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Genre: Drama/Action
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Garrett Hedlund, Kelly Preston, John Goodman, Aisha Tyler, Leigh Whannell, Matt O'Leary, Yorgo Constantine, Jordan Garrett
Director: James Wan
Rating: M18 (Coarse Language and Violence)
Year Made: 2007







Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 46 mins
Region Code: PAL 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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Nick Hume (Kevin Bacon) is a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses/experiences 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.


Why on earth has Kevin Bacon yet to get a nod at the Oscars? This man can do no wrong. He is such a charming chameleon on the screen over the years, you name it and he plays it. A pedophile, an astronaut, an estranged scientist and the list goes on.

In “Death Sentence”, Bacon plays a white collar worker, Nick Hume who took the law to his own hands by avenging his son’s death. A victim of what the police termed as “Initiation Killing”, the motive apparently was not robbery but just a random act committed by the killer to prove one’s bravery before joining a gang.

In the true style of the Bride character in “Kill Bill”, there is no compromise to the level of violence shown. Coming from the hands of James Wan who helmed the famous psychological thriller “Saw”, “Death Sentence” is more realistic but still not for the wimpy. Wan proves that he is no flash in the pan here and he gets the audience rallying for Hume with an excellent, heart-pounding long street chase sequence which stretches to a multi-level carpark.

Unfortunately, “Death Sentence” is let down by a weaker third act. The beginning was a setup for the audience to enthrall in the world of the Hume family. A lovely wife (Kelly Preston) with two teenage sons. A fitting job and a nice cozy shelter to call home. A typical example of a close loving family. With the death of his son, the character of Nick Hume turns into a tragic figure and one that is forced to protect his family from the rest of the gang. After Hume’s parental love confession for his second son and escape from the hospital, the movie slumps into a typical shoot-em up action movie. This is not to say it’s irrelevant perhaps writer Ian Jeffers has written himself into a corner or it’s meant to be this way. For comparison sake, it’s just weaker to end the story.

“Death Sentence” is a slick, entertaining piece of cinematic experience if you could get past the ending. You got to credit Wan for giving it that magic touch simultaneously proving to Hollywood that he can do more than mere horror. Lastly, he has the wondrous Kevin Bacon to thank for.




Even though the movie was made last year, the DVD transfer seems slightly grainy. Can’t be sure it’s intentional though.

Since the DVD only comes with Dolby Digital 2.0, you won’t get to hear some of the surround bullets sound effects. Other than that, the dialogue and sound mix is pretty clear.



Review by Linus Tee


. Death Sentence (Movie Review)

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This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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