Ric Roman Waugh (2008)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A family man convicted for the accidental killing of an intruder in his home realises that to survive his three-year sentence in a maximum security prison he must reinvent himself and become the toughest inmate of them all. Drama, starring Stephen Dorff, Val Kilmer, Harold Perrineau and Anne Archer.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Ric Roman Waugh
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray