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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't end up in a US prison
Well, try not to end up in ANY prison! This film depicts the events that could occur from one unlucky situation happening in the middle of the night. Stephen Dorff plays construction business owner Wade Porter who seems to have a decent future ahead. He's just been approved for a loan for his business, his wife and young son are happy at home. One night a burglar is...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Felon - Blu-ray Info
Version: U.S.A / Sony / Region A, B, C
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
MPEG-4 AVC BD-50 / AACS / High Profile 4.1
Running time: 1:44:04
Movie size: 24,08 GB
Disc size: 30,21 GB
Total bit rate: 30.86 Mbps
Average video bit rate: 25.22 Mbps
Subtitles: English (SDH), English, French
Number of chapters: 16
Dolby TrueHD Audio...
Published on 31 Jan 2009 by STEELBOOK_MAN
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't end up in a US prison,
This review is from: Felon [DVD] (DVD)Well, try not to end up in ANY prison! This film depicts the events that could occur from one unlucky situation happening in the middle of the night. Stephen Dorff plays construction business owner Wade Porter who seems to have a decent future ahead. He's just been approved for a loan for his business, his wife and young son are happy at home. One night a burglar is discovered in the room of Porter's son. This leads to confrontation between the burglar and Porter resulting in the death of the burglar. Porter is then sentenced to three years imprisonment and the nightmare begins.
Val Kilmer also stars in this film and plays mass murderer John Smith. Nate Parker provides a fine performance in his role as Officer James Collins, questioning the ethics of Lieutenant Jackson played by Harold Perrineau.
The harsh realities of life in a US jail are on display here. I didn't really like the ending as it seemed too convenient and I feel unrealistic.
A fine film on the whole, worth a watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good film,
This review is from: Felon [DVD] (DVD)although I had seen it before its still worth a watch, run of the mill prison stuff, with a twist
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4.0 out of 5 stars "You're an island now in a sea of sharks",
This review is from: Felon [DVD] (DVD)Construction business owner Wade Porter(Stephen Dorff)accidentally kills a home intruder and is sentenced to three years in a maximum security prison.There he is cellmates with notorious mass killer John Smith(Val Kilmer)all the while trying to stay under the radar and out of the clutches of sadistic head guard Jackson(Harold Perrinau).
Uncompromising but riveting and brilliantly shaded prison drama is head and shoulders the best release from Sony's Fight Factory Series.Dorff is terrific as is Kilmer and with a supporting cast numbering Sam Shepard,Anne Archer and crucially Marisol Nichols as Porter's partner,writer and director Waugh's pungent,beautifully layered script is given it's full justice.Felon makes Oz look like a cartoon as it plays out it's hand of being a subtle indictment of the U.S penal system,a detailed character piece and a brutal actioner with some skill.
Remarkably cliche free, it can be excused going a little crowd pleasing in the final act because Felon is both superb entertainment and a thoughtful examination of how somebody's humanity and resolve can be severely tested after making one mistake in a largely good life and the consequences that are meted out by a system that only cares about the system.
A knockout of a film and deserves to be better known.
The one extra is a short docu which shows just how far Waugh was prepared to go to make Felon as realistic as possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Gritty Prison Movie,
This review is from: Felon [DVD] (DVD)Watched this last night and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Dont let the tacky synopsis written by amazon put you off, this isnt some cheap 'Vin Diesel' style punch-fest, this is actually a very gruesome look at life in a top-security prison (albeit with some action movie elements thrown in). This is obviously no shawshank redemption but it is a well acted, enjoyable and believable movie. Highly recommended!.. Also couldn'd believe that John Smith, the mass murderer, was played by Val Kilmer.. he was completely unrecognisable! Anyway go buy this as its excellent.
5.0 out of 5 stars Based on real life events!,
This review is from: Felon [DVD] (DVD)After accidently killing the burglar who broke into his home, even though the burglar was running away, Wade is arrested. After being sentenced to 3 years in a maximum security prison, in SHU I believe, he learns he needs to toughen up. He has to share a cell with mass murder, John, who isn't as bad as his crime is depicted and who teaches Wade a lesson or two on reality and life!
A friend recommended this to me and I'm glad she did. It was an interesting watch, not what I was expecting at all. I googled it afterwards as I was intrigued and found out it was based on events that happened in a Californian prison in the 90s. The ending was touching and nearly brought a tear to my eyes.
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll start off with someone else's quote...,
This review is from: Felon [DVD] (DVD)I read on an internet message board that someone said about `Felon' and how it's "The best film ever to go straight to DVD."
Well, I'm not sure it's the best ever, but I kind of know where that quote came from. It is damn good. However, it is also very BLEAK. Wow, is it depressing from time to time. It is dark, gritty, nasty, sad, frustrating and then all of those again.
It tells the story of a decent family man who (sort of) accidentally kills a burglar one night and gets sent to prison. There he must learn the inner workings of the new `society' he finds himself in. Many people may draw parallels with the excellent `Shawshank Redemption.' Yes, they are both about similar subject matter, but they're both very different. Felon uses a lot of handheld camerawork, giving it a deliberately amateur `documentary' feel to it, which adds to the realism.
Just like Shawshank, Felon has no `weak links' when it comes to its actors. I don't normally think much of Val Kilmer, but here he plays his part well and you'll find you have sympathy for everyone here, even some people you think you may not normally like.
All it all, Felon is a great little movie. It probably should have got a full theatrical release, but its sombre tone may well alienate the general populous. If you're in the mood for something dark then you'll probably appreciate this.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie I ever seen,
This review is from: Felon [DVD] (DVD)Simply fantastic.
Seen it 9 times, and
loves it. Including my girlfriend.
Great film, you will not regret buying this!
4.0 out of 5 stars SUPERIOR PRISON DRAMA,
This review is from: Felon [DVD] (DVD)Grips you from the get go and moves you aswell.Excellent performances allround from Sam Shephard,Stephen Dorph and Val Kilmer.Well worth having in your collection.Check out "Brake" aswell.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film,
This review is from: Felon [DVD] (DVD)How prison life can change a person mentally to get through it and how thaat effects people on the outside
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kilmer Classic,
This review is from: Felon [DVD] (DVD)This is my third attempt at writing a review of Felon in my previous two I criticised what I considered to be a fairly misleading synopsis of the film by Amazon. Then low and behold my review was never printed.
So here goes attempt number three.
Felon is no dumb action film. The lead Steven Dorf is excellent as the honest man who in the eyes of the law went to far in defending his wife,child and home against a robber. He ends up in a maximum security prison where he soon falls foul of the corrupt guards. Three things set Felon apart from your typical prison film. One it also focuses on those left behind on the outside. Notably Dorf's wife as she struggles to hang on to their home and pay the bills.Two the bulk of the inmates in the film are actual gang members thus giving the film a genuine sense of realism. Three is Val Kilmer as "Wade's " cell mate and mass murderer John Smith. Kilmer gives the film real depth and is wholly credible as the old lag who takes "Wade" after initial misgivings under his tattooed wing and teaches him how to survive in the "Shu" Secure Housing Unit. Its a shame Felon was never given a theatrical release as it might have done well at the cinema. As for the dvd there is an excellent documentary but nothing much else. I gave it five stars because Val Kilmers outstanding performance merited a star all of its own. This film will certainly put you of going to jail.
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