2009
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