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Execution at County Jail (2005)

A condemned man is given a second chance at life when a blackout occurs at the moment of his planned demise. He takes advantage of the situation as he overpowers a guard and manages to escape. But where did he really escape to?

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A condemned man is given a second chance at life when a blackout occurs at the moment of his planned demise. He takes advantage of the situation as he overpowers a guard and manages to escape. But where did he really escape to?

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Not bad, but they should have done their homework
5 August 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is included on a DVD entitled "The Short Stack: Volume 1" and is a compilation of six short films.

This film is about an execution. You see a man about to be electrocuted when there is an accident and he escapes. However, at the end of the film there is a bit of a twist.

The idea of having a film about a man's execution and what he thinks just before he is electrocuted is a pretty interesting idea. However, it also looks like in some ways the people making the film didn't do their homework. While the chair sure looks like an electric chair and the observation room is well done (looking quite realistic), the actual procedures are all wrong. The skullcap, sponge, wire to the leg and all the other necessary but creepy touches are missing. As a result, this very, very grisly procedure seems amazingly non-threatening and sterile. While I am not 100% against capital punishment, it is just way too "nice" here and the few drips of blood at the end are NOT what you'd expect to find after the procedure is complete (believe me, you don't want to know more--it ain't pretty, though). Had they showed a much more realistic death and slowed it down to show the details, the film would have been much more powerful and haunting.


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