A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system.
Felon is an outstanding film and externally well written. It’s defiantly one of those films that you can watch again and again.
Wade Porter (Stephen Dorff) is an average guy, successful business, and living with his fiancé and son. All is going well for him until one day a swift moment of judgement ends him up in prison. From here on in, his idea of normality and normal society rules get turned on their heads as he gets to grips with another world of prison rules and prison society …but this film is much more than about one man serving his time. The line that John Smith (Val Kilmer) puts over a couple of times in the film, „When your life is defined by a single action, you change the concept of time”, is interwoven into all the individual characters plots so brilliantly, this film hits you on some many different levels.
Marisol Nichols, who I have only seen in 24 before, gives a great performance as Wade Porter’s fiancé, struggling to make ends meat while he is in prison. Can’t forget Val Kilmer who gives a Strong performance as well. In fact I can’t knock anybody in it, it’s not often that the actors, characters and script all seem like they where made for each other.