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Death Sentence (2007)

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Action, Crime, Drama |

Death Sentence is a American vigilante action drama film loosely based on the 1975 novel of the same name by Brian Garfield.

Directed by James Wan, the film stars Kevin Bacon as Nick Hume, a man who takes the law into his own hands after his son is murdered by a gang as an initiation ritual. Hume must protect his family from the gang’s resulting vengeance. The film premiered on August 31, 2007, and was released on DVD on January 8, 2008.

Nick Hume is a businessman living in Columbia, South Carolina with his family. He goes to watch Brendan’s hockey game. While Nick and Brendan are driving home, they talk about the latter’s potential future as a professional hockey player. They stop at a gas station in a bad part of town and during an apparent robbery of the gas station, Joe Darley, a new gang member, slices Brendan’s throat with a machete. Nick ambushes the thugs, pulls off Joe’s mask and sees his face, but Joe escapes, only to get hit by a car. Nick rushes Brendan to the hospital, but Brendan dies.

Nick identifies Joe in a line-up, but while meeting with the district attorney, he becomes angry when the DA presents a case that the defense will cut a deal for three to five years of jail time. The DA explains that Nick is the only witness, there were no surveillance cameras, and the defense could gain sympathy for Darley. At a pre-trial hearing, Nick recants his identification so Joe will go free. He follows the gang to their hideout, returning later and stabbing Joe while he is alone. The gang leader, Billy, wants revenge.

Director: James Wan

Writers: Ian Mackenzie Jeffers (screenplay), Brian Garfield (novel)

Stars: Kevin Bacon, Garrett Hedlund, Kelly Preston, Jordan Garrett, Stuart Lafferty, Aisha Tyler, John Goodman

Cast:

Kevin BaconNick Hume
Garrett HedlundBilly Darley
Kelly PrestonHelen Hume
Jordan GarrettLucas Hume
Stuart LaffertyBrendan Hume
Aisha TylerDetective Wallis
John GoodmanBones Darley
Matt O’LearyJoe Darley (as Matthew O’Leary)
Edi GathegiBodie
Hector Atreyu RuizHeco
Kanin HowellBaggy
Dennis KeifferJamie
Freddy BoucieguesTommy
Leigh WhannellSpink
Casey PierettiDog
Rich Ceraulo KoOwen (as Rich Ceraulo)
Beth KeenerAmy (as Elizabeth Keener)
Yorgo ConstantineMichael Barring
Juan-Carlos GuzmanSammy
Judith RobertsJudge Shaw
Aqeel HasanER Doctor
Kendrick CrossArmed Guard
Shontelle ThrashBank Teller
Michael BurgessCop #1
Nick BattisteCop #2
Kristina SipesNurse
Jay AmorDock Rat
Desiree MarkellaPointing Cook
Shawron GaffneyThug (uncredited)
Coby JenningsBully (uncredited)
Allen Johnson(uncredited)
Jim KeislerCourtroom Observer (uncredited)
Ray KendrickOffice Worker (uncredited)
Kimberly Ann KlasnicOffice Workers (uncredited)
Mark Jeffrey MillerClerk (uncredited)
Sammy Nagi NjugunaRestaurant waiter (uncredited)
Christopher PrivetteNumber 4 in Police Lineup (uncredited)
Ernest Rogers Sr.Bank Customer (uncredited)
Zachary Dylan SmithYoung Brendan Hume (uncredited)
Matthew Landon SparksThug #3 (uncredited)
Cydnee TaylorBaggy’s Sister (uncredited)
Justin WheelonOffice Worker (uncredited)
Kevin WoodsBarroom Thug #2 (uncredited)
Arthur YonCourtroom Observer (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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