i cannot think of the words to praise this film (by hedpelife)
i cannot think of the words to praise this film as it is one of the most awe inspiring films i have ever seen. it will make everyone who watches it appreciate everything in their life so much more. truly one of the great films of this century....it will probably not be remembered like this but it truly is. The acting is superb, by all the actors. It is an emotional roller-coaster of a film, bringing you emotions as varied as sorrow, joy and anger. It makes you realise the unjust nature of the world we live in, and how the worst things can happen to the nicest of people. If i can sum up in a <more>
sentence what i feel about this film it is.....the best film i have seen for many years bar none,a truly inspiring piece of filmwork and story telling, a must see for everyone :D
Let me say first off that I'm not into that whole action-thriller-nail biting-under ware staining kinda movie....which is OK because this film is more of a drama than anything else. It kinda reminded me of "The Shawshank Redemption" another great movie with Stephen Dorff being Tim Robbins and Val Kilmer being Morgan Freeman the comparison is a little bit forced but still valid with the two movies plots being somewhat similar . The movie delivers a very diverse emotional palette, with tear breaking scenes all the way to explicit hardcore violence thanks to incredible acting by <more>
Dorff, Kilmer and Perrineau, truly bringing their characters to life. All in all, one of the best action dramas i've seen.....definitely a must see movie.
I give it a 10 out of 10 because it kept me in front of the screen, I think it portrayed the prison life from many different perspectives. Despite this dark storyline it's a film I enjoyed more than many others in the last years. It's the first time I leave a comment in 3 years at IMDb, just to let you understand how I enjoyed this film. All characters are developed to suit the overall story, without going too deep or to shallow. Especially Harold Perrineau surprised me, this is his best performance to date. Val Kilmer was just a pleasure to see, this dark Character suited him very <more>
well, his acting becomes better and better the older he gets. Great screenplay followed up by a formidable cast. I look forward to see more from Ric Roman Waugh.
This is one of those films that I'd always try to remember. The characters in the film are very realistic. Stephen Dorff, Marisa Nichols carried it really well. MR. Kilmer played a pivotal role towards the end, for all the dubious minds who'd question his character/ role in the film.I believe Ric Roman did a wonderful job by addressing the many different situations that we as humans can go through in daily life. It was 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'd definitely recommend it once for <more>
I will keep this brief. Felon is little short of a masterpiece. Dorff and Kilmer both deliver deep and emotional performances that goes right through the screen. This is Kilmers best performance since Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Dorff, who I haven't seen in quite a while, does an amazing portrait of an ordinary man who is forced to make some terrible choices just to stay alive and be able to go back to his life.All characters are human and believable. The story is quite simple but in the same time moving and heartbreaking. The camera work has an almost documentary feel which heightens the <more>
story and makes the film even more realistic. All the pieces fell together seamlessly and made one hell of a movie. See it!
Abandon all hope, ye who enter here (by matthewdblack)
I just got home from seeing a screener of this movie. It would be an understatement to say that movie is phenomenal. Steven Dorff plays in his finest role to date as a man who, in the process of protecting his family, is torn from them and himself.This film brings to light a side of society that none too many are familiar with: The United States penal system and its subhuman politics of both inmate, and prison employee.The suspense will entrance you, the violence will shock you, and the realism will hopefully bring to light that this story unfolds in our country on a daily basis. Everyday <more>
honest, hardworking men and women are forcefully turned into animals in a system that is not meant to rehabilitate, but to break you down.This film is, without a doubt, one of the most gripping and tragic tales that i have had the honor of experiencing, and i hope that it sheds light for the viewer more than it entertains.
It's really nice to stumble upon good movies when you don't expect it. Nowadays, we are becoming more and more guided by the marketing that goes behind the movies, to realize when we actually go see them that we are often left unsatisfied.Felon is a movie about a man who is working hard to create a life for himself and his family, he has worked hard to establish his own business and feels as though he is finally ready to start reaping the fruits of his labour. Then, life brings a unexpected twist and he finds himself in prison. From this point on, we see transformations of a man who <more>
is forced into a new world where he has no control.This movie is a great glimpse of the extreme conditions that the American correctional system can create. It also displays very well how people can get corrupted by power. All the actors in this movie shine and portray perfectly their characters. The story is very well told and by the end of the movie, you are left reflecting on how the correctional system has so many flaws and how it drives people to become their worst, both as inmates and as guards. However, the film also shows that even in these circumstances, there are great acts of humanity and compassion.A very good movie, definitely worth the watch. 8/10.
I was lucky to see a screener for this film. At first I wasn't expecting much as the last film I saw with Val Kilmer-Conspiracy-I shut off 15 minutes into it in disgust.Felon, is an excellent film with great acting, a great plot and good dialog. This is by far the best movie I've seen Stephen Dorf in and Val Kilmer gives a solid performance. While the storyline flirts with typical prison antagonists and a pseudo-familiar plot the story is very realistic and highly believable.Lots of suspense, good solid action, excellent cinematography and great acting make this film a must see for <more>
drama/suspense fans. Its great to see Val Kilmer resuming his place as one of the best actors of his generation.
Most prison movies are essentially the same story told with different characters. Usually the protagonist is convicted of a crime which he did or did not do , is sent to prison and finds that they have to either adapt to their brutal new surroundings or die. Allies are won, enemies are made, death lurks around the corner. "Felon" is no different but three things raise it above most others.First is the setting. Filmed at the New Mexico State Penitentiary, the movie carries an air of authenticity and gritty realism that movie sets simply can't provide. Next is the casting. <more>
Stephen Dorff has always been a very underrated actor and here he provides a wonderful portrayal of a man let down by the legal system and cast adrift in a living nightmare. His descent from upstanding family man to an enraged prison inmate with fire in his eyes and blood on his knuckles is perhaps predictable but Dorff sells the portrayal to the audience completely. However, Harold Perrineau and Val Kilmer are the real stars here. The first whom avid fans of the television shows "Lost" and "Oz" will already be familiar with offers a great performance as Lieutenant Jackson, a happy family orientated man outside of prison but a monster within its walls. Kilmer, meanwhile, is John Smith, the philosophical but potentially dangerous convict who comes to befriend Dorff's Wade during their time together. The third and final ingredient that ensures "Felon" impresses, is the passionate directing by Ric Roman Waugh who also wrote the screenplay based, apparently, on events at the notorious Californian State Prison . With the help of some incredible editing, the movie powers along at a frantic rate and rarely gives the audience time to breathe. If the ending is somewhat contrived, you can forgive it because the journey 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".