Death Wish review (2018)

So I just finished watching Death Wish 2018…

Death Wish tells the tale of Dr. Paul Kersey, a surgeon who’s wife is killed and his daughter put in a coma after a home invasion. Reeling from this traumatic event, Kersey decides to strike back, arming himself and tracking down the culprits.

For a completely needless remake, this was kind of fun. Better than the Robocop remake at least.

Short and well paced, decent script, good performances (Bruce Willis was a good casting choice for this role), really well done gore effects, fun, etc.

What I found surprisingly amusing was that this film didn’t quite take itself as seriously as the original. Considering some of the quippy one liners and gory deaths, that works for this film. A lean, mean, fun little action film. Eli Roth did what he could with this material. Different in tone from the original. Plus the film had a clever little ending.

However, that being said, this film doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. It’s Death Wish, almost beat for beat, and it’s not as subtle, or as gritty (though Eli Roth isn’t really known for subtlety). Sure, Roth modernized the story, but it’s not as different from, or as nuanced as, the classic. The cinematography as well, was okay, but not great. Alot of standard shots and shot sequences.

Overall, this is a cute little movie. For a movie that had no real reason to exist, this was a surpisingly entertaining movie. If you want some fun action for an hour and a half, throw it on. If you want an actual good movie, watch the original Death Wish.

6 out of 10.

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