YMMV / Death Sentence

The movie:

  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: On the one hand, Nick wants to protect his wife and remaining son from Billy and his gang of killers. On the other hand, he made himself out to be a Revenge Before Reason-invoker. Therefore, it can be hard to root for him.
  • Fridge Horror: Even if Luke does ever wake up from his coma, who's to say that he won't just commit suicide anyway after hearing that his entire family's dead?
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Billy and his gang of killers crosses this when one of their members kills Nick's son, Brendan, during a gang initiation dressed up as a gas-station holdup. And if that wasn't enough, they raid Nick's house later on in the film, with the leader himself fatally shooting Helen, the former's wife.
  • Narm: The cartoonish violence of the climax can really undercut all the dramatic stakes the movie had built up to that point.
  • One-Scene Wonder: John Goodman as Bones Darley, not in the film much but he owns the role he's given.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Averted. Author Brian Garfield loved the movie adaptation and how it makes the same point about revenge he was trying to make in the novel.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: For some, it's hard to sympathize with Nick by the end of the movie, considering that it's his fault that he put his family in danger in the first place. Which is the message of the movie: Vigilantism isn't all it's cracked up to be.

The comic book:

  • Complete Monster: David "Monty" Montgomery is a depraved, hedonistic comedian who ends up infected by the incurable G+ virus. Now with the powers of hypnosis and telekinesis, Monty decides to make the most of his last months on Earth. Initially using his powers to force a nun into sleeping with him—not an isolated incident—Monty quickly thereafter rapes and murders the Queen of England before telekinetically blowing up the skulls of the Royal Family and proclaiming himself King of England. After hypnotizing an entire battalion of soldiers numbering in the hundreds to kill themselves—and forcing seventy of the survivors to shoot themselves—Monty decapitates the Prime Minister to secure total reign over England. Monty quickly lavishes in his new position and turns London into his own private hellhole, influencing millions through public broadcast to engage in whatever depraved pursuits they want out in the streets while using his powers to pursue further sexual fantasies. Monty further engrosses himself by blowing up the heads of an entire crowd of people simply for annoying him, and once he learns a naval fleet has been sent out to stop him, Monty murders over a million people—children not spared—in one fell swoop, using his telekinetic abilities to extend his range. Monty hypnotizes the captain to rape one of his own men before making the entire armada kill itself, finally necessitating a nuke dropped on central London purely for the purpose of wiping him out. Even after all the carnage and millions adoring him under his influence—and millions more dead—Monty admits he still isn't satisfied in the end. A degenerate narcissist who thoroughly undermines anything that could be considered a humane quality within him, Monty represents a picture of what a psychopath with no other resources might become with the powers to exercise whatever they might have wanted.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Since G+ abilities are linked to creativity, Verity and Weasel are at one point pumped full of psychotropic drugs in order to see how it will affect their powers. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: For all that Weasel is a selfish fuck-up, he genuinely loves his son.
  • Inferred Holocaust: It's mentioned at one point that by the time Verity and Weasel reach London, Monty has murdered over three million people. And by the end, central London has been nuked to hell in order to wipe Monty completely out of existence.
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