Owen Gleiberman
July 30, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Felon

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
104 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/18/08
performer
Val Kilmer, Stephen Dorff, Harold Perrineau
director
Ric Roman Waugh
distributor
Sony BMG
author
Ric Roman Waugh
genre
Drama

We gave it a C

Stephen Dorff, as a building contractor who accidentally kills a home intruder, cuts a deal to do time for involuntary manslaughter in Felon. In the California State Prison at Corcoran, he survives by becoming a combatant in human dogfights, and though the film claims to be based on true events, the prison-gang sadism is laid on with a trowel. Val Kilmer, as a polite horn-rimmed sociopath with a heart of gold, keeps showing up to drop Nietzschean pensées. C

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