Kevin Bacon as Nick Hume in Death Sentence
Death Sentence is a much better film than you might expect. Read what Stax over at IGN has to say:
Director James Wan’s new film Death Sentence is based on a novel by Brian Garfield, the author of the revenge classic Death Wish. While both film adaptations of Garfield’s work are concerned with vengeance, Death Sentence aspires to be taken more seriously than the old Charles Bronson vehicle did.
The story follows Nick Hume (Kevin Bacon), a respectable, suburban Everyman whose idyllic life revolves around his “perfect” family: wife Helen (Kelly Preston) and teenage sons, Brendan (Stuart Lafferty) and Lucas (Jordan Garrett). Nick works at a risk assessment and liabilities firm where he is fairly high up the management food chain. The apple of the family’s eye is Brendan, who is a star hockey player looking forward to going to college in the coming year.
Then their stable and all-American life is shattered in one night. Nick stops for gas while driving Brendan home from a hockey game in the city (which is supposedly Boston, although the movie was shot in South Carolina). A gang of thugs descend on the gas station, where one of them brutally slays Brendan. The killer, Joe Darley (Matthew O’Leary), is apprehended. This wasn’t a robbery gone awry but rather a gang initiation where Joe was forced by big brother Billy (Garrett Hedlund) to murder an innocent.
Shortly thereafter, when it appears the law — personified here by Detective Wallis (Aisha Tyler) — will be unable to punish Joe, Nick makes a fateful decision to take matters into his own hands. Nick’s quest to avenge Brendan’s murder, however, only triggers a shockingly bloody cycle of violence between himself and Billy’s gang, one which threatens to destroy what’s left of Nick’s once-happy life.
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