Death Wish - Review

Death Wish is in theaters March 2nd, 2018.

Death Wish stars Bruce Willis, as Dr. Paul Kersey, a surgeon who treats victims and criminals in the ER. He sees a lot of crime in his city of Chicago and when his wife and daughter become victims too - he takes matters into his own hands. He teaches himself how to use a gun and becomes a vigilante, seeking the men who hurt his family and saving random citizens who need help.

This movie was directed by Eli Roth so of course there’s a lot of blood. People die in terrible ways and at one point I thought I would loose my lunch. Surprisingly enough, I did feel the gore was pretty toned down for an Eli Roth film.

All in all this movie was nothing special or different. It’s a movie you could guess what’s going to happen and not a ton of originality when it comes to the story. However, if these shoot em’ up, let’s fight crime type movies are your deal I think you’ll enjoy this one!

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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What can I say about Death Wish? I’m beginning to think that Bruce Willis is becoming a bit Liam Neeson-esque with these same tired vigilante justice movie plots. Bad guys wrong family…Dad suddenly can wield a gun and gets revenge. While I can say this one felt a little more serious due to the current political climate, the general storyline was pretty standard.

Full disclosure – I’ve never seen the original Death Wish movie, so I don’t totally have much to compare it with. Therefore I am just chalking this up in comparison to your typical crime-fighting citizen movie. Bruce Willis stars as Dr. Paul Kersey, a family man working as a surgeon in the Chicago North Hospital. Day in and day out he sees the aftermath of Chicago gun violence, and soon sees it hit close to home as he hears his own wife and daughter admitted to the hospital – the victims of a brutal home invasion.

Willis soon turns to the violent streets out for blood on the men who did this. As director Eli Roth always does, the movie is violent and has its fill of blood and guts, and begs the question, is there room for vigilante justice when law enforcement isn’t getting things done?

During any other time, I think I would have enjoyed this movie a bit more, however in the wake of the Parkland shooting and the following gun reform conversations going on, this movie felt a bit ridiculous. Very “wrong place, wrong time.” We are literally watching Bruce Willis skulk around in stolen hoodies (anyone else get Eminem 8-Mile vibes from those scenes?) killing bad guys left and right with his illegally acquired firearm. Let me also add that there is a VERY poorly executed scene where we watch Bruce Willis texting with the ringleader of the home intruder gang and the phone text bubbles are INCORRECT. They show Bruce texting what the other guy is actually saying. Come on, guys… *facepalm*

I don’t want to give too much away before the film’s release as Eli Roth threatened to come after us if we did! So all in all, I will say it had a fulfilling, theater-clapping ending and some fun action scenes that I enjoyed, but the storyline was fairly predictable.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Rating: 0.5 out of 5

GerardoGerardo (Contributor) is a film student living in Philadelphia. He usually prefers independent and classic films, but he will watch anything in theaters.
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