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Protect what's yours.
Nick Hume is a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses something that changes him forever. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when protecting his family.
One of the most underrated films of the past decade.
Wan's best, even over The Conjuring.
I wish he'd direct more dramas.
Avenge your family?
Sorry for being so blunt, but this movie is fucking amazing. It's brutal, horrifying, nauseating, unrelenting and will make your blood boil, as it was meant to. It's gratuitous violence may turn off the easily shaken, but... Wow... This is one hell of a revenge thriller based on Brian Garfield's novel. The unrated version is the one to watch.
Even though it has a seen it before kind of plot (guy loses a loved one after gang kills them, guy seeks revenge) the movie is just violent fun with an awesome Kevin Bacon in the lead role, it is still severely underrated.
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I really liked Death Sentence, up to a point. It's a gritty, very violent film that jumps from plausible to Looney Toons in the third act.
Kevin Bacon is fully committed as a grieving father hellbent on revenge and receives full marks.
Kevin Bacon is compelling in this gory revenge thriller.
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I'm giving it half a star more because of the brilliant tracking shot in the garage scene.
Off-the-charts levels of fucking ownage from God Bacon in this one.
What I Learned:
The first fifteen minutes solidifies Wan's spot among the best directors, better than Boyhood
John Goodman: ★★★★★
Unbearably grim, but hey! They filmed this in my hometown! So that's pretty cool.
The score is also unfortunate, the kind of cheesy Evanescence shit that was already dated by the time this film came out in '07, and hasn't aged well at all. Neither has the film's desaturated color palette, while I'm here. It's also weird to see Garrett Hedlund as a tatted-up (and vaguely Latino?) skinhead gang member.
However, there are some pretty intriguing directorial flourishes throughout - from Wan's use of anamorphic lenses (further evidence he's a master of establishing a space) to a very specific car stunt he'd later repurpose on a much larger scale in this year's Furious 7.
James Wan's best film and one of the best action films ever. It's criminally underappreciated.
Death Sentence is based on the novel of the same name; the sequel to Death Wish, which inspired the 1974 Charles Bronson film. It's a revenge fantasy plain and simple. It's exceedingly bloody and it's bad. Very bad. Lackluster script and acting, ineffectual direction, cartoon criminals and an unbelievable hero make for a decidedly underwhelming movie. Midway through we get a nicely constructed chase through downtown alleys, ending in a parking garage. Nothing spectacular, but here it's a highlight. Also worthy of mention is John Goodman's cameo as a sweaty, googly-eyed gun dealer. Creepy as hell but hardly enough to recommend sitting through the rest of this tedious film.
Depressing revenge film that does not short change you in the violence and gore category
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