Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Weekend Watch: Bruce Willis in Feel Good ‘Death Wish’

*Bruce Willis stars in the feel good film, “Death Wish,” to rekindle that love affair audiences had with the 1974 “Death Wish” movie starring Charles Bronson. The retooled “Death Wish” begins with the stunning statistics of murders in Chicago and proceeds to show what can happen when guns are in the right hands.

When Willis (Dr. Paul Kersey) begins blowing away thugs in a black community, he is labeled a guardian angel by the residents. They had someone on their side with a gun who was not shooting or killing them with a chokehold. Or, a Trayvon Martin stalker-killer like George Zimmerman. There were those, nonetheless, that referred Kersey as the grim reaper.

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Kimberly Elise as Detective Jackson in ‘Death Wish.’

Dr. Kersey, a trauma surgeon, suffered great grief when his wife was killed in a home invasion and his daughter left in a coma. His musings reminded me of Russell Hornsby in “Seven Seconds.” Kersey says he did everything right but felt helpless when it came to protecting his family. However, Kersey did have the law on his side.

Willis’ crusade that began in the black community did not seem odd. Ironically, on the real, his singing career began on Motown Records, long before the “Die Hard” pentalogy and “The Sixth Sense.”

Directed by Eli Roth, the film also stars Kimberly Elise, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Camila Morrone, Dean Norris, and Beau Knapp.

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Marie Moorehttp://eurweb.com
Veteran syndicated journalist who covers film and television.

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