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Death Sentence

Death Sentence

In Theatres: 
Aug 31, 2007
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 50 Minutes

Nick Hume (Kevin Bacon) is a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses the murder of his son and things spiral downward from there. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when protecting his family and that revenge is the answer.

When I saw that Charlie Clouser was doing the music for Death Sentence, I knew that the music would be my favorite. He does an excellent job at capturing the emotion presented in the film, and believe me, there is a lot of it. There were a few moments, however, that the music did not fit with the scene; making for a somewhat comical event. That was another thing that bothered me, the amount of unintentional humor present in the film. It is difficult to take Kevin Bacon as a bad ass killer. He is a good family man, but as a ruthless killer…I think not.

Since the film is from the same people who did Saw, I was not surprised at all by the over the top action. The gun shots, the blood; all seemed to be a little too ridiculous. One scene in particular, has Bacon driving a car into the side of a van and completely splitting it in half, somehow killing the driver yet being perfectly uninjured himself. There is also the fact that Kevin Bacon is invincible. Who knows how many times he gets shot only to return fire.

The acting was average. There were points where the audience could really connect with Bacon on an emotional level. He was good at some points and horrible at others. Some of it can be due to the script though. There were a few scenes where everything would be going smoothly only to be ruined by some cheesy one liner that is pulled out of nowhere or some horribly done camera angle that makes you question the validity of the film.

Death Sentence has its moments with some pretty intense action sequences but doesn’t quite make the cut overall. There are some major flaws but if you just want to see a man get pushed over the edge and go gun crazy, then Death Sentence is the one for you.

Matt Rodriguez
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