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Death Wish (2018)

Written by Joe Carnahan

Directed by Eli Roth

2018 - Cave 76 Productions, MGM Studios

Rated: R

Cast: Bruce Willis, Vincent D'Onofrio. Elisabeth Shue. Dean Norris. Kimberly Elise.

Eclectic Rating: stars

Movie Review:

Look, there was only one Charles Bronson. I'm a huge Charles Bronson fan and I'm sure others share my dissatisfaction with a remake of one of his classic roles. But I also have to say... there is also only one Bruce Willis. So even though I pitched a fit and griped about how you "can't remake a classic!" I decided to stuff it down and watch the 2018 remake anyway.

It's a good action flick. It is not really a remake, it's kind of a retelling. The character names and the general idea is the same: guy's wife dies after being attacked by thugs, guy sets out on a revenge spree, finding the perps one by one and taking them out on his own. The way this happens in the 2018 Death Wish is very different than the way it happens in the original. It stands on its own. Maybe not the best Bruce Willis movie I've seen but it's good.

There is really no point in losing sleep trying to compare it to the original because it's different enough, except for the name. For those of us who might still be a little disgruntled, relax, so far they're just a bit past breaking even on the expense. So maybe karma wins out there. Doesn't matter to me.

Bruce Willis and Vincent D'Onofrio are veteran actors, they do a great job together in this film. And the talent at the helm, Eli Roth, and his chosen crew bring a great production to the screen. He got some bad press, and the film some bad reviews, about making a violent shoot 'em up action film during a time when mass shootings are rampant and there is a political battle over gun control. One review compared it to a first-person shooter game. Art is art and should not be controlled by what critics say, or what bad press it might get. I say leave it alone.

Normal people watch movies and are entertained, then go back their business as usual. Twisted minds who would carry out violent acts have a much longer list of contributing factors in their mental meltdown that goes far beyond what movie they might choose to watch.

Death Wish, then and now, are action thrillers, nothing more. I love watching them and I have no intentions of heading out and hurting anybody. Don't even own a gun.

That said, this 2018 re-telling of Death Wish might not lure me back for another viewing—I'll for sure watch the Charles Bronson Death Wish again, and again, for sure—but Death Wish (2018) is not a bad film, and you might just like it if you decide to check it out.

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Last Update: 10 May, 2019

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