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Death Sentence

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Vigilante justice turns ugly and painful. No kids.

Movie R 2007 119 minutes
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Scripted by Death Wish writer Brian Garfield,James Wan's movie is smart enough about its generic limits: The violence is ragingly B, and the cops always steps behind. While the film resembles Taxi Driver, this "new" vigilante movie offers a different anti-hero. Here it's not the loner or the outsider who seeks redress by insane means, it's the family man, the guy who loses hope in the very system he's always trusted.

When Nick meets another father, a gun salesman named Bones (John Goodman), he's briefly appalled by the man's complete rejection of a monstrous son. But by this time Nick's own morality is so skewed and incoherent that he only nods at his new friend, eyes hard and jaw jutting, the low angle making you wonder which dad is the baddest.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: August 31, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: January 8, 2008
  • Cast: Garrett Hedlund , Kelly Preston , Kevin Bacon
  • Director: James Wan
  • Inclusion Information: Asian directors
  • Studio: Fox Atomic
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 119 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong bloody brutal violence and pervasive language.
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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