When I watched this movie recently it was like one of my worst nightmares had been told by director Rick Roman Waugh. Can you imagine by just protecting your family and your properties you brake the law accidentally by yourself? This is what happens to main character Wade Porter played by Stephen Dorff.
Felon tells the story about the nice family man Wade Porter with a good future who loses all when he by accident kills a thief that broke into his house. Sentenced for manslaughter he has for the next three years to face the hard reality in prison, where the rules of the normal society are no longer valid. Whilst doing his time in prison he not just need to survive but also has to make decisions that can cost him even more years of his life.
Until now, I just knew Stephen Dorff as a vampire and I find his play very convincing. At some point the two different worlds of society and prison collide and the pain when Porter seems to lose his wife and kid is real and not over the top. On some forums I read there were complains about to much camera movements. It was OK for me, as it gave some scenes a special feel of reality, as if you are amongst the prisoners.
The story is good but has not the format of a ‘Shawshank Redemption‘, but there is no need for this. I do not compare any western with ‘Once Upon A Time In The West‘ also. The characters have enough depth to be real, especially Val Kilmer. A good movie and not just another prison story. Good for entertaining 104 minutes in front of your telly. I’ll give it 3 out of 5 stars.