Death Sentence

Death Sentence

Director: James Wan Cast: Kevin Bacon, Garrett Hedlund, Kelly Preston
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Death Sentence 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
DEATH SENTENCE is a tough movie to watch, not because it is a poorly made film, but because of the degree of violence that, once started, is mayhem on a roller coaster ride. Though based on a novel by Brian Garfield, the script by Ian Jeffers is a patchwork quilt - the holes show whenever the police arrive on the scene. James Wan, of the 'Saw' movies fame, directs with a keen eye for breathless action sequences and almost intolerable suspense timing that makes the film fly through the 111 minutes of the Unrated version. During the opening credits we are introduced to the perfect family via home movies and domestic scenes: Nick Hume (Kevin Bacon) is the devoted father, Helen (Kelly Preston) his bright and loving wife, Brendan (Stuart Lafferty) is the golden boy son with all the soccer laurels, and Lucas (Jordan Garrett) the younger 'also ran' son. The glitch in this family's happiness happens one night when, out of gas while driving home from a soccer game, Nick stops at a gas station and while Brendan is in the convenience store a gang comes in and murders the store owner and Brendan: the reason for the killing is not robbery but an initiation rite into a gang accomplished by young Joe Darley (Matt O'Leary) and the demand of his older brother Billy (Garrett Hedlund, in a very out of character role from his usual 'Troy', 'Friday Night Lights', 'Eragon', 'Georgia Rule' persona). Nick witnesses the killing and when the lawyers and police work with him in the aftermath to 'arrange a deal' instead of a murder trial, Nick decides to take matters in hi s own hands. The Darley brothers are part of a ruthless gang sponsored by their own father Bones Darley (John Goodman, in a very dark and well-realized role). Nick stalks Joe Darley and murders him, and once the deed (that happens to begin a gang war against Nick) is done the terror begins. The gang is out to kill not only Nick but Nick's family also. How this pursued and pursuers game works out furnishes the remainder of the film. It is the old eye for an eye story that ends in tragedy for everyone concerned. When the film is dealing with the 'family' and the 'gang' the dialog sparkles, but when the police, headed by Detective Wallis (Aisha Tyler), become involved the aid from the police becomes as ludicrous as the dialog placed in their mouths. Kevin Bacon gives a bravura performance as the gentle father driven to murderous madness and Garrett Hedlund matches him as the ruthless and terrifying gang leader Billy. There are enough sidebars about father/son relationships on both sides of the plot line to make the movie have a message. But in the end it is the wildly frantic camera action and directorial decisions by Wan that make this a horrifying and arresting film. Not for the queasy viewer. Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would have to disagree with the previous reviewers this movie was a disapointment. There wasn't enough action to really capture the essence of revenge that would've given this movie a break from the dull storyline. The acting was okay, but not great Kevin Bacon did fine, but this wouldn't be what I'd call his finest work. The characters were just not developed enough, the story itself was generic and it just couldn't individualize itself. It just felt like the script was just thrown together to make this movie, the flow of scenes was unimpressive. I was very disappointed when I watched this movie, and sold the dvd the next day.
Hugo-Z-Hackenbush More than 1 year ago
This is just another vigilante movie, where the bad guys drive innocuous tricked out muscle cars, the police are incompetant, and Mr. Mouse turns into the Marred Avenger. Somehow, mr. investment banker, Kevin Bacon, is able to gain awesome powers of gunnery, fighting, tracking, and the ability to be shot incesssantly and still live to reap sweet revenge in just a few short days. The only reason to watch this movie is to see John Goodman. He steals the film in just a few brief scenes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had no idea what to expect when I watched this film. The action sequences are well done and the storyline is amazing. There are several twists and turns that you just don't see coming. Despite being dark, it definitely tugged on the heartstrings to see the emotional struggle Kevin Bacon went through.
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