Death Sentence

 (1,900)6.71 h 45 min2007R
HD. Revenge sends family man Kevin Bacon down a dangerous path in this stylish, 'intensely gripping' ('Variety') action-thriller.
Directors
James Wan
Starring
Kevin BaconGarrett HedlundKelly Preston
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DramaAction
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English [CC]
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Aisha TylerJohn Goodman
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20th Century Fox
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R (Restricted)
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LeeReviewed in the United States on August 14, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Eh
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This was okay, but really just kind of a lot of male d___ swinging. I understand it when movies like this come from times gone by, but things change. Even for being made in 2007, it's a little bit tired. The entire cast, while well acted and more or less believable, suffer from fatal, toxic masculinity. I mean that quite literally: people die in this movie, because they can't put down their pride. They make decisions that, yes, people do make in reality, but which the vast majority of society is questioning at this point, and the number of people here who don't go "how about we don't" is unrealistic. (Because it's no one. Not one person goes- maybe we should stop doing this stupid machismo crap where it's just a vicious cycle of murders.)

I think at this point, society is going... are macho guys really something to look up to? Is revenge and being vindicated something to which to aspire? I feel like DC superheroes are years ahead of the curve on this one. You can use the injustices you've seen to drive you to fight against the inequalities in the world you live, or you can just go nuts, kill people, and then end up in that cycle that serves no one and nothing.

And here's the thing, too. I like John Wick. The character depth in those admittedly hyper-violent movies that I maybe shouldn't like as much as I do, is so much more than what you get here. Whereas with John Wick, we know that his previous profession was that of an assassin, one of the topmost, who not only loses his wife, but then has salt rubbed in the wound at the death of his dog. The guys he fights against are beyond villanous, and his past makes everything plausible in relative terms. But in Death Sentence, we see the main character doing things that a desk jockey, father of three just shouldn't be able to do. This pasty upper middle class American dude just shouldn't be outrunning, out-fighting, and out-gunning gangsters, who should assuredly have far more street fighting ability, more physical strength, and less reluctance to be violent. So unlike John Wick, whose revenge and all the things in that series that come after are believable for that character, you don't have that here. John Wick is an interesting, if violent story, about a nuanced character, whose background is deeply relevant to the action. Death Sentence is just a middle class, toxic masculinity, white male power fantasy in the revenge flavor. And not even a good one, at that. It is in no way on par with a movie like say, Falling Down. And again, this comes down to character nuance. William Foster, the protagonist of Falling Down, is pushed and pushed and PUSHED to the ends of his reasonable emotional limits, and we see this displayed in a way that we really FEEL it. Death Sentence doesn't manage to pull that off, even with the heavy-handed death of the main character's son. Additionally, in both John Wick and Falling Down, we're never given the sense that we should glorify the protagonist; we just see the series of events that unfold. They're characters who have both good and bad traits, and do both good and bad things. Certainly we're given a lens where their good outweighs their bad just enough to want to keep rooting for them, but Death Sentence's Nice Hume isn't written this way. He definitely gets huge doses of protagonist immunity and it's clear that they attempt to glorify him.

I'm only giving it 2-stars instead of 1, because it does have some redeeming qualities. The pacing is good, the acting is good or fine (depending on which character/ actor), and I didn't get so bored as to stop watching it. The visual shots and dialogue aren't bad, either, even if nothing especially shines. I was just hoping it would develop more, and show up with something less cliche. It didn't. Oh well.
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J. Conrad StambaughReviewed in the United States on March 6, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
You even look like one of us...
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A very realistic Death Wish. It has one thing that is sorely lacking from revenge films, the lesson that revenge has a price. Kevin Bacon, as usual, delivers a hard hitting performance that leaves you wondering what the hell happened to him? Did Kevin just possess the body of another person? James Wan who changed the horror genre with SAW is a very well equipped storyteller and he delivered a most impassioned portrayal of a man's descent into near madness. It was dark, it was gritty and it never failed to involve you in the story and to take genuine interest in the characters.
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Kathy MReviewed in the United States on December 16, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
REALLY?
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A white collar VP of an insurance company gets the best of ruthless gang members, often with just his fists and wits.When seeking revenge, the leader of the gang shoots said VP in the side and assumes he’s dead, when just some gang common sense would dictate a couple of head shots, being that said VP killed his little bro. Halfway through this movie, I just couldn’t buy it anymore. LOVE Kevin Bacon, HATE this movie. It’s just too ridiculous! The cops in this movie never go after the gang, either, instead telling Kevin Bacon’s character to stop making them mad!! LOL - REALLY?
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JWReviewed in the United States on December 8, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Tense crime thriller about a father's loss and a personality snap.
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I always like Kevin Bacon in anything; he's believable in this role, but it's clear he went around the bend when he decided to be a vigilante; It would have been better if he had testified against the 1st killer; then if the gang came after him it would have made more sense to defend the home. This way his surviving son loses both parents. due to his Irrational thinking.
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RebekahReneeReviewed in the United States on September 1, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Such a tense thriller
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Kevin Bacon and John Goodman are surprisingly sinister. If you haven't seen it and don't mind violence al la John Wick, rent this movie (though, the uncut version wasn't worth the extra dollar, didn't really notice anything new/ nothing of value added to the film)
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CS Doc LewisReviewed in the United States on October 13, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
The sound is off in the right side of my listening devices
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Frustrating. This has nothing to do with the movie but the sound quality or lack there of it. I literally couldn't get the sound to work in stereo. It only came out of the left side of my headphones AND the left speaker when I tried them. Very mad because I can't reach anyone to fix it or allow me to trade this purchase for the other one (I purchased the Uncut per the comments). I shouldn't have wasted my credit.
DatReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Dumb
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White, white collar guy loses annoying son and goes on rampage and becomes one of the prison gangster trash at a poor part of town. It's heroic garbage that's unbelievable and the action scenes are not that good, the whole thing has a screenwriting problem where the characters sound really strange and inhuman. But it's worth a watch if your only other option is staring at the kardashians for an hour.
CJReviewed in the United States on July 18, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Movies was not secured on tab
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Why can't movies be secured. Ordered twice different sellers. Same problem. Movie was loose. Not secured at all. Scratches on it. Messed up playing. Just cut loss. Order from Another seller. Hopefully be secured. The middle wasn't broke. Should of been placed and secured. Not ordering this movie a 3rd time.
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