Review: “Death Wish” (2018) - ManlyMovie

Review: “Death Wish” (2018)

Couple of hours ago I attended a late night screening of Eli Roth’s “Death Wish” & when I got home I decided to check out the reviews that were up online for the movie. And it wasn’t much of a surprise to find that most critics are shitting on the movie.

The movie is about a middle/upper class white guy shooting a bunch of thugs from various ethnic backgrounds after his wife gets murdered & his daughter seriously injured in a home invasion gone wrong. And that is all it takes to give some people an epileptic seizure.

Some are actually calling for the movie to be plugged from theaters or questioning the decision of the studio to make the film at all ( just by the critic’s interpretations of the film’s politics) and that’s why I say that a lot of these guys are definitely no different nor any better than those “1950s book-burners right-wing assholes” they claim to hate so much.

But thank God we still got some freedoms left and the movie was released and viewed by yours truly. I love Charles Bronson and I love all 5 movies of the “Death Wish” franchise. Sure some are better than others but I have grown fond of all of them. Here’s a trip down memory lane.

In 1974 we got introduced to a character that will become synonymous with manhood, played by an actor synonymous with manhood.

But as we all know thugs are like cockroaches , no matter how many of them you kill them motherfuckers keep multiplying (birth control motherfuckers birth control ) the world needed Charles Bronson and Charles Bronson once again answered the call.

1985 produced a lot of great all-time manly classics. So what happens when you mix the 80s, Cannon Pictures and Charles Bronson in a “Death Wish” movie?

A high testosterone manly classic…That’s what

Bronson laying the Crackdown on them Candy Asses…

I’m watching

The fashion world is filled with gays and effeminate “men”…

That is until Charles Bronson shows up

So when a remake was announced like many Bronsonites, I was skeptical. Many directors and actors were attached to the project over the years, finally Eli Roth was attached to direct the movie and he selected Bruce Willis as the new Paul Kersey.

I have made my feelings known about Bruce Willis here. I stated many times that I was a huge fan of the guy growing up and I still think he’s capable of doing good work when he wants to, however his decision to show up in mostly lower-quality DTV movies while looking bored as hell I think has turned a lot of his fans off including yours truly.  If he did not have an option at least that will make more sense but the fact that he’s still considered by many around the world an on-demand actor and movie star makes his decision to mostly show up in extended cameos in low-quality DTV movies not only sad but bizarre.

I understand having an easy life of showing up for a few days of work sporadically for a few million dollars. If I had that chance I sure as shit will take it but if I was already an older multi-gazillionare movie star I will just do maybe one good fucking movie a year for good money and the rest of the time chill and not shit on my legacy that much.

So I was worried that Willis was going to play Paul Kersey as the most bored looking vigilante on God’s Green Earth. But upon watching the movie I can honestly say that not only did I like the movie, I was happy to see Willis somewhat give a shit and be back in form. The screening that I attended was not completely sold out but still lots of people showed up (mostly I will say over the age of 30) and it was nice to see Bruce Willis have command of the big screen again and have people in the cinema cheer for him like in the good old days.

The film takes place in Chicago Illinois and for those of you who may not be aware the film depicts the current situation in inner-city Chicago.  Long story short..gangbanging, drug-dealing, good for nothing , piece of shit, motherfucking hoodlums are getting shot left and right. Crime is rampant and has become not only a local concern but a national concern as well.

In this version Paul Kersey played by Willis is a surgeon at Chicago hospital. He has a very good life, he’s married to the still hot-as-fuck, Cobra Kai’s main babe Elisabeth Shue. He has a beautiful teenage daughter who is college bound, his brother (played by Vincent D’Onofrio) may not have all his shit together and is kinda broke but he has a good relationship with him and he’s a great uncle to his daughter and he has a nice house in a nice neighborhood. Things are going well for Mr Kersey until one day tragedy strikes and his family is assaulted in a home invasion.

Willis actually manages to portray convincingly how a man goes from mild-mannered surgeon to pissed-off vigilante. There are a couple of references to his younger days, when it relates to his father and maybe a darker past but the film doesn’t dwell too much on that. Just kind of plants the seed that years prior he wasn’t that mild-mannered because of a troubled relationship with his father.

The story is straightforward and simple. At first he unleashes his anger on thugs he encounters then on those he seeks. The supporting cast is solid and Eli Roth managed to make a very entertaining movie worthy of the “Death Wish” saga in my opinion. No shaky-cam to give the audience visual diarrhea & in my opinion the movie was never boring. It was nice to see an old school movie , rated R with old-school violence and the protagonist not wearing a fucking cape &  Bruce Willis not acting like he was counting the minutes till he could get the fuck off the set. It was nice to get a little bit of the old Bruce back at least for one movie. Plus it was nice to see Elisabeth Shue and the original Thor Vincent D’Onofrio reunite again after their collaboration on the 80s classic “Adventures in Babysitting”

I love vigilante movies, there’s something awesome about a guy stepping out of his element and seeking vengeance on those that wronged him. And of course the “Death Wish” movies are considered to be the best vigilante movies by many. This movie is not better than the original but it doesn’t shit on the “Death Wish” legacy. It was an entertaining watch…& yes, some characters make valid points about owning a gun. Cue the haters




  1. The Night Rider

    March 2, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Glad it stands on its own two feet, away from the original/s. Do you think they’re going to franchise it up?

