Hollywood has its own share of good, bad & worse movie remakes. This Friday we have ‘Death Wish’ starring Bruce Willis, which is a remake of 1974 cult vigilante action film of the same name. Let’s see where this film stands.
Paul Kersey is a surgeon and is living happily with his wife and daughter. One night when he is at work his wife Lucy, played by Elisabeth Shue, and daughter Jordan, played by Camila Morone, are attacked by a gang of burglars. Lucy is killed while Jordan is left in a coma. The police not being able to deliver any justice, Paul takes the matters into his own hands.
The transformation of the character of Paul from a mild-mannered surgeon to a bad ass vigilante is flawed. It lacks authenticity and the emotional punch. Bruce Willis mostly has one expression throughout the film, which kind off makes it dry and unwatchable. Unfortunately, this is maybe Bruce Willis’s worst movie till date.
Director Eli Roth fails completely to make even a decent revenge action thriller. Most of the action scenes are very average and could have been more brutal considering the theme of the movie. We also have Vincent D’Onofrio (the villain from Daredevil) playing the role of Paul’s ex-con brother. A good actor like him is given nothing much to do and has no impact on the story.
Death Wish takes the serious topic of vigilante violence and reduces it to a forgettable revenge drama. To save your precious time & money kindly skip this movie.
Rating: 💋 & 1/2
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Directed by: Eli Roth
Starring: Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Dean Norris, Kimberly Elise, Camila Morrone
Duration: 1 hour 47 minutes