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Ric Roman Waugh

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Plot Summary

A loving family man with a promising future, Wade Porter (Stephen Dorff) suddenly loses everything when he accidentally kills the burglar who broke into his home. Convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Wade is sentenced to spend the next three years inside a maximum security facility where the rules of society no longer apply. Forced to share a cell with a notorious mass murderer (Val Kilmer) and subjected to brutal beatings orchestrated by the sadistic head prison guard (Harold Perrineau), Wade soon realizes he's in for the fight of his life and must become the toughest Felon of them all if he's to survive the block. For what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. And in state prison, only the strongest will survive.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 22
  • Fresh: 13
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Written and directed by Ric Roman Waugh, and filmed at the New Mexico State Penitentiary near Santa Fe, Felon is one of the most realistic prison films ever made. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Nov 21, 2008

Fresh: Stephen Dorff's powerhouse perf as an ordinary Joe trapped behind bars with warring ethnic psychopaths propels "Felon" well ahead of its expose/exploitation brethren while still avoiding the pious learning curves of Frank Darabont's prestige prison dramas – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: For a film that seems to pride itself on its depiction of prison-reality, it feels extremely movie-phony. – Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, Mar 13, 2009

Fresh: Directed with pounding energy by Ric Roman Waugh and acted to the hilt by a cast comprising several of yesterday's stars proving their mettle, the movie delivers the thrills and emotion that prison movies require. – Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

very good

didnt see the theaters but a very very good movie im not easily impressed but i loved this movie

could have done better in theater if it was advertised.

this movie was a sleeper.i went in to this flim thinking it was going to be a 2nd rate movie and turns out to be a great movie. with all the crap movies that get pushed into theaters just to make a buck with pretty people who can't act or the rap star who really can't's nice to find a movie that moves you to the core with great acting. a unfortunate set of events that turn a simple man's life upside down test his will to not let the system break him.

very good movie

Better than I expected. Patience with the intro but later on it will really catch you!

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2008

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