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.
With his beloved, high school hockey-star son murdered before his eyes as part of a gang initiation rite, the mild-mannered family man and successful insurance executive, Nick Hume, finds himself losing hope in the justice system. As a result, seething with revenge, Nick buys a long, double-barrelled 12-gauge Rossi Overland shotgun, and summons up the courage to start a war with the hardened criminal, Billy Darley, and his gang of street thugs. But, violence begets violence, and now, there is no turning back. And, one by one, Billy's henchmen are going to pay in blood. Will Nick be able to recognise himself when the bloodletting is over?Written by
Based on the book, "Death Sentence" - the direct sequel novel to "Death Wish", which itself was made into the movie Death Wish (1974) starring Charles Bronson. The Bronson movie spawned four sequels, none of which were influenced by the novel series. The author, Brian Garfield has disliked, and does not care for each of the sequels, due to how it departs from his original character, and theme in the books. See more »
In the rooftop garage scene when Nick runs to his car he passes the windshield of the Ford lying on the ground behind a black car. Immediately after that on the left side after the black car there is an empty parking spot then a gray car, white car and a burgundy car. After he gets in his car backs up and turns around the position of the windshield has moved, the white car is gone and there are now 2 empty parking spots. See more »
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
40 of 63 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this