Eli Roth and screenwriter Joe Carnahan could have done the same thing, manifesting the rages and fears that afflict the country we live in right now. Instead they offer a cheap and dishonest Death Wish that (references to social media notwithstanding) is interchangeable with get-tough knockoffs that have flooded cinemas for decades.
Death Wish takes the serious topic of vigilante violence and reduces it to melodramatic hero worship, and it’s not even particularly good at that. The action is forgettable and the plot barely holds together.
As soon as Willis deploys his trademark smirk, and the comfortable vengeance of tracking down his wife’s killers while avoiding detection takes over, it just becomes a million other B-movies about lowlifes getting what they deserve.
Producer: Roger Birnbaum, Stephen J. Eads, Ilona Herzberg
Writer: Joe Carnahan, Brian Garfield, Wendell Mayes
Release Date: Mar 2, 2018
Runtime: 1hr 48m
Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of Chicago violence as it’s 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 for 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.
Ronnie Gene Blevins
Did You Know?
Originally set to star Sylvester Stallone, however Stallone backed out after "creative differences" and to work on other projects.
Murder case tags on bulletin note type of weapon. Some list knife, those with firearms list caliber." .45 caliber" is listed in several cases as "45mm." Caliber is diameter, and .45 is .45 of an inch, not 45 mm. "45mm" would be a bullet almost two inches wide.