Felon

  • 15
  • Ric Roman Waugh (2008)
  • US
  • 99 min
Felon
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Men are reduced to animals in this brutal, exploitative prison drama that thrills in the slap of tattooed flesh on flesh. After killing a burglar, blue-collar family man Wade Porter (Stephen Dorff) is sent down and forced to hold his own. Housed in "the Shoe", a claustrophobic concrete cell block for the baddest of the bad, Porter is mentored by a nihilistic, Shakespeare-spouting lifer (Val Kilmer, unrecognisably shaggy and tattooed). Writer/director Ric Roman Waugh, a former stunt performer, shoots the incessant violence like gladiatorial cage fighting, salivating over each burst nose and fractured skull as his handheld camera circles the action like a shark. It's nasty yet not without purpose. Felon charts the desperation of an honest man forced into surviving by any means, but also the corruption of power, as Harold Perrineau's vindictive prison guard brutalises those in his care at work while lecturing his son back home about the values of pacifism.

Plot Summary

Prison drama starring Stephen Dorff and Val Kilmer. A man who accidentally kills an intruder at his home ends up in a jail for violent offenders. Broken by the sadistic regime, he finds a glimmer of hope from an unlikely friendship with a cellmate who's serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Cast and crew

Cast

Wade Porter
Stephen Dorff
John Smith
Val Kilmer
Lt Jackson
Harold Perrineau
Laura
Marisol Nichols
Maggie
Anne Archer
Gordon
Sam Shepard
Sgt Roberts
Nick Chinlund
Snowman
Johnny Lewis
Officer Collins
Nate Parker

Crew

Director
Ric Roman Waugh

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Violence and swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Sony
Categories
Drama

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