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How many lines would you cross to avenge the death of your loved ones?
Death Wish is a remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson action movie of the same name. Taking over in the lead role this time around is a man who is no stranger to playing the underdog hero; Bruce Willis (Die Hard, Armageddon) plays the role of Surgeon Dr. Paul Kersey. Elizabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas, CSI) stars as wife Lucy, and Camila Morrone rounds out their family as Jordan, their beloved daughter. Vincent D’Onofrio (Law and Order, Jurassic World) also appears as Kersey’s brother, Frank. Eli Roth, who has given us such movie classics, as Hostel and Cabin Fever, was the movie director.
Dr. Paul Kersey dedicates his life to the art of saving lives, working in a hospital as a trauma surgeon. He spends most of his time trying to put back together the bodies of victims of violence that never-endingly occurs throughout the city. His only solace from the carnage he experiences in the ER is the time that he spends with his beautiful wife and daughter at the end of the day. While dining out with his family, Paul has a seemingly innocent conversation with a restaurant car parking attendant, not realizing the terrible disaster this is going to set in motion for his family. The attendant tips off a local gang of burglars, thinking that they will just go to the Kersey household and rob the place. Unfortunately, things take a terrible turn for the worst. The criminals attempt to execute Paul’s wife and daughter, killing Lucy in the process, and leaving Jordan in a coma. Slowly consumed by a desperate rage brought on by the knowledge that he couldn't protect his family, Kersey decides to take matters into his own hands and seek justice for his wife's death. His first attempt as a vigilante sees him become an internet sensation. While tracking down his wife's murderers, Kersey has to try not to get dragged into this monster he's creating before it starts to take over his life. But, that might be easier said than done. How much is enough to avenge the devastation of Kersey’s family, and is it a price he is ultimately willing to pay? It’s grieving father versus ruthless murderers in a bloody battle to the end.
I was a big fan of the original Death Wish movies starring Charles Bronson and was hoping for big things from the remake and I wasn't disappointed. Bruce Willis does an excellent job as the mild-mannered lifesaver who slowly transforms into a revenge-driven life-taker. In one scene we see him unable to save the life of an injured police officer, only to go into the next cubicle and then try to save the life of the officer’s killer. Movie heroes are a role that Willis excels at, and this movie is no exception. Although we only see Elisabeth Shue for a short period of time in the film, she comes across just great as the lovely wife. This is the first time that I have seen Camila Morrone star in a movie; hopefully we'll get to see a lot more of her. It’s not really possible to compare the 2018 movie with its predecessor; they were filmed in different times when different things were acceptable in the movie. The basic story is the same; we do get to see a lot more gore in this one though – watch out for the garage scene. It’s nice to see that Bruce Willis is still making movies; a lot of actors at the same stage in their careers seem to be making movies straight to DVD. Hopefully we get to see him on screen for a lot longer. If you are a fan of the original movies, I'm sure that you're going to enjoy this new take by Eli Roth, especially if you're a fan of his previous work. So, fill up your popcorn bucket, and sit back and enjoy Death Wish!
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