The leftist movie critics went out of there way this past week to destroy a movie based on their politics and the timing of the Parkland shooting and a renewed debate about the NRA and Second Amendment. Unfortunately, this is the state of film criticism today, which is a sad reality. I don’t take Rotten Tomatoes seriously and neither should you, but take a look below at the Critics Consensus which in part states “…and also suffers from spectaculary bad timing.” What that has to do with critiquing art? Anyone?
Death Wish is a remake of the Charles Bronson 1974 original, which itself was an adaptation of the 1972 novel of the same name by writer Brian Garfield. The 2018 remake doesn’t change too much except for Bruce Willis job and swapping out the murder city of the early 70’s New York City with the current murder city, Chicago.
Bruce Willis plays Dr. Paul Kersey a surgeon, with a beautiful wife (Elizabeth Shue), and a young daughter (Camila Morrone) who has just accepted to college in NYC. While on call at the hospital, a burglary at their home goes wrong, leaving his wife dead and his daughter in a coma.
The police are stuck, too busy tackling all the crime in Chicago, with little to no leads to solve his case. Kersey, desperate for answers, revenge and pushed to the limit by the violence that plagues his city, decides to take matters into his own hands.
He sets out on a one-man vigilante to clean up the streets of Chicago while trying to find out who was responsible for the horrific tragedy his family has suffered. After being captured stoping a car jacking, he goes viral, known only as the “Grim Reaper.” Chicago seems split, some love the idea of the vigilante justice while others see it as a slipperly slope.
Death Wish is nothing more than a Bruce Willis revenge thriller, one of his best movies to be released in theaters in years. Bruce still has charm, movie star charisma and it all just works as a sleek violent B movie. It’s the type of movies I grew up on in the 90’s. Van-Damme, Bruce, Stallone, Schwartzenegger, Bronson, Dirty Harry, etc..
Vincent D’Onofrio is excellent as always as Paul’s brother, Frank. Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) & Kimberly Elise as the two detectives working the case are fine; Dean does his typical thing.
How do you protect your own family when you can’t count on the police? Well, arming yourself is one way. And, that’s what seems to be driving the critics so insane. The timing of the Parkland Shooting along with the renewed debate of gun control appears to be the reason to hate this movie.
There’s no agenda this movie is pushing, it mentions nothing regarding or relating to the NRA. The first gun Bruce Willis gets is one illegally, so of course, gun control would have stopped that from happening… On top of that, we see what and how violence affects all citizens of Chicago, from black victims to children and all the way out to the suburbs.
Eli Rother (Hostel, The Green Inferno) is directing from a script by Joe Carnahan (Narc, Smoking Aces, The Grey) and it’s precisely what you’d expect from these two guys. Eli Roth has fun with some gory kills that left my audience laughing, and Carnahan’s script, while not perfect, gets the job done with some humor sprinkled in throughout.
Did I want a gun at the end of the movie? No.
Do I want to speed around and drive as fast as possible after seeing a ‘Fast & Furious’ movie? Yes.
If your a fan of Bruce Willis and certainly of Bruce Willis action films, you’ll love this film. If you like revenge thrillers, you’ll enjoy this film. It’s just a movie and a pretty decent one at that. It’s not ‘Man on Fire’ or anything but it’s better than the last few ‘Die Hard’ movies by miles and the best thing Willis has done in years. It has some plot holes, but overall it’s harmless fun.
Directed by Eli Roth
Written by Joe Carnahan
Starring: Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elizabeth Shue, Dean Norris, Kimberly Elise
Running Time: 1 hour, 47 minutes
Release Date (Wide): 03.02.18
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