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Dr. Paul Kersey is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of his city's violence as it's rushed into his ER -until his wife and college-age daughter are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts for his family's assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media's attention, the city wonders if this deadly avenger is a guardian angel...or a grim reaper.
Action Crime Drama - This is a remake of the violent 1974 action thriller, this time
starring Bruce Willis. This is mainly a show for the star, with
other recognizable faces such as Vincent D'Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue,
and Kimberly Elise having only small supporting roles. Constant
language and graphic violence make the film not for kids.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words; 22 S-words; 2 GD's; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Fleeting non-sexual nudity. VIOLENCE: Graphic, bloody shootings and killings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: Shootouts, fights, a car crash. COMEDY: Darkly comic lines and situations.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average Death Wish is in many ways a throwback, which would be okay if there wasn't already an okay version of the same story kicking around from the 1970s... The 2018 Death Wish has been developed with a specific audience in mind - those who enjoy these kinds of thoughtlessly violent outings.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average Willis isn't exactly chasing Oscars here, but he's a pro who knows how to calibrate a preposterous character and make him seem credible in the moment. He gives more to the movie than the movie gives to him, staying on the right side of caricature, underplaying scenes that seem calculated to pander.
NY PostFull Review Below Average ...the plot here is essentially the same as the original. Preying on a hurting city might be forgiven if the movie was any good. But Willis, who was once a formidable action star, is performing "Die Hard With an Ambien" as he exhibits zero emotion and mutters under his breath like an accountant who's upset with his boss.
The GuardianFull Review Poor Eli Roth's bloodthirsty take on Michael Winner's 1974 thriller is a banal misfire that goes too far too soon and has arrived at a particularly inopportune time in the US.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 56 moviegoers:
Moviegoer reviews are MUCH HIGHER than the critic reviews we collected. All but about 10% of the males and 15% of the females either loved "Death Wish" or enjoyed it very much. Those remaining small percentages still enjoyed it, rating it "average" (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). If this looks like a movie you might enjoy, by all means, GO SEE IT. Your probability of enjoying it quite high.