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By midlandsmovies, Aug 5 2018 07:00AM

Death Wish (2018) Dir. Eli Roth

Bruce Willis has the unenviable position of taking the top spot of our “worst of the year” 3 different times (Die Hard 5, Vice, Expendables 2) and with Eli Roth’s Death Wish, he’s doing a good job for being in contention for this year’s too.

A remake of the Charles Bronson 1974 revenge flick, Willis plays surgeon Paul Kersey who takes the law into his own hands after a home invasion sees his wife killed and his daughter end up in a coma. After getting hold of a gun, he prevents some low-level street crime which is captured on a camera phone.

The recorded video goes viral and he becomes a kind of national hero. Silly scenes of gratuitous violence and uninventive action sequences abound and, as always, Roth thinks he’s saying something about modern life.

Like his film Knock Knock (one of the worst films I’ve ever seen) Roth seems to believe he has the finger on the pulse of “youth” culture and its relationship to an older generation. But along with that film it’s a ham-fisted and low-quality attempt to pull this idea together.

After the 40-minute family drama opening, Death Wish turns 180 degrees to gross out torture porn by its end. And with his hoodie up and blank face, it’s as if Willis’ character David from Unbreakable used his powers for evil and went on a killing spree.

A waste of time that is perhaps trying to tap into the Taken crowd, Death Wish has a scene where a man actually gets hit on the head by a bowling ball which is a fine metaphor for this poor film itself.


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