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Death Sentence

Death Sentence

James Wan (2007)

101min
18 Certificate
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Saw director James Wan revitalises the urban vigilante thriller with this gripping and violent adaptation of the novel by Death Wish writer Brian Garfield. In a powerful, remarkably shaded performance, Kevin Bacon turns from mild-mannered executive to Taxi Driver-style avenger after his son is targeted by a bunch of hateful drug dealers during a gang initiation. The escalating violence and tit-for-tat retribution may seem far fetched, but Wan successfully draws out the ethical and moral dilemmas here, as the lines between good and evil are believably blurred. Pitting Bacon's middle-class family against a dysfunctional street clan pays terrific dramatic dividends, with John Goodman's chilling cameo as the gang leader's sleazy father creating further tortuous conflict. Wan's crafty, gritty direction sustains suspense throughout the gory action - notably in the breathless chase to the top of a tower parking lot.

Summary

Mild-mannered executive Nick Hume's perfect, peaceful life is destroyed when his oldest son is killed by a street gang. Hume becomes determined to see those responsible pay for their crimes, gaining the sympathy and support of a homicide detective working on the case. However, she begins to question her position as Hume's methods of retribution become increasingly violent. Thriller, starring Kevin Bacon, Kelly Preston and Garrett Hedlund.

Cast & Crew

Nick Hume Kevin Bacon
Helen Hume Kelly Preston
Bones Darley John Goodman
Billy Darley Garrett Hedlund
Detective Wallis Aisha Tyler
Joe Darley Matt O'Leary
Spink Leigh Whannell
Brendan Hume Stuart Lafferty
Director James Wan
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Entertainment Guidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 31 Aug 2007

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