Whether you like it or not, movies are made to be remade. The latest film to get dusted off for a new generation is 1974’s hit, Death Wish. In the time before superhero movies ruled the Earth, Death Wish was the Punisher movie that we all deserved. However, with everything seeming upside down nowadays, it seems like the perfect time to reintroduce the vigilante story.
Director Eli Roth is at the helm and has enlisted the services of Bruce Willis (Looper) in the lead role of Paul Kersey, a mild-mannered surgeon and family man, whose life is destroyed by a home intruder that murders his wife and sexually assaults his daughter. The role became iconic in the 1970’s by actor Charles Bronson, which went on to spawn four sequels that continually declined in quality.
Today a new trailer dropped for the rebooted version of Death Wish. It shows off some of the movie’s supporting cast including Elisabeth Shue (The Karate Kid), Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Mike Epps (The Hangover), and Kimberly Elise (Dope).
Bruce Willis has been on a downward trend in recent years and many were hoping that this would be the project to bring him back into the light. However, it seems from this early look that he has been miscast, since it’s easy too easy to imagine Willis going on a rampage, based on his past filmography. While the trailer itself looks like a B-movie version of Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer and after an engaging opening, does little to sell the audience on the update.
Roth has made a career out of crafting uncomfortable films and it will be interesting if his hardcore tendencies will click with mainstream audiences. Hopefully the movie turns out better than this first trailer is advertising, but there’s only one way to find out.
Death Wish opens on November 22nd, 2017.
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