Verdict: Bruce Willis gracefully delivers this action-packed thriller.
You know you are walking into a heavy action film when you hear the name – Bruce Willis. Riding high on the success of the Die Hard series and movies like Unbreakable and Pulp Fiction, he rarely disappoints moviegoers. This time, he is starring in the remake of the 1970's franchise, Death Wish, and we could not find anyone more perfect for the role. The Death Wish franchise, which is based on the novel of the same name, died on a low note when the studio went bankrupt. The 2007 Kevin Bacon movie Death Sentence (based on the novel of the same name) also failed to revive the franchise. But with the audience living in the era of franchises now more than ever, they might just accept it this time.
What's Death Wish about:
The crime rate is at an all-time high in Chicago and the best efforts of the police don't seem to be effective. Dr. Paul Kersey is a trauma surgeon who lives in the suburbs with his wife Lucy and Jordan. On his birthday, while getting ready to go out for dinner with his family, he is called in for an emergency at the hospital. Lucy and Jordan return home to find themselves in the midst of a break-in and while trying to save themselves, are shot at. Lucy dies immediately while Jordan is in a comatose state. After trusting the police and patiently waiting for them to come up with leads, Paul decides to take matters into his own hands. Donning a hoodie, he takes to the streets to put an end to the criminals once and for all.
Director Eli Roth, who has delivered his fair share of gory films like Hostel and Cabin Fever, has expertly managed to match action with necessary gore. The most disturbing parts from the 1974 movie are left out and the focus is shifted on Paul Kersey trying to deal with the pain of losing his wife, and his transformation from a man who didn't believe in violence to a man who now walks the streets on a criminal-hunting spree. Bruce Willis is certainly not too old for this yet. His action sequences look effortless and he delivers a power-packed performance. They even manage to add a nostalgic touch to the ending.
What could have been better:
While being an excellent action flick, the movie fails to address the issue of gun control and vigilantism which is very relevant to current times. Bruce Willis' character manages to learn everything about guns by watching a couple of videos online and that is a message which should not be supported.
Why you should watch this movie:
If you like action films with some gore involved, this is the movie for you. It also revives the tales of revenge that the 70s' movies were known for and seems like a beginning to a new era of this franchise.