Late to the Party: Death Sentence
Late to the Party: Death Sentence (2007)
Well don’t let me smell fear on you. Fear is for the enemy.
Fear and bullets. Lots of fucking bullets.
Revenge flicks are one of my favorite genre’s of film, I mean, who doesn’t love a good ol’ fashion rampage am I right? That being said, since “Late to the Party” is all about revisiting flicks that are no longer in the limelight, I thought I would revisit one of my favorite movies, James Wan’s Death Sentence.
Death Sentence is the tale of Nick Hume (Kevin Bacon), loving husband and proud father of two who’s life is for all intents and purposes, perfect. But after his oldest son is murdered as part of a gang initiation, Nick’s perfect world is drug through the gutter as he falls deeper into homicidal rage.
James Wan was fresh off of Saw when he was picked up for Death Sentence, and he brings a lot of the same cinematic flair of his first film to Death Sentence. The bleak, dirty setting slowly taking over Nick’s clean picturesque life as he loses everything in the name of vengeance. The film’s pacing is quick and things get pushed to us pretty fast, but this is in no way a bad thing, the pacing works really well for the somewhat frantic nature of the movie, and none of the scenes feel like they’d been rushed through too quickly.
Kevin Bacon delivered a superb performance as Nick Hume, perfectly playing a white collar family man who is out of his element, but too angry to give a damned. The drastic character shift in the third act was played believably and you really felt for Nick during his downward spiral.
Garrett Hedlund plays a great antagonist as Billy Darley, a gang leader who’s brother, the initiate who sets Hume’s swath of revenge in motion. In a lot of ways Darley and Hume are a lot alike, only from two completely different worlds, but dealing with loss in the same way.
John Goodman is only in a few scenes, but he absolutely chews everyone he is in. He delivers an incredibly entertaining performance as Bones Darley, Billy’s not so loving boss and father.
Death Sentence is a rare jem that I honestly don’t really have anything negative to say about it. It hit a lot of levels in a satisfying way, and didn’t leave me wanting for anything. This is a movie that I can put at any time and enjoy it just as much as I did when I first saw it in theaters.