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January 12, 2017
Love this film. It's panned by the critics on here as over the top and excessively violent. There wasn't an inordinate amount of violence and the violence wasn't gratuitous but actually necessary for the plot. Really enjoyable. Great soundtrack as well. I've watched it several times and while I feel there were areas it could have maybe been improved, it was more than satisfactory. People feel Bacon's metamorphosis from a respected, affluent businessman into an uncompromising, ruthless assassin is unrealistic and excessive but who knows how you'd react if basically your whole family was wiped out by a bunch of thugs for no real reason other than tribalism and gang culture. I felt the end, while the shootout was exciting, lacked substance and a satisfying conclusion. It felt like the film ended in a hurry and left some unanswered questions. Overall, it's a solid eight out of ten for me, and while not on the same level, is quite similar to the Shawshank redemption insofar as it has grown in popularity after the fact. If you read reviews on YouTube, it's clearly popular and a movie with a really memorable OST always gains traction, particularly if the soundtrack is very much aligned with the mood and tempo of the film. Pilot speed's song in this film is beautiful, poignant and very moving.
December 26, 2016
Excellent! Four stars hands down! Terrific plot with unexpected twists. An all star cast with the beautiful Aisha Tyler and Kevin Bacon. Refreshingly original. Go see it!
November 24, 2016
Very well done for an under the radar film. Kevin Bacon is great in these type of roles.
July 8, 2016
Under the dark and gritty creativity, the movie's take on the rapidly decaying life of a rather humble business man who is forcibly hell-bent on the karmic hunting of the gang who took everything from him, is what growing balls on the brink of revenge is all about.
July 3, 2016
ok, too unbelievable
½ June 29, 2016
I can hardly think of tale this well-told that is also this hopeless and cynical. Wow. What a tragedy of a viewing experience. The only finer point of the film is the tight and focused direction from James Wan.
June 21, 2016
Death Sentence is one of them movies that have a good dialogue with a gripping story about a vigilante.
May 26, 2016
For me, It is a bit too sentimental in patches and the soundtrack is wank but it does have all the hallmarks of a revenge/vigilante flick. Bacon is a great choice for the lead and he really does get fucked over. The baddies a bunch of gimps and it is a joy to see them get served up. The finale is like a homage to Taxi Driver and some of the kills are downright ultraviolent. John Goodman as always is the balls.
½ May 25, 2016
Predictable and odious vengeance movie with lots of gore with the always weird Kevin Bacon. But John Goodman was okay hamming it up as an arms dealer.
March 14, 2016
"Death Sentence" is James Wan's weakest work by a mile, but is preposterously entertaining enough (largely due to Kevin Bacon's efforts) to merit a mild recommendation.
March 7, 2016
Pretty good movie. Predictable but a good action/vengeance show to watch on a Monday off from work.
½ March 3, 2016
3/3/2016: An ok revenge flick. Not near as good as John Wick or the Equalizer though.
½ February 24, 2016
Not a bad movie but could've been WAY better. Still worth a watch.
½ February 5, 2016
This is one of those movies that get unjust and harsh criticism and for two main reasons.
1. James Wan did something that wasn't horror and his fans expected horror.
2. People assume this is a remake of Death Wish. It's not. It's loosely based on the same BOOKS as Death Wish.

Death Sentence is far beyond Death Wish. It's a revenge movie though. It's what the Punisher should be. It's moving. This movie is raw, gritty, emotional, sad, terrifying, realistic, and simple. It's an incredibly made film. Kevin Bacon knocks it out of the park with his performance. The Directing is phenomenal. The soundtrack is well suited.

James Wan created what has turned out to be a true hidden gem. If you haven't seen Death Sentence and like a gritty film with emotion and real life brutality, don't hesitate. This is worth your time.
January 26, 2016
Somewhere between the bad acting, horribly fake tattoos and shit plot Kevin Bacon realizes his career is now in cheesy B films that go straight to dvd.
½ January 14, 2016
Somewhat a step up from the last Death Wish sequel.
January 7, 2016
Kevin Bacon makes you wonder how far you would go for vengeance and to protect your family.
January 4, 2016
I enjoyed it, lots of good gore (faces getting blown off, legs getting blown off etc) a decent story and a great ending.
January 3, 2016
Excellent acting. Kevin was outstanding. Kept you on the edge of your seat.
½ December 25, 2015
fantastic move i always love a great revenge movie.
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