[[caption-width-right:350:Hardened killers vs an accountant and family man. Guess who wins? [[spoiler: No one.]]]]

Based on the 1975 novel by Brian Garfield (who also wrote ''Literature/DeathWish'') and directed by James Wan, one of the creators of ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'', ''Death Sentence'' is a 2007 action thriller revenge film starring Creator/KevinBacon as 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:

%%* ActionSurvivor
* BaldOfAwesome: Nick shaves his head before going out to war.
* {{Bald of Evil}}: Billy Darley.
* BloodstainedGlassWindows: The final shootout is in the chapel of an abandoned asylum.
%%* CarFu
* ChekhovsGun: Literally. Bones Darley is working on a double barreled shotgun in the scene where he's arguing with his son. The same gun is later bought by Nick Hume to use in his assault on Billy and his gang.
* ClusterFBomb: It's an adult-oriented film with ''pervasive language'', do you expect anything different?
* CycleOfRevenge: Unlike ''Film/DeathWish'', Nick's pursuit of revenge ends up sparking an escalating war [[spoiler:which ruins his life, destroys what's left of his family and results in his death]].
* {{Deconstruction}}: This film deconstructs the urban vigilante film that ''Death Wish'' pioneered by showing how vigilantism makes everything worse instead of its usual depiction of fighting wrongs with violence. By the end of the movie, By the end of the movie, [[spoiler:Luke is the only surviving member of his immediate family -- and even then, he could still either die in his coma or manage to wake up but be DrivenToSuicide anyway upon learning about his entire family's deaths.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Nick without doubt. Serious injuries? Multiple armed thugs who have the home field advantage? That's not gonna stop him from getting his revenge.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: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.]]
%%* EqualOpportunityEvil
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Bones knows Nick is going after his son, but believes that if he's going as far as arming himself to the teeth, his son deserves it.
* HandCannon: By the way of [[CoolGuns Colt Python]]. Bones even talks about another hand cannon, a Desert Eagle, calling it the Sword of Justice.
* HappierHomeMovie: [[spoiler:Near the end of the movie, Nick settles down to watch one of these. After losing his wife and nearly losing his other son, this is pretty much all he has left of his family. And then, he dies of his wounds]].
* TheHeroDies: The uncut version shows [[spoiler:Nick himself dying of his injuries at the end.]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Nick, after his older son's death, but especially [[spoiler:after his young son is nearly killed and his wife is killed]].
* ImportantHaircut: Nick shaves his head before his big revenge spree.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:The entire Darley gang and Nick's family dies in the end, save for Luke.]]
%%* LargeHam: Bones Darley
%%* LoserSonOfLoserDad: Billy and Bones.
* MacheteMayhem: Brendan is cut down by a gang member armed with a machete early on in the film. Nick considers using a machete in response but instead opts for a much more concealable knife.
* MadeOfIron: Nick suffers various injuries that would normally cripple a person, such as falling through a banister down to the first floor, and being involved in a car crash, just to name a few. He more or less shrugs them off and continues on.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Nick's outrage over the legal fate of his son's murderer drives him to engage in an act of revenge killing, which in turn spawns revenge killings in retaliation, which spawns even more revenge killing.
* NotSoDifferent: Billy does this with Nick [[spoiler:before he's killed]].
--> '''Billy''': Look at you. You look like one of us. Look what I made you.
* TheOner: The long continuous shot of Nick's shootout with several gangmembers in a parking garage while he's chasing down a certain {{mook}}. The camera continues filming the action, without cuts, as Nick (and the fleeing mook) run up the levels of the garage; at several points, the camera actually backs out of the garage to go up a floor (as if flying).
* PantsPositiveSafety: Nick does this without even a second thought.
* {{Patricide}}: [[spoiler:Billy kills Bones when he learn that his father had been selling weapons to Nick, right behind his back.]]
* RealityEnsues: 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 [[spoiler: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 NotSoDifferent from them after all.]]
* RecklessGunUsage: Just watch Nick testing out his guns and try not to cringe.
%%* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: ''And how''!
%%* ShowerOfAngst
* SlashedThroat: Brendan's death, by way of machete.
* TitleDrop: Billy Darly does this during his threat to go after the rest of Nick's family.
-->'''Billy:''' ''You just bought them a death sentence, motherfucker!''
* VengeanceFeelsEmpty: This is how Det. Jessica Wallis thinks Nick Hume's revenge spree will end. [[spoiler:She's right]].
-->'''Wallis:''' ''This thing stops right now. God knows why you're still alive. But you're being given a second chance. You think that officer's out there protecting you? He's protecting you from yourself. He'll haul your ass right to jail if I say so. You want your retribution and you kill a couple of punks, and it brought you what? Huh? Everybody thinks they're right in a war. Everybody still dies in the end. You are never going to win this, Mr. Hume. Nobody is.''
* WeaponOfChoice: Nick's preferred weapon seems to be a double barreled shotgun even though the people he's going up against have machine guns and other weapons with higher capacity.