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
The hockey game scene was filmed at the first (and at the time only) Ice facility in Columbia, South Carolina. The hockey players seen in the film are (or were) members of hockey programs throughout the area. Scenes in which you cannot see actor Stuart Lafferty's face but his character, Brendan Hume, is present, local hockey player Sam Waller was used as a body double; Waller was uncredited. Some of the extras that were seen during hockey action sequence were the same that can be seen in an earlier scene (on the unrated version on DVD), when Kelly Preston (Helen Hume) and Jordan Garrett (Lucas Hume) are discussing an in class conflict, the camera shows Brendan Hume hanging out at school with his teammates. Once again a few of the same hockey players can been seen once again during the scene of Brendan's Funeral. See more »
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 »
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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