Death Sentence

Directed By: James Wan Starring: Kevin Bacon

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Product Overview

Nick Hume (Kevin Bacon) is a loving father 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.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 206230016
UPC 024543491873
UPC 14 00024543491873
Format DVD
Release Date 6/16/2009
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A white-collar revenge fantasy in the vein of DEATH WISH (and based on a novel by the same author, Brian Garfield), DEATH SENTENCE ponders the nature and limits of retribution, asking if murder can ever be justified. Director James Wan (SAW) delivers a high-end exploitation film, complete with a washed-out, grainy appearance and some startling violence, but with complex, thrilling action sequences.^Kevin Bacon is Nick Hume, a successful businessman with two children and a lovely wife (Kelly Preston). While driving home from his older, college-bound son's hockey game, Nick must pull into a gas station in a tough part of town. When the boy goes into the store to buy a drink, his throat is slit during a bloody robbery attempt. Nick identifies the killer, but with him as the only witness, the case is unable to go to trial. Discovering that the murder was merely a gang initiation, Nick is pushed over the edge, taking on the deadly gang headed by the fierce Billy Darley (Garrett Hedlund). Payback becomes all-encompassing for Nick: it not only takes over his life, but it also causes a startling physical transformation. Wan forgoes emotional impact in favor of souped-up, visceral, and occasionally thrilling setpieces. Bacon makes Nick's transformation from a suburban, suit-and-tie family man into a gaunt, shaved-headed angel of death startling and believable. Full of interesting contradictions, DEATH SENTENCE lets viewers have it both ways--fulfilling their bloodlust while ensuring that Nick's targets are despicable people who deserve their fates. Ultimately, though it serves to remind us that, as a solution, violence only begets more violence.
James Wan
Kevin Bacon
Cast & Crew
Aisha Tyler - Actor
Andrew Sugerman - Executive Producer
Brian Garfield - Based On Novel By
Charlie Clouser - Original Music By
Garrett Hedlund - Actor
Howard Baldwin - Producer
Ian Jeffers - Screenplay
James Wan - Director
John Goodman - Actor
John R. Leonetti - Cinematographer
Jordan Garrett - Actor
Julie Berghoff - Production Designer
Kelly Preston - Actor
Kevin Bacon - Actor
Leigh Whannell - Actor
Michael N. Knue - Editor
Rosa Palomo - Art Director
Stuart Lafferty - Actor
Technical Info
Catalog ID 2249187
UPC 00024543491873
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 110 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Review Thirty-three years ago, Charles Bronson made violent revenge fashionable when he took to the streets of New York to avenge a horrible crime in Death Wish, a thriller based on a Brian Garfield novel. It is back to those bad old ways with Death Sentence, also based on one of Garfield's books and directed by Saw's James Wan. Starring Kevin Bacon as a suburban white-collar dad pushed past the limits of reason, it is taut, visceral, and unapologetic in its brutality. It is an ugly movie, but then it has an ugly story to tell...Wan and screenwriter Ian Mackenzie Jeffers aim to evoke that horror of random violence visited on undeserving people. The film is well cast; Preston and the two young actors playing the Hume sons are likeable, while Goodman, Hedlund, and the other gangsters are appropriately despicable. As the drama's rattled, desperate, and increasingly merciless center, Bacon is excellent, vulnerable and scary at the same time. Logically, the story does not completely hold water (in fact, if the movie were a boat, it would sink), but Wan keeps the action moving and the suspense percolating, so that the gaps hardly matter. In living up to its title, Death Sentence is not exactly a fun time at the movies, but it is riveting.
Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Unrated, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Bacon,Kevin
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes Violent, vicious...very effective.
Justin Chang, Variety Well-made, often intensely gripping genre piece.

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