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A mild-mannered father is transformed into a killing machine after his family is torn apart by a violent act.
|Studio :||Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM),|
|Crew :||Art Direction, Production Design,|
|Cast :||Bruce Willis Vincent D'Onofrio Dean Norris Elisabeth Shue Camila Morrone|
|Genre :||Drama Action Thriller Crime|
Terrible acting, screenplay and direction.
A great movie, one of the best of this year. There was a bit of confusion at one point in the plot, but nothing serious.
There's no way I can possibly love it entirely but I just think its ridiculously bad, but enjoyable at the same time.
There are moments in this movie where the great movie it could've been peek out... They're fleeting, here, but they're worth savoring, and they happen often enough to make it worth your while.
Comparisons against the Charles Bronson "Death Wish" are inevitable, the main difference being that with the passage of four decades, this Bruce Willis vehicle is much slicker in production values and doesn't seem quite as gritty as the original. By gritty, I'm thinking about Bronson's loading up an old sock with a couple rolls of quarters and using it as a nifty weapon. But then again, as a medical surgeon, Willis's character had the advantage of knowing just how and where the most excruciating pain can be administered to the human body. I guess it was a pretty conscious decision on the part of the film makers to place the story in Chicago where the weekly murder rate routinely makes the headlines today. The crime that sets in motion Paul Kersey's mission of revenge is similar to the 1974 picture, and a concession made to the outcome has Kersey's daughter Jordan (Camila Morrone) pretty much recover from her serious injuries. Where the present day picture differs is in the way Willis's character achieves closure against the three thugs who broke into his home and violated his family. He manages to get his revenge on all three hoods, whereas Bronson's Kersey never did. Rather, he took it out against whatever street rabble he could in the absence of running across the original perpetrators.
Bruce hasn't ever been in a bad movie and this is definitely no exception!
Nope, it's not deep. Yup, there is a little more gore than I was looking for. But . . . I liked it. And I didn't expect It kept me interested throughout, and I can't say that about many action movies. Usually, I can predict every scene. Watch it for the fun of rooting for a guy who patches up violence, and deals out a little.
Desperate for scripts in Hollywood, occasionally such nonsense rears its coma-inducing head. Hey, I even like Bruce Willis... not the point. You just can't expect to step into those shoes and not fall short. Charles Bronson was an ICON, and this is his single-most iconic MOVIE. Bad idea. It's not flattery, it's not a homage... it's just a very bad idea. Same with True Grit: I also like Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges. Not the point. You can't step into those John Wayne shoes and not fall short. What's next? Colin Farrell in Casablanca?