After watching this last night on DVD, I came online to read the reviews it got and was really shocked at the bad press it's recieved. If you haven't seen it, I'd recommend it. It was touching, terrifying and exciting in equal doses.
I generally like revenge flicks but one of the main problems they usually have is that the act of vengeance takes place halfway through and the rest of the film starts losing it's way... not here. In this film, it's a war from start to finish between Kevin Bacon's smart-suited family man and a street gang. Essentially a remake of Death Wish and an adaptation of that novel's sequel, Death Sentence carries the theme off very well and had me gripped throughout.
The opening scenes of tragedy were very moving, but the 'action' sequences that ensue are also very well handled. If you like your one-take sequences, then there's a beautiful five minute steadicam shot as Bacon is chased through a multi-storey car park. Also, the shootouts that take place are very visceral and engaging, despite the bad guys' abysmal aiming!
On another note, I cannot understand the criticisms that claim the film glorifies revenge. Yes, at first, we want nothing more than to see these lowlives get their comeuppance but as the film spirals into chaos, it's a clear message that revenge comes with a massive price to pay. In my opinion, this is one of the classier and most entertaining revenge flicks out there.