Directed by James Wan
What it’s about:
Death Sentence centers on a man – a rather classic American family guy with a wife and two teenage boys. When an unfathomable thing happens, his life is turned on it’s side and this is all about his response and reaction.
What I Liked
I didn’t expect to like Death Sentence. I expected it to be bloody and violent and very Punisheresque. I mean – look at that cover art! And it was – but I loved it. And it ripped me apart emotionally.
It was was an extremely plausible storyline. Maybe a little over the top in a few places, but the realism of everyday life portrayed as a family, as well as the emotional account of “dealing with it” was spot-on.
The family members were likeable and authentic – from the very beginning. The bad guys… well, I can’t say much about that, but they too, showed they had some heart and weren’t complete animals. Even though I would never behave the way this dad did, I completely understand how and why he did what he did. (How vague can I be here as to not spoil this for anyone?)
And finally, I cried. Not just once, but repeatedly throughout this experience. Sure, it was violent, but coming from someone who has been touched by unnecessary and unexplainable tragedy more than once, this hit home. I think this is a remarkable account of reaction to a terrible thing.
What I Didn’t Like
Of course, the violence here made me cringe and my stomach turn. But I don’t think this story would have been nearly as powerful with anything less. The ending also ticked me off a little too. Why abandon everthing remaining that way? There was, after all, one great thing to live for still. That hurt too.
I wonder also if Death Wish (Bruce Willis, 2018) was a remake of this one – or the basic story line ripped off from Death Sentence. They seem pretty similar to me. This one was better though.
My Final Thoughts
This movie is an example of why, exactly, I’m doing this personal movie project. I love movies that give me an emotional response. I Am Legend (you know that 2007 Will Smith zombie movie?) was the last one to issue such anguish from my heart. I am glad I watched Death Sentence, but I don’t need to see it again. Once was enough.
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