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Death Sentence: Unrated Death Sentence: Unrated
Movie Rating:
 7/10
DVD Rating:
 4/10
Overall Rating:
 6/10


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Starring:
Kevin Bacon
Garrett Hedlun
Kelly Preston
John Goodman
Aisha Tyler


Special Features:
Fox Movie Channel Presents: Making A Scene
Fox Movie Channel Presents Life After Film School with Kevin Bacon
Behind-the-Scenes Webisodes

Other Info:
Video: Widescreen 2.40:1 Color
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Spanish: Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Run Time: 111 min
Rating: NR

Synopsis from DVD Cover:
Nick Hume (Kevin Bacon) is a mild-mannered executive with a loving family and a perfect life, until one gruesome night when his teenage son is senselessly murdered during a gas station holdup. Transformed by grief and not satisfied with courtroom justice, Nick takes the law into his own hands - and wages and all-out war against a gang of vicious street thugs. Directed by James Wan (Saw), Death Sentence is a gripping revenge thriller loaded with in-your-face action, bone-snapping violence and nail-biting suspense!

Quick Review:
Director James Wan is known for his horror movies, which include "Saw" and last year's "Dead Silence." Now, he is trying something different, by jumping into the revenge thriller genre and signing up the great Kevin Bacon as the lead.

"Death Sentence" revolves around Nick Hume (Bacon), whose son is murdered as part of a gang initiation. When the man responsible is set free, Nick sets out to get revenge at any cost.

The film quickly sets up a picture of a loving family with Nick's son being an extremely talented hockey player, with aspiration of one day reaching the NHL. The happiness and love that the family has been used to is turned upside down, causing Nick to put down his briefcase and pick up a shotgun. Watching this movie, you can see Wan's attention to detail as Bacon's character begins to slowly fall apart, only to become a man driven by vengeance.

There are very few scenes that can be called ridiculous, as Wan tries to keep the film as realistic as possible. Unfortunately, for someone to take on an entire gang single-handed, is as unrealistic as it gets. This is Rambo territory. But Wan and Bacon pull it off.

On occasion, we are treated to great action scenes and fight sequences, but at times, the film feels to go on much longer than it needs to, and Bacon's drive starts bordering on insanity.

There is not much in the bonus material section, except for Fox Movie Channel Presents featurettes. The first one, entitled "Making a Scene," we are taken behind the scenes for the making of the garage scene, which was shot without cutting away. The are several interesting parts here, including watching the tough gang members being wheeled around in small go karts. The second featurette, "Life After Film School," shown Bacon sitting down with film students to discuss his career.

In Conclusion:
"Death Sentence" is exactly as advertised, a revenge thriller. Don't expect anything really special, and at the same time, know that you'll be fully entertained all the way through. This one is a must see, but only as a rental.


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