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Genre: Drama/Action
Starring: Stephen Dorff, Val Kilmer, Harold Perrineau, Anne Archer, Sam Shepard
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Rating: M18 (Violence & Nudity)
Year Made: 2008




- Featurette: The Shark Tank: An Inside Look at Felon
- Trailers



Languages: English/Thai
Subtitles: English/Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 44 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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Val Kilmer (Columbus Day, Conspiracy), Stephen Dorff (Black Water Transit, World Trade Center), Harold Perrineau, Jr. (The Matrix Revolutions, TV's "Lost") and Sam Shepard (The Accidental Husband, Stealth) star in the high-action and edge-of-your-seat prison film - FELON - the story of a family man who is convicted of murder for killing an intruder who enters his home, threatening the lives of his wife and son. As he struggles to survive the violent penal system which includes a maximum-security state prison in which a corrupt lieutenant tries to maintain power and order, even if it means crossing the line. Also starring Anne Archer (End Game, Man of the House).

Having to spend the next three years inside a maximum security facility where the rules of society no longer apply, Wade (played by Dorff) is forced to share a cell with a notorious mass murderer (Kilmer) and subjected to brutal beatings orchestrated by the sadistic head prison guard (Harold Perrineau). Wade soon realizes he's in for the fight of his life and must become the toughest FELON of them all if he's to survive the block. For what doesnt kill you only makes you stronger. And in state prison, only the strongest will survive.


California born Ric Roman Waugh was involved in movies like The Crow (1994), Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) and The One (2001). When he first started out in showbiz, he also worked on movies like Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Total Recall (1990) and Universal Soldier (1992). If there’s one thing common amongst the abovementioned flicks, it’d be the testosterone action sequences featured in all of them. Now, Roman Waugh was a stuntman on these movies, and who would have thought that he’d become a director himself to helm this recommended prison drama?

Stephen Dorff (Blade, World Trade Center) plays a nice and caring family man with who loses everything when he unintentionally kills a petty burglar who breaks into his house. As fate would have it, he becomes convicted for involuntary manslaughter, and has to spend three years away from the comfort and norms of the society in a security housing unit where things get brutal and bloody every other day.

A felon is a villainous criminal guilty of a major crime, but you’d be thinking to yourself, how is our protagonist a felon? For someone who has a great future with his wife and child ahead of him, why would he be labeled as a felon? For someone who is morally upright and a Mr. Nice Guy to begin with, why would he be seen as a felon by the society? For someone who doesn’t resort to violence unnecessarily, why should he be imprisoned as a felon with other hard hitting criminals? Director writer Roman Waugh has wonderfully highlighted this dramatic plot and made this gritty and well made movie that unfortunately didn’t make it to the theatres locally.

The first thing that you will not miss is the powerhouse performance by the leads. Other than Dorff’s commanding presence as a misjudged man forced into circumstances by the American law system, you also get a, well; we hate to use the term, fat Val Kilmer (Déjà Vu, Alexander) as a mass murderer Dorff shares a cell with. Kilmer may have been appealing as the Dark Knight once (Batman Forever, 1995), but his turn as a long imprisoned convict is far from alluring. Instead, you get a weighty (pun not intended) performance that manages to touch your senses without being over melodramatic.

The 104 minute picture is a taut and tense viewing experience, thanks to the tightly paced script and also the violently riveting scenes in the cell. With Roman Waugh’s experience as a stuntman, he should have no problems delivering the stuff. You’d probably judge him by the no brainer movies he was involved in, but we can assure you that this stirringly exhilarating movie delivers on both substance and action. Make sure you don’t miss it on the small screen.


This Code 3 DVD contains a 13 minute feature “The Shark Tank: An Inside Look at Felon”, where Roman Waugh talks about the two year process of writing the script, of which nine-tenth was spent on researching to ensure the realism when it gets presented on screen. Included in the disc are Trailers of other Sony releases like Hancock and Starship Troopers 3: Marauder.


The disc’s visual transfer retains the grittiness of the movie, and there are 5.1 Dolby Digital English and Portuguese, as well as Dolby Surround Thai and Spanish audio tracks to choose from.



Review by John Li


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


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