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Death Sentence (2007)

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Nick Hume is a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses something that changes him forever. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when protecting his family.

Director:

James Wan

Writers:

Ian Mackenzie Jeffers (screenplay), Brian Garfield (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Nick Hume
Garrett Hedlund ... Billy Darley
Kelly Preston ... Helen Hume
Jordan Garrett ... Lucas Hume
Stuart Lafferty ... Brendan Hume
Aisha Tyler ... Detective Wallis
John Goodman ... Bones Darley
Matt O'Leary ... Joe Darley (as Matthew O'Leary)
Edi Gathegi ... Bodie
Hector Atreyu Ruiz ... Heco
Kanin Howell ... Baggy
Dennis Keiffer ... Jamie
Freddy Bouciegues ... Tommy
Leigh Whannell ... Spink
Casey Pieretti ... Dog
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Storyline

When a family falls victim to a vicious attack perpetrated as a gang initiation ritual, the vengeful father, Nick Hume, vows to track down each person involved in the crime. A sympathetic homicide detective questions her pledge to assist Hume after suspecting that he may have turned to murder as a means of exacting his revenge. Written by Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Protect What's Yours


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody brutal violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sentencia de muerte See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbia, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,231,321, 2 September 2007

Gross USA:

$9,534,258

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,974,459
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Bones Darley is opening up his gun safe, he quotes a line from The Crow by James O'Barr - "Fear is for the enemy. Fear, and bullets." See more »

Goofs

Several areas of the movie indicate it takes place in California (police car logo, police phone number with 310 area code); however, none of the cars have front license plates which is a state requirement in California. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nicholas "Nick" Hume: [while recording his family at Christmas] Okay, guys. Ready?
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Alternate Versions

Also released in a UNRATED version on DVD running 111 minutes. See more »

Connections

References Stygian (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

The Prodigal Sun
(2006)
Written by The Black Angels (as Black Angels)
Performed by The Black Angels
Courtesy of Light in the Attic
By Arrangement with Media Creature Music
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A Stunning And Gut-wrenching Experience
4 September 2007 | by docxavier951See all my reviews

I've been debating about how to review this film...and you know what? I'll keep it as lean and focused as "Death Sentence" was. I got to view some fine film-making, expertly acted and directed. Bacon has always been an actor whose dives head-first into difficult roles, and this one covers a wide range of emotions...from family concern and love to grief to rage to fear to finally cold machine-like calm. I was particularly impressed with James Wan, who really raised his game to A-list level, easily creating moments of drama, action and suspense. His skill gave the film moments of real entertainment, because the plot was not...it's bleak and brutal, and hardly ever lets up...but like Rob Zombie's "The Devil's Rejects" or William Friedkin's "Bug", the film will stay with me for a long time.


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