Death Sentence (2007)



Critic Consensus: A nonsensical plot and an absurd amount of violence make this revenge pic gratuitous and overwrought.

Movie Info

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.

Rating: R (for strong bloody brutal violence and pervasive language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Ian Mackenzie Jeffers, Ian Jeffers
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 8, 2008
Box Office: $9.5M
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as Nick Hume

as Billy Darley

as Helen Hume

as Bones Darley

as Det. Wallis

as Brendan Hume

as Joe Darley

as Bodie

as Judge Shaw

as ER Doctor

as ER Doctor

as Armed Guard

as Bank Teller

as Cop No. 1

as Cop No. 2

as Dock Rat

as Pointing Cook
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Critic Reviews for Death Sentence

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (34)

Bacon, as usual, is very good even when he's slumming, and as a trashy B-movie redo of Death Wish the movie works well enough for a Saturday afternoon with a case of brewskies.

Full Review… | January 8, 2008
Top Critic

This graphically violent film suffers from cursorily developed characters whose primary function is to advance the creaky plot.

Full Review… | December 3, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The morality of revenge is barely at issue in a movie that pushes the plausibility of revenge right over a cliff.

Full Review… | September 5, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It's a gritty, adrenaline-soaked thriller -- and if that's as deep as you care to dig, you'll be entertained. But for those who care to contemplate, it's quite a bit more.

Full Review… | October 9, 2009

It's a powerful, visceral revenge flick, and Kevin Bacon does a fine acting job bringing the vigilante to life.

Full Review… | August 17, 2008
7M Pictures

A gritty and gripping revenge fantasy %u2026 Kevin Bacon's talent and persona to make us sit up and take notice

Full Review… | April 26, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Death Sentence


I don't know....It was both good and bad....but I guess mostly good. John Goodman was pretty cool

Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

Death Sentence would be the worst movie of the year if it weren't for two people. The first being Kevin Bacon. He creates the character this kind of movie needs. You're everyday man with the perfect family and the perfect job. Anyone can relate to him. But when his son is killed in a random robbery by a vicious gang, he takes it upon himself to enact his own revenge plot against them. It sucks when the judicial system can't help you, but I hear crap like this on the news all the time: scumbags getting off for killing innocent people based on sheer technicality. That's why you can cheer for a guy like this in the movies. It's cathartic.
The second is director James Wan. He doesn't really try to make the horrid screenplay better. He just covers the flaws up in style, flair, and some really hilarious action pieces. The gang members of this movie really are the dumbest gang members in the world, but then again, that can be said about any street gang. While he is often in too much of a hurry to get to the next action scene, he gets the required performances out of the actors. There isn't much to care about, but I think that sort of saves the film.
This is cinematic cheese at its finest, and I'm not hear to watch a story. I want to see dumb asses get their faces blown off by Kevin Bacon and his shotgun.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

Great suspenseful thriller. Pretty graphic but very entertaining.

Grade: B+

Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

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