Friday, March 2, 2018

Death Wish Movie Review

Bruce Willis stars in Death Wish

First Gun?

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents director Eli Roth's reimagining of the 1974 revenge thriller Death Wish. Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of his city's violence when it is rushed into his ER - until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts his family's assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media's attention, the city wonders if this deadly avenger is a guardian angel or a grim reaper. Fury and fate collide in the intense action-thriller Death Wish. Paul Kersey becomes a divided person: a man who saves lives, and a man who takes them; a husband and father trying to take care of his family, and a shadowy figure fighting crime; a surgeon extracting bullets from suspects' bodies, and a man seeking justice that detectives are quickly closing in on.

"Something has to give in Chicago." Trouble is, the second city pales in comparison to New York and the original Death Wish. The reasons are plentiful, beginning with an unusually subdued Willis as the "white needle in a haystack," a terrible/uneven screenplay (Joe Carnahan) and an endless slew of radio loudmouths/nobodies (Mancow, Sway) popping up every few minutes, to stir the moral/racial pot. Funny/tongue-in-cheek in spots, but ultimately a missed opportunity by a once-promising director and an aging action hero on the back nine of their respective careers. Chuck Bronson, we miss you!

Grade: D+