|Finally we get to see Bruce doing something other than the same old...|
"If a man really wants to protect what's his, he has to do it for himself."
Let's just start off by saying that there is a much better type of this film out there to watch, and that's The Boondock Saints. The critics weren't too big on it, but what the hell do they know anyway (winkin atcha)?! Talk about an unnecessary remake, with unnecessary exaggerations, and unnecessary changes to the original film. There's no character development, just Bruce Willis (Red 2) self-gratifying himself all over Chicago with a gun and 80's action hero kill remarks that would make Arnie smirk. What would have been nice, would've been to see Willis's character having to deal with the emotional trauma of murdering people (bad they may be), instead of him just brushing it off with a weekly trip to the psychiatrist and having a slice of deep dish pizza. He could've had more interactions with his brother (played by Vincent D'Onofrio, The Magnificent Seven 2016), or even spent time with victims and families of murders. Anything than the same old repetitions of a retread. Along with D'Onofrio, Elizabeth Shue (nominated over twenty years ago for Leaving Las Vegas), and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) are left in a state of script restrictions that hold them back from anything of much meaning. And did director Eli Roth (Hostel) even think about what he's doing to poor old original Death Wish (1974) star Charles Bronson as he lies in his grave? By only even having obnoxious radio disc jockey Mancow in this film, that seems like enough insult. He also should've spent more time on character development and story, instead of constantly reminding us that the film is set in Chicago by using placed items (deep dish pizza), 2nd unit location shots (Sears Tower), and occasionally mentioning Michael Jordan. We get it; you're in freakin Chicago! I'm surprised that Mike Ditka wasn't mentioned as well. Some good camera shots and the surprise of a few predictable outcomes not going that way, make this movie watchable in spite of me not recommending it. You get one good Roth style gore scene, and that's it. Hell, if things had gone completely into a mindless gorefest instead of the teeter-totterring between vigilante justice and moral conviction, then I might've had a more enthusiastic review for you to read. Sorry.
Rating- 2.5 out of 10
|Is that Mike Epps (Next Friday) playing a doctor?!|
Death Wish (2018)
R | 1h 47min | Action, Crime, Drama | 2 March 2018 (USA)
Dr. Paul Kersey is an experienced trauma surgeon, a man who has spent his life saving lives. After an attack on his family, Paul embarks on his own mission for justice.
Director: Eli Roth
Writers: Joe Carnahan (screenplay by), Brian Garfield (from the novel by)
Stars: Bruce Willis, Vincent D'Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue