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The renowned physician Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) leads an almost idyllic life with his wife Lucy (Elisabeth Shue) and their daughter Jordan (Camila Morrone). He is a successful professional, lives in a beautiful house and the only conflict he faces is the fact that his daughter is about to leave home and go to college. But this perfect world is suddenly destroyed, when Lucy and Jordan are attacked by burglars in their house, whereby Lucy is killed and the girl is promoted into a coma. A world is falling apart for Paul. He, who always remains calm and prudent, is suddenly overcome by grief, anger and a desire for retribution. The police, who are completely overwhelmed with the constantly rising crime rate in the city, are also in the dark in this case. And so Paul decides to take the law into his own hands…
"Death Wish" is a remake of the 1974 novel "A Man Sees Red" with Charles Bronson in the leading role. The revenge thriller, which until recently was on the index in Germany, was so successful that it has resulted in several sequels and now also a remake. This leaves a somewhat ambivalent feeling, especially in view of the political mood in the USA. On the one hand, director Eli Roth seems to be almost satirically approaching the issue of vigilante justice and the relationship of many Americans to their weapons. A humorous, but unfortunately very realistic commercial and a subsequent visit of Paul to a gun shop let this feeling arise. Even the violence, which in places is overdrawn, can be understood as cynical irony.
But then there are scenes like the last dialogue between Paul and cop Raines (Dean Norris), which seem as if Roth shares the completely confused opinion that the only thing that can stop an evil man with a gun is a good man with a gun. "Death Wish" therefore leaves a rather bitter aftertaste, which also affects the overall impression. It is actually quite positive if it were not for the somewhat indecisive handling of the issues of vigilante justice and weapons policy. Apart from a few lengths and clichés, the remake is a thrilling revenge thriller with a good Bruce Willis, who also cuts a fine figure at over 60 as a merciless revenge angel.
Eli Roth did a lot right with this remake, but now and then he also missed the mark. Despite all the justified criticism, what you have to credit the film with is that it is consistently thrilling and entertaining. Even though numerous clichés are of course used here and the story is not exactly cleverly constructed, there is never any real boredom. As a vigilante thriller, this version of "Death Wish" works really well. If the script were a bit better and more enigmatic now, then there would clearly have been a thumbs up. So there is the "worth seeing" only with some restrictions!
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