Death Wish (2018)
Why do we like vigilante justice? I think that it is because someone does exactly what we are thinking should be done or we would like to do, ourselves. Also, vigilante justice in the movies is often portrayed as sticking up for ones that cannot stick up for themselves. If you are like me, then you enjoy rooting for the underdog.
Death Wish is about a doctor who decides to take matters into his own hands after an attack on his family. He decides to find the men responsible and serve up his own form of vigilante justice.
The movie was directed by Eli Roth and the noteworthy cast includes Bruce Willlis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Dean Norris, Camila Morrone, Beau Knapp, Kimberly Elise, Len Cariou, Jack Kesy, and Ronnie Gene Blevins.
I am not usually one to be into remakes. It seems like Hollywood remakes or reboots just about everything these days. Often, I say leave well enough alone, but sometimes the right remake idea comes along and the right actor is cast in the lead role.
In this case, Willis was very fitting for the role in Death Wish. It was his best performance since Looper (2012). He has been making a lot of B-rated straight to DVD movies lately, so it is nice to see him return to his former glory. I am glad to see that he has not gone the way of Nicolas Cage (spitting out one piece of trash after the next). Death Wish is a one-man-show and Bruce was clearly up for the task.
This movie is a scary concept because of how realistic it is. What I mean by that is that it shows just how worthless the police department and justice system can be sometimes. Too often, it is the people that deserve to see justice be done, that are the ones stuck without any justice at all. It also goes to show just how vulnerable we all are.
The likable Dean Norris has quickly been typecast as the police or detective type thanks to the success of the television series Breaking Bad. His part in this movie is good, but it does quickly make you think of Breaking Bad.
There are a few noticeable gruesome scenes in this movie that had Roth’s signature all over it. So far, I believe that this film is Roth’s best work as a director. He did a terrific job setting the tone of Death Wish and sticking with it throughout.
It has been a very long time since I have seen the original Death Wish (1974), but watching this version has made me want to go back and watch the original sometime soon. The new film is a quality remake done with today’s technology. The original movie is now 44 years old and it shows its age.
This movie is a murky suspense/thriller with good old fashioned popcorn-popping action. Willis as the protagonist doing bad for good reasons will keep you on the edge of your seat hoping that justice gets done.
I rate this movie an 8 on a scale of 1-10.
If you liked this film then you might also enjoy:
Death Wish (1974)
Death Sentence (2007)
The Brave One (2007)
Man on Fire (2004)
The Equalizer (2014)
The Punisher (2004)
Sin City (2005)
Harry Brown (2009)
John Wick (2014)
John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
The Boondock Saints (1999)
I watched The Boondock Saints for the first time way back in 2000. I had no idea what the film was about before watching it. All I knew was that I was a broken teenaged kid who had recently lost his older brother. I was trying to escape into the world of video games and movies. The movie was supposed to be a distraction, but I couldn’t help but think of my brother throughout the entire film.
The movie is about two Irish twin brothers (Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery) living in the boondocks who band together to deliver their own form of vigilante justice on the scum of Boston. Along the way, they piss off the Russian mob and the FBI.
The film was written and directed by Troy Duffy and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Willem Dafoe, David Della Rocco, Billy Connolly, Carlo Rota, Ron Jeremy, Brian Mahoney, Bob Marley, and Kevin Chapman.
It’s hard not to enjoy a movie about vigilantes cleaning up their city. When bad guys die, who cares? It just makes the world a better place. This film depicts this all very stylishly. Of course, there is a lot of killing, cussing, and drinking involved, but it’s all in good fun.
I have watched the movie maybe a dozen times now, and it gets better each time I watch it. It has a great soundtrack, it’s funny, and you can tell that they had fun filming it.
The film became a cult classic and eventually a sequel followed. In my opinion, the sequel would have been much more successful if it had not taken a decade before being made.
Willem Dafoe’s character in the film is perhaps, the most memorable of his acting career.
The Boondock Saints boosted Norman Reedus’ popularity and he has gone on to become a pretty solid character actor. He is most known for The Boondock Saints and the popular television series, The Walking Dead. However, my favorite film that he is in is Deuces Wild (2002).
Most recently, I enjoyed Sean Patrick Flanery’s performance in the final season of my favorite television series, Dexter.
The closeness between the brothers on screen made me really appreciate the performances of Reedus and Flanery.
Troy Duffy put a very unique spin on the storyline and the way the story unfolds is nothing short of awesome.
Fans of mafia movies should enjoy The Boondock Saints.
I rate this movie a 9 on a scale of 1-10.
Buy, rent, or run? Buy.