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Death Sentence

So it has been a long, long while since I last posted to the blog, and I'm sorry. I'm still reading the same book that I've been reading for the past, like six to nine weeks. It's one of those books where once you pick it up, it sucks you in. But once you put it down, you can leave it there for days ... which is what I've been doing. I am near the end, and eventually I will finish it.

This review is about the movie Death Sentence that stars Kevin Bacon, Garrett Hedlund, Kelly Preston and Aisha Tyler.

The movie is based on a novel by the same name (the novel happens to be the sequel to the novel Death Wish which spawned a movie series by the same title; however, Death Sentence is in no way related to Death Wish the movie). It tells the tragic tale of Nick Hume (Kevin Bacon), a husband and father, whose older son is slaughtered in a convenience store hold up. It's not long before Nick decides to take justice into his own hands and hunts down the gang banger that killed his son. Nick's act of vengeance unwittingly sparks a war between the gang and himself that will escalate into a violent bloodbath.

Bacon portrays an ordinary, everyman; he is a corporate vice president who doesn't have any training with guns or combat. This is why I found myself thinking the man was extremely lucky in some action scenes in which he has some close calls with death. Ultimately Bacon's character pays some hard consequences and a steep price for the war he starts with his act of vengeance.

The movie is a disturbing, graphic, violent, modern day tragedy that has pulse pounding action. It also offers some intense, innovative shots. The movie is accompanied by a haunting soundtrack and score that greatly add to mood and tragedy of the film.

This DVD is available upon request from Annville Free Library, and I highly recommend you try it out.

--reviewed by Ms. Angie


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