Reviewed byPavan KumarVote: 9/10/10
This is one of those films that I'd always try to remember. Thecharacters in the film are very realistic. Stephen Dorff, MarisaNichols carried it really well. MR. Kilmer played a pivotal roletowards the end, for all the dubious minds who'd question hischaracter/ role in the film.
I believe Ric Roman did a wonderful job by addressing the manydifferent situations that we as humans can go through in daily life. Itwas simple yet smart and a powerful film. I may not watch it again for,I do not want to witness the horrid situations again, but I'ddefinitely recommend it once for all!!
Reviewed byMr SaxonVote: 8/10/10
Most prison movies are essentially the same story told with differentcharacters. Usually the protagonist is convicted of a crime (which hedid or did not do), is sent to prison and finds that they have toeither adapt to their brutal new surroundings or die. Allies are won,enemies are made, death lurks around the corner. "Felon" is nodifferent but three things raise it above most others.
First is the setting. Filmed at the New Mexico State Penitentiary, themovie carries an air of authenticity and gritty realism that movie setssimply can't provide.
Next is the casting. Stephen Dorff has always been a very underratedactor and here he provides a wonderful portrayal of a man let down bythe legal system and cast adrift in a living nightmare. His descentfrom upstanding family man to an enraged prison inmate with fire in hiseyes and blood on his knuckles is perhaps predictable but Dorff sellsthe portrayal to the audience completely. However, Harold Perrineau andVal Kilmer are the real stars here. The first (whom avid fans of thetelevision shows "Lost" and "Oz" will already be familiar with) offersa great performance as Lieutenant Jackson, a happy family orientatedman outside of prison but a monster within its walls. Kilmer,meanwhile, is John Smith, the philosophical but potentially dangerousconvict who comes to befriend Dorff's Wade during their time together.
The third and final ingredient that ensures "Felon" impresses, is thepassionate directing by Ric Roman Waugh who also wrote the screenplay(based, apparently, on events at the notorious Californian StatePrison). With the help of some incredible editing, the movie powersalong at a frantic rate and rarely gives the audience time to breathe.If the ending is somewhat contrived, you can forgive it because thejourney to reach the conclusion was so intense.
Highly recommended, especially for fans of "The Shawshank Redemption","The Big House", "An Innocent Man" and "Lock Up".
Reviewed byRyan HunterVote: 8/10/10
I was lucky to see a screener for this film. At first I wasn'texpecting much as the last film I saw with Val Kilmer-Conspiracy-I shutoff 15 minutes into it in disgust.
Felon, is an excellent film with great acting, a great plot and gooddialog. This is by far the best movie I've seen Stephen Dorf in and ValKilmer gives a solid performance. While the storyline flirts withtypical prison antagonists and a pseudo-familiar plot the story is veryrealistic and highly believable.
Lots of suspense, good solid action, excellent cinematography and greatacting make this film a must see for drama/suspense fans. Its great tosee Val Kilmer resuming his place as one of the best actors of hisgeneration.
A family man Wade Porter is living the American Dream with his girlfriend Laura and their son Michael: they have a nice house, he has just raised a loan to make his company grow and they are going to get married. However their dream becomes a nightmare when Wade unintentionally kills a burglar that had broken into their house in the middle of the night on his lawn. He is sent to trial and accepts a deal proposed by the prosecutor, being sentenced to three years in prison. During the transportation, there is an incident in the bus and Wade is framed and sent to the maximum security wing under the command of the corrupt Lieutenant Jackson. His cell-mate John Smith that was sentenced to life revenging the death of his family befriends Wade and gives helpful advices and hope to Wade to return to his family.