Movie Review: ‘Death Wish’

March 15, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

I was hesitant when I heard they were remaking the film Death Wish. The original starred Charles Bronson and sparked a series of sequels that are cult classics. Now days, Hollywood churns out reboots left and right. However, the trailer looked like it had a few fun moments up its sleeve. Certainly nothing spectacular, but with Bruce Willis and some cheesy one liners, it promised to be at least an entertaining little action flick. Thankfully, Eli Roth knew what he was doing and delivered, as Death Wish is just that – a fun and entertaining action film.

If you’ve never seen any of the original films, the premise is pretty simple. The movie stars a doctor whose family is attacked and murdered. Seeking justice, Dr. Kersey takes matters into his own hands and hunts down the people responsible. He becomes a vigilante. The first Death Wish was a very serious film that focused on what people would call a bleeding heart liberal, and what it would take to turn someone like that into a gun toting vigilante killer. In this reboot, they start off serious and slowly transition to the more outlandish, action oriented and fun aspects that showed up in the old sequels in the franchise. For instance, in the trailer, there’s the scene where Bruce Willis tells the bad guy that he won’t kill him, but Jack will, and then he whips the car jack out of place to kill the guy. It’s over the top, but also kind of fun. Yeah, it’s violent, but you know what you’re going into with this one. Even with the serious tones and subject matter that creeps in, they manage to someone how give it that fun vibe at the end of the day.

One other aspect I liked about the movie was the pro-gun message nestled inside of it. They address the idea of a vigilante and they ask, is this okay? Is this person really a hero? The answer is that vigilantes are a very dangerous, gray, slippery slope. They might deliver justice one instance, but there is no guarantee they won’t accidentally kill someone who is innocent or kill someone who didn’t deserve to die. There’s a point in the movie where Kersey has to choose whether he wants to be a vigilante, or whether he wants to stop and return to reality. Yet the movie goes a step farther, and in the end, shows what happens when a person embraces the second amendment, arms themselves for self-defense, and defends themselves within the letter of the law. Kersey goes from breaking the law, to obeying the law, and yet still protecting his family.

Regardless of how you feel on that subject matter, if you’re just looking for a fun action flick, Death Wish will fill that need. I give it a three and half out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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