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During the opening credits we are introduced to the perfect family via home movies and domestic scenes: Nick Hume (Kevin Bacon) is the devoted father, Helen (Kelly Preston) his bright and loving wife, Brendan (Stuart Lafferty) is the golden boy son with all the hockey laurels, and Lucas (Jordan Garrett) the younger 'also ran' son. The glitch in this family's happiness happens one night when, out of gas while driving home from a hockey game, Nick stops at a gas station and while Brendan is in the convenience store a gang comes in and murders the store owner and Brendan: the reason for the killing is not robbery but an initiation rite into a gang accomplished by young Joe Darley (Matt O'Leary) and the demand of his older brother Billy (Garrett Hedlund, in a very out of character role from his usual 'Troy', 'Friday Night Lights', 'Eragon', 'Georgia Rule' persona). Nick witnesses the killing and when the lawyers and police work with him in the aftermath to 'arrange a deal' instead of a murder trial, Nick decides to take matters in hi s own hands.
The Darley brothers are part of a ruthless gang sponsored by their own father Bones Darley (John Goodman, in a very dark and well-realized role).Read more ›
This movie is a wicked ride. For all you Death Wish, Straw Dogs, and The Crow fans out there, this film is dark and gritty. Fast paced action and some good raw emotion. I won't ruin the story but if revenge is your kind of dish i recomend you pick this up, grab a snack and sit back and watch Kevin Bacon kick so much @$$ you'll probably go blind.
There is a moral tucked in here too as well as the in built desire for revenge we all have - i think we will all be able to relate to this movie in one way or another - RECOMMENDED !!
Cliche's become fresh again if they are done well. The scenes of violence taken independently are well composed. The acting is all well done, but you must also really give credit to good music scores and the cinematography for making it work.
A brief list of movie points (without giving anything away):
Casting is very well done, especially with Goodman and the bad guys. Bacon is a great choice as he can play the family man, victim, and psycho all very well.
The beginning tries to establish the characters to build empathy for their later duress. This is standard, necessary, but a little sappy - so don't get too critical.
The buildup for the first violent scene is excellent as you scream at Bacon to open his eyes to where he is and what is going down (classic horror).
The 'bad guys' hang out is introduced to the sound of Jimi Hendrix, and they are very well casted as dudes you do not want to ### with.
John Goodman is simply outstanding in his role and acting.
The first revenge scene is very believable in how it happens.
The 'bad guys' are shown as having emotions and intellect, not just as dehumanized thugs, + the balls to whack you at your favorite Starbucks at noon (there's no Starbucks in the movie, just making a point).
The 'Rambo' part of the film fullfills it's brutal purpose with a neat change in filming.
The end scene gives a tribute to Robert De Niro's early work in Taxi Driver.
You will probably be left with a dark alienated mood not a clear simple message. So watch it for the mood, not a message.
"2 thumbs up"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a shocking and well paced thriller that is sure to rattle your emotional sensibilities to the core. Strongly recommended!!!Published 5 days ago by Barry Keels
'Death Wish' Sentence has some exceptionally crappy acting, but lots of Hollywood gun and fist fights. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Eddie H.L
Pure bloody revenge film. Leave your brain at the door and just enjoy Kevin Bacon blowing away the bad guys. Read morePublished 17 days ago by cullions889
The movie was unable to play on my Blu-Ray. It read an error message asking to enter a code. Be careful before buying.Published 21 days ago by Gabriela Duenas
This movie for me had eerie recollections of Class of 1984. Anyone remember that? It was a violent minor classic of the 80s. Read morePublished 1 month ago by W Boudville
I decided to order many of my favorite films in the last month or two, so among the 70 or 80 films I ordered, I failed to notice the box at the bottom of this one that says this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by DAH Rosco
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