Death Wish (2018)
Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is an experienced trauma surgeon, peacefully living his life in Chicago’s suburbs. After an attack on his family, Paul becomes frustrated with the lack of progress the police are making, and embarks on his own mission for justice.
So, this is basically red meat for the NRA gun nut crowd. Proof positive that everything they tell their members is true, and we should all buy as many guns as possible. Because the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good… You know, that old chestnut.
Disingenuous gun loving arguments aside, this just isn’t all that interesting or memorable. Bruce Willis is on the red, white, and blue overly patriotic posters, but he barely registers as a presence in the film. Vincent D’Onofrio is in it too, but for what reason isn’t entirely clear. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, the film seems to abandon the character all together.
If there was a glimmer of an idea here, it was when Doctor Paul started using his medical knowledge to get information from one of the crooks that killed his wife. It was an interesting idea, and one that should have been explored more. During this scene I imagined a much better film that explored the revenge movie genre from a whole new angle. What if the doctor used his position at the hospital and his medical knowledge to enact his revenge? Crooks check in, but they don’t check out. Exploring moral ambiguity as the good doctor becomes judge and executioner to the criminal element in Chicago.
Alas, that’s not what we got. What we got is boring and aggressively stupid. A disposable action film for most of us, and an ‘underrated classic’ for about 25% of the electorate.
Starring: Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Camila Morrone, Dean Norris
Directed by: Eli Roth
Written by: Joe Carnahan
Rating: R Running Time: 1 hr 47 min.