Death Sentence - death sentence

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German title Death Sentence - death sentence
Original title Death Sentence
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2007
length 110 minutes
Age rating FSK 18
JMK 16
Director James Wan
script Ian Jeffers
production Ashok Amritraj ,
Howard Baldwin ,
Karen Elise Baldwin
music Charlie Clouser
camera John R. Leonetti
cut Michael N. Knue

Death Sentence - Death Sentence (Original Title: Death Sentence ) is an American thriller from 2007 . Directed by James Wan , the screenplay was written by Ian Jeffers based on the novel Death Sentence by Brian Garfield .


Nick Hume is a married company manager with two sons. His older son Brendan is killed by a member of a gang as part of an initiation ritual in a fake raid on a gas station. Hume fights this gang member, Joe Darley, whose mask he rips off his face while the others disappear.

Detective Wallis is leading the investigation. She organizes a confrontation in which Hume identifies the perpetrator. However, Hume learns from the prosecutor that he wants to make a deal with the perpetrator for three to five years in prison because there was no video surveillance at the crime scene, no blood of the victim could be found in the perpetrator and Hume was the only eyewitness.

Since Hume considers the punishment threatened to be too mild, he claims in court that he does not recognize the perpetrator and kills Joe in vigilante justice. The gang around their leader Billy Darley tries in turn to kill him and his family. Hume, his wife and younger son Lucas are ambushed and shot down. Hume wakes up in a hospital, where he learns that only he and Lucas - who is in a coma - are still alive.

Hume finds and kills Billy Darley and most of the gang, but is shot himself in the process. At home he is watching videos of his family on the couch. From the arriving police he learns that Lucas will survive. It remains to be seen whether Hume will die of his injuries in the living room.


Justin Chang wrote in Variety magazine that the film was "well made" and often "intensely captivating". However, compared to the ethical considerations, the action is paramount.

Roger Ebert compared the film in the Chicago Sun-Times on August 31, 2007 with the Death Wish series . Some scenes are effective, but the film is mostly a film about a crowd of people shooting at each other. Bacon offers a character that the film needs.

Cinema magazine wrote that the film started "strong" and dropped "strong". It would go from a “bitter family drama” to an “ultra brutal revenge thriller”, which however had “virtuoso staged [e]” action scenes.

The film service judged: "Just as simple as tough action film, whose low level of reflection does not do justice to the subject of revenge in any way."


  • In court, the judge is played by Judith Roberts , who played Mary Shaw in Dead Silence , which Wan also directed. James Wan's allusion here is the name tag that says Judge Shaw.
  • In the scene in the warehouse you can see the doll face of the Saw parts , on which James Wan also worked, several times .
  • In the extended version, which was not released in Germany, you can see Nick Hume (Kevin Bacon) bleeding to death on the couch at the end. The unrated version was about 6 minutes longer.
  • Pilot Speed wrote the song for the film with "Alright".


The film was in Columbia ( South Carolina turned). It had its world premiere on 20 May 2007 at the at the International Film Festival of Cannes settled Cannes Film Market . In August 2007 it was shown at the Fantasy Film Festival .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Certificate of Release for Death Sentence . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , September 2007 (PDF; test number: 111 231 K).
  2. Age designation for Death Sentence . Youth Media Commission .
  3. Justin Chang's review, accessed September 10, 2007
  4. ^ Film review by Roger Ebert, accessed on September 10, 2007
  5. Cinema, accessed on September 10, 2007 ( Memento of the original from October 11, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  6. ^ Film Service, accessed September 10, 2007
  7. ^ Filming locations for Death Sentence, accessed September 10, 2007
  8. Death Sentence premiere dates, accessed September 10, 2007