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Death Sentence (2007)

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Nick Hume is a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses something that changes him forever. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when protecting his family.

Director:

James Wan

Writers:

Ian Mackenzie Jeffers (screenplay), Brian Garfield (novel)
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Nick Hume
Garrett Hedlund ... Billy Darley
Kelly Preston ... Helen Hume
Jordan Garrett ... Lucas Hume
Stuart Lafferty ... Brendan Hume
Aisha Tyler ... Detective Wallis
John Goodman ... Bones Darley
Matt O'Leary ... Joe Darley (as Matthew O'Leary)
Edi Gathegi ... Bodie
Hector Atreyu Ruiz ... Heco
Kanin Howell ... Baggy
Dennis Keiffer ... Jamie
Freddy Bouciegues ... Tommy
Leigh Whannell ... Spink
Casey Pieretti ... Dog
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Storyline

When a family falls victim to a vicious attack perpetrated as a gang initiation ritual, the vengeful father, Nick Hume, vows to track down each person involved in the crime. A sympathetic homicide detective questions her pledge to assist Hume after suspecting that he may have turned to murder as a means of exacting his revenge. Written by Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Protect What's Yours


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody brutal violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Despite the deviations from the novel, Brian Garfield was extremely happy with the film and praised it for understanding and making the central theme very clear. See more »

Goofs

During the multilevel garage sequence, the camera cranes down to reveal Billy and his gang and then cranes back up again to show Nicolas. When it cranes back up the shadow of a diffusion frame can be seen on the left side of the picture. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nicholas "Nick" Hume: [while recording his family at Christmas] Okay, guys. Ready?
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Alternate Versions

Also released in a UNRATED version on DVD running 111 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Red Sparrow/Death Wish (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

The Prodigal Sun
(2006)
Written by The Black Angels (as Black Angels)
Performed by The Black Angels
Courtesy of Light in the Attic
By Arrangement with Media Creature Music
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As revenge thrillers go, this has got balls!
4 March 2008 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Nothing new and exciting here for what is fast becoming a tired old genre, but boasting the considerable talents of Kevin Bacon in the lead role, Death Sentence is way above average and never outstays its welcome. Nick Hume & his son Brendan stop at a gas station one night and a violent turn of events transforms Nick into a maelstrom of fury...

Asking the question of just what lengths we would go to to look after our families, Death Sentence is merely following on from the likes of Death Wish and Eye For An Eye. But here the violence is upped to such a gruesome standard, it creates maximum impact. Yet it's not the violence that leaves the lasting impression, it's the descent of the main protagonist that terrifies the most. A humble and decent man spiralling out of control, done down by the system, he finds darkness within him that he surely didn't know he had.

Some sequences here are excellent and well staged by director James Wan, and he shows considerable skill with his fluid camera. But these things tend to get over looked in a film of this type. Elsewhere, although we are asked to swallow the impossible for one too many occasions, and the cops are stupid beyond belief, the film does find a couple of narrative tricks to also keep it out of formulaic tedium. Kevin Bacon deserves better than this for sure, but he's great in the dual role and as revenge thrillers go, in case I haven't violently rammed home the point yet, this really hits the mark. Kind of like a kick in the privates really. 7/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Sentence See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbia, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,231,321, 2 September 2007

Gross USA:

$9,534,258

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,974,459
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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