I’m not sure how convinced I am by anything I’ve seen of Eli Roth’s “reimagining” (oh goody, another word for remake we have to contend with) of the 1974 Death Wish.
The original sees Charles Bronson turn one-man vigilante after his wife his murdered.
Eli Roth has passed acting duties to Bruce WIllis who, as Dr Paul Kersey, is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of his city’s violence when he is confronted with it in his ER -that is until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home.
With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts his family’s assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media’s attention, the city wonders if this deadly avenger is a guardian angel or a grim reaper.
Also starring Vincent D’Onofrio, Dean Norris and Kimberly Elise, it’s adapted from the original novel by Brian Garfield and “reimagined for a modern-day audience by director Eli Roth, screenwriter Joe Carnahan and producer Roger Birnbaum” – according to the blurb at least.