One of the more fascinating remake/reboot films set for the Hollywood ether is Death Wish. With the helmer of the Hostel series Eli Roth directing and Bruce Willis headlining, this is likely to be a serious bloodbath. The original 1974 Death Wish rejuvenated the career of Charles Bronson with his unforgettable performance as Paul Kersey, a New York City architect and Korean War veteran put on a dark path of vigilante vengeance after a home invasion saw his daughter raped and killed and his wife left comatose. Based on the novel by Brian Garfield, the original five-film series (the last of which arrived in 1994,) carried a contemporaneous moral clarity that certainly feels antiquated in contrast to contemporary sensibilities.
The Death Wish remake, on the other hand, moves the setting to contemporary Chicago, whose escalating (real life) crime issues have become a prominent story in the national news scene. However, its old-fashioned actioner approach could resonate with audiences looking for a guilty pleasure. The footage we’ve seen so far from the Death Wish remake showcases the kind of visceral vengeance that one immediately associates with the franchise.
However, appropos to the film’s selection of Bruce Willis as protagonist Paul Kersey, the trailer reveals a remake movie that mixes the traditionally violent rampage of the grieving family man with cheeky one-liners that hearken back to the 1980s action film era in which Willis first made his transition from TV star to box office badass with the launch of the Die Hard franchise.
Indeed, this Death Wish trailer could easily be mistaken for an unseen Die Hard sequel that’s taken the quippy John McClane down a slightly darker path while maintaining a macabre levity. That can be good or bad, depending if you’re coming into this with expectations of a grandiouse, Greek tragedy-type, drama or just an unapologetic, balls-to-the-wall action flick.
The latest trailer leans pretty hard on the Grindhouse aesthetic…
Check out the earlier trailers, too…
And here’s the earlier trailer.
Death Wish Release Date
Death Wish will unleash the unbridled armory of Bruce Willis’s Paul Kersey when it arrives at theaters on March 2, 2018.
Death Wish Cast
Vincent D’Onofrio co-stars as Frank Kersey, the brother of Bruce Willis’s Paul, seemingly serving as the film’s sole source of conscientiousness for the implications of Paul’s gun-toting urban exploits.
The cast also consists of names such as Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Jack Kesy (Deadpool 2), Beau Knapp (The Nice Guys), Kimberly Elise (Dope), Mike Epps (Survivor’s Remorse), Kirby Bliss Blanton (Tell Me How I Die) and Ronnie Gene Blevins (Twin Peaks: The Return).