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Not all vigilantes wear capes. Sometimes they’re just angry men on a mission to find the criminals that viciously attacked their wives and daughters. Bruce Willis stars as Dr. Paul Kersey, a Chicago surgeon who spends his days saving lives, until one fateful night a home invasion gone wrong leaves his family in tatters. When the cops fail to find the assailants, Kersey sets aside his oaths, takes up a gun and stalks the streets, doling out his own brand of bloody justice. As the body count rises on his quest for revenge, the media takes notice - and Paul finds himself becoming something of a local hero in the process. Eli Roth directs this visceral update of the 1974 Charles Bronson original, which in turn was based on a novel by Brian Garfield. The film also stars Vincent D'Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Mike Epps, and Dean Norris.
- Bruce Willis
- Vincent D'Onofrio
- Elisabeth Shue
- Camila Morrone
- Dean Norris
- Beau Knapp
- Kimberly Elise
- Len Cariou
- Jack Kesy
- 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.
- [from trailer]
- Punk Leader: Who are you?
- Paul Kersey: Your last customer.
- [Paul shoots the punk leader]
Atom User Reviews
Awesome acting! Awesome action! Very realistic! Loved it! #GrimReaper
Great plot but dragged a little
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.