Title – Death Wish (2018)
Director – Eli Roth (Hostel)
Cast – Bruce Willis, Elisabeth Shue, Camila Morrone, Dean Norris, Vincent D’Onofrio, Beau Knapp
Plot – After his wife and daughter are victims of a violent home robbery, mild mannered doctor Paul Kersey (Willis) takes matters into his own hands and sets about enacting justice on his city’s criminal population.
“If a man really wants to protect what’s his. He has to do it for himself”
Review by Eddie on 22/08/2018
Somewhere, sometime, somebody thought that what the world needed today was a remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson classic Death Wish.
It’s an odd thing to have had happen and an even odder thing to consider after you sit through this dire and tiresome revenge thriller that completely fails in justifying its existence.
Why anyone thought we would want a reimagining of Death Wish isn’t the only question you will ask yourself after sitting through this dud of a film, as I know I for one became seriously fixated on what on earth has happened to not only actor Bruce Willis’s career, but that of the career of outspoken director Eli Roth.
How Roth’s career has spiralled to the depths of film’s such as this and other recent shockers such as Green Inferno and Knock Knock is a question we may never have an answer to but it’s sad to consider the man behind Cabin Fever and gore filled classic Hostel, has now found himself directing such a monotonous and thrill free affair.
With the barely trying Willis at its core, playing grieving doctor Paul Kersey who sets out to tackle crime head on after his wife is murdered in a violent home invasion and his daughter is left in a coma in the same attack, Roth did indeed have little chance of making Death Wish a film worth watching and sadly with the barebones script from the usually ace Joe Carnahan (another victim of this movies mediocrity), this so called thriller is DOA from opening scene until the last.
There have certainly been worse film’s released in the last year or so but Death Wish also commits the mortal movie sin of being highly offensive in a day and age where the idea of an everyday citizen carrying out acts of gun lead violence isn’t exactly the idea of solid entertainment and there’s no wondering as to why Roth’s film was lambasted by a large portion of critics in the United States for its misguided and badly timed sense of gun-filled justice.
You almost sense that Roth (whose wicked sense of humour has been a staple of his career) may’ve envisioned this experience as some type of darkly observed examination of justice and the state of American affairs but if that’s the case, his failed just as badly as he has at creating a thriller that engages, or indeed thrills.
Final Say –
We’ve seen this exact story told a million times before and told much better but what makes Death Wish much worse is its poorly executed moral compass and come the films credits, there’s little reason to find anything worth recommending in this boring and tepid excuse for a thriller. Another sad entry into the dwindling careers of its director and leading man, Death Wish is a film to avoid at all costs.
1 angry soccer dad out of 5
I feel like this movie had to just be trolling. The message is so very confused. There were definitely moments in there that were blatantly making fun of American gun culture, and yet you really can’t possibly walk away from it with a final message of anything other than “violence DOES solve everything!”.
And if you read interviews with Roth about it he gives equally mixed messages, insisting that the movie isn’t pro gun and that the trailers are completely misleading in portraying it as such, but at the same time saying that it’s all about how crime is out of control and what anyone would do to get justice for their family.
I think he really just wanted to make a dumb action movie about graphically blowing a bunch of people away and everything else is just cheap shock value for marketing attention, and I wouldn’t even care except ultimately it’s really just a shit movie.
I did get a feeling watching this that Roth was almost crafting some type of black comedy? It was just very poorly done no matter what it was!
I hope The House with the Clock in the Walls is a nice return to form for him as a director!
THAT’S directed by him?? Weird.
Never got around to seeing this one. You just can’t beat Bronson!
Avoid at all costs Gary! This one is a real turkey!
How on Earth can someone get a Death Wish movie wrong? I really want to watch this but you’re steering me away. After the John Wick’s and the film of The Equalizer, I’d have thought this as a dead-cert for success.
Die Hard looks a long time ago in a galaxy far far away….
Oh mate avoid this one at all costs! Its a real misfire, can’t believe it got the greenlight to be made. Die Hard is an eternity for Willis atm, lets hope Glass is the saving grace.
“There have certainly been worse film’s released in the last year or so but Death Wish also commits the mortal movie sin of being highly offensive in a day and age where the idea of an everyday citizen carrying out acts of gun lead violence isn’t exactly the idea of solid entertainment and there’s no wondering as to why Roth’s film was lambasted by a large portion of critics in the United States for its misguided and badly timed sense of gun-filled justice.”
To that I say, so what?
Otherwise I can see why many consider this no frills. I personally enjoyed it, but that’s a personal taste thing. As for the offensiveness of it, I have plenty to say about it in that regard in my lengthy review:
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