Hardened killers vs an accountant and family man. Guess who wins. No one.
Based on the 1975 novel by Brian Garfield (who also wrote Death Wish
) and directed by James Wan, one of the creators of Saw
, Death Sentence is a 2007 action thriller revenge film about Nick Hume, a father who takes the law into his own hands after his son is murdered by a gang as an initiation ritual. Hume must then protect his family from the gang's resulting vengeance.
This film provide examples of:
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- Deconstruction: Vigilantism makes everything worse, instead of its usual depiction of fighting wrongs with violence; by the end of the movie, Luke is the only surviving member of his immediate family.
- Downer Ending: Nick had his wife killed by the Darley gang, and Nick himself dies from his injuries leaving his remaining son in turmoil if he lives long enough.
- The Hero Dies: The uncut version shows Nick himself dying of his injuries at the end.
- Kill 'em All: The entire Darley gang and Nick's family dies in the end, save for Luke.
- Patricide: Billy kills Bones when he learn that his father had been selling weapons to Nick, right behind his back.
- Reality Ensues: The film does not romanticize vigilantism and vengeance in the least; Nick is an emotional wreck after killing the first gang member and it escalates into the gang retaliating against his family, killing his wife and putting his other son in a coma. Nick himself dies from wounds from his last stand against the thugs, coming to the realization that after his breaking point, he wound up Not So Different from them after all.