Death Sentence

DeathSentenceUnrated20071695_fDeath Sentence. Is that what it feels like to watch this movie? This is a movie is a basic revenge movie where a son is killed and the father goes out to eliminate the gang members that killed him. In a nut shell…that is it. There were some decent action sequences, the chase and fight in the parking garage comes to mind, but after that, most of this film is forgettable and at times laughable.

I did not like the fact that the police were made out to be complete idiots. They are made out to have the savy of a 6th grade patrol officer in school…and that is probably insulting to the 6th grader. Not that I think police are infallible, but some of the things I read praise this movie for it’s rough realism, and to me to think police could act as a whole, with such stupidity takes it out of realism right away. Not intended to be funny, but I almost laughed out loud when Kevin Bacon’s (Apollo 13) character, Nick, escaped from the hospital. We are to think that he walked miles in the rain in a hospital gown with his ass flapping in the wind and no one stopped him? And that wasn’t the funny part, putting bandages on his head in slow motion with the over dramatic macho music, it was like Rambo tying his headband and strapping grenades to his belt. He just needed a camo hospital gown and a survival knife and I would have been ready to see Mr. Bacon take on a small country.

The film also stars Kelly Preston (Jerry MaGuire) and John Goodman (O Brother, Where Art Thou). John Goodman to me gives the best performance, and his role is pretty small.  This film did have a few high points, but overall it was pretty much a disappointment to me. My thoughts, you can skip this one and not miss out on much.

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