TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - August 4, 2017
Bruce Willis hasn't made a conventional, theatrically released feature in years. That makes his comeback via a remake of the Charles Bronson classic Death Wish all the more curious. Teaming with director Eli Roth (Hostel, The Green Inferno), Bruno steps into the shoes of Paul Kersey, a mild-mannered architect who goes on a vigilante spree following the brutal attack of his family by a group of thugs.
Gone is any kind of moral dubiousness, replaced with the gleeful blood orgies of the latter Death Wish films—once the series moved to Cannon Films. Bathe in the glow of Bruno gunning down dudes while AC/DC's "Back in Black" blares on the soundtrack, and don't think too long or hard about the moral or ethical implications of what he's doing.
It's also ironic that they're setting it in Chicago, which is portrayed as some sort of third world war zone both in the media and certainly in this film. I hate to break it to anyone that doesn't live here, but it's not nearly as bad as all that. Stop by sometime, you might enjoy yourself. We have nice museums.
Lastly, I don't want to insult Bruno's manhood in any way, shape, or form, but he can't hold a candle to Bronson. While Bruno was singing on a porch about Seagrams, Bronson was dousing himself in cologne and shooting rattlesnakes over in Japan...