    • Mucho Macho

      March 2, 2018 at 10:14 am

      Maybe I guess depends on how this one performs. I would not mind a sequel.
      Hollywood has kind of forgotten how to do modest budget movies. Not every film has to be a 100 to 200 million dollars. I read this one cost about 30 million to make and with International markets I’m pretty sure it will make its money back and generate a profit. It will probably do better or really well overseas.
      American Fans and media are too busy riding “Black Panthers” dick. Schools are actually taking students to watch this fucking thing like it’s a groundbreaking event!
      or a documentary😂

    • Jake

      March 2, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      That was the studio’s intention, and why the original directors were fired. The studio wanted something commercial that could potentially become a franchise while the directors wanted a more artsy exploration of the effects of violence.

      Hopefully it does well enough overseas for a sequel.


    March 2, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Sounds worth a check out. Hopefully Bruce can bring some of the old Bruno magic back to DH6 next

  3. Saverio

    March 2, 2018 at 11:51 am

    love Adventures in Babysitting! Glad this turned out good! The conspiracy theorist in me says this movie was meant to get Willis back on track so DH6 would get some hype behind it if it gets made. Great work as always, Mucho!

    • Mucho Macho

      March 2, 2018 at 5:16 pm

      Thanx as always brotha.
      “Adventures in Babysitting” is a fucking classic! I don’t care what anybody says, I love that movie.😂
      They sure don’t make them like they used to

  4. the_greater_gabbo

    March 2, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    refreshing to read a review that isn’t crying about guns. can’t wait to see it.

  5. Jeff

    March 2, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks for the review, Bro. I was wondering how Bruce would turn out in this one. Sounds promising, I may watch it on bluray. It takes a lot to get me in the theater nowadays. Gonna see MI6 & EX4 for sure.

    • Mucho Macho

      March 2, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      Early morning showings in a lot of theaters are cheaper & of course quieter. That’s what I do sometimes now.

      By the way since this is Eli Roth maybe there will be a directors/unrated cut on Blu-ray. Food for thought

      • The Night Rider

        March 2, 2018 at 5:41 pm

        It’s sad that cinemas are kind of a meeting place for teenagers, irrespective of what they’ve sat down to watch. As long as it’s something. Then there’s the bullshit talking, phones etc.

        • Mucho Macho

          March 3, 2018 at 1:22 am

          I got to say that I still love going to the cinema despite of everything. Completely understand your point and you’re not wrong.
          So sometimes you look for ways around the issue or issues that bother you. For example I know of a theatre that it’s not up to state of the art by today’s standards and needs an upgrade but it’s mostly visited by an older crowd and it’s not as hectic and more of a pleasurable experience. I miss out watching the movie on an HD surround sound digital screen whatever but in return it’s always a nicer experience when I go to this theater cuz nobody’s being a pain in the ass for the most part.

  6. Serbius

    March 2, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    It looks good. Thanks for the article/review, it was an entertaining read and made me want to watch the movie.

    we need more vigilante movies.

  7. Eric Hutchison

    March 2, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    So I guess these same liberal critics, who are actually just paid mouthpieces for movie studios these days, didn’t have any problem with Jamie Foxx running around delightfully murdering white people in Django Unchained. Right?

  8. TheOldMcClane

    March 3, 2018 at 1:03 am

    you mean Kersey doesn’t just kill a bunch of white dudes? Shocked.

  9. AlTeo

    March 3, 2018 at 6:23 am

    Good review, Mucho.
    Agree with your score, it’s a solid 7 from me as well.

    Thank goodness this didn’t cost an entire country’s GDP to make, it will most likely recoup its decent budget for a healthy return worldwide, possibly justifying a sequel. Theater I went to two nights ago was packed and enjoyed it thoroughly, looks like the Planet Hollywood Star power hasn’t lost its effect in South East Asia.

    • Mucho Macho

      March 3, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you my friend.
      The interesting thing about guys like Arnold , Stallone & Willis is that while their star power might have diminish in the United States, they remain incredibly popular overseas where they enjoy kind of Rock-Star Fame.

      Sensei Seagal movies still sell very well in the international markets as well as Van Damme’s. Years ago when Stallone did the Q&A on AICN, Harry Knowles said that he was surprised by how many questions he got from all over the world to ask Stallone.

  10. Jake

    March 2, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    Yeah as a big fan of the original series I was happy this turned out to be a worthy addition. Other than the social media elements it basically feels like something that could’ve been released during the 1990s.

    Also, in addition to being topical, Chicago is where Kersey found himself at the end of the original Death Wish. Not sure it was an intentional nod to the Bronson series but I like that we finally get to see a Paul Kersey rampage that up until now was only implied in Death Wish 2. LOL

  11. blaqueknite

    March 5, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    The fact that you can say you loved all 5 Death Wish movies makes me seriously question your judgement. The first one was great and second was good. The rest was trash capitalizing on the name. Though I must admit I loved how in Death Wish 3 Bronson fired a machine gun and held the barrel without burning his hand. Charlie B toughest man that ever lived.

  12. ColonelBobi

    March 7, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    I’m stunned it sounds like it’s worth watching as I had my hopes low for this remake. Now it has my attention. Cheers Mucho.

  13. Cal

    March 13, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    The D’Onofrio character bothered me. He always seemed so shady and guilty, asking on the nose questions as if he’s faking a routine of surprise and grief. It wouldn’t surprise me if the script was originally written with D’Onofrio’s character involved in the burglary in some capacity – maybe he organised it. But then it might have been changed on the fly.

    I have no issue with the way the story played out, but goddamn D’Onofrio’s character was played so badly. If his character was never supposed to have a role in the burglary, it’s just a bad performance from the actor. Or maybe he was told to act like that. Either way, it’s bad. This isn’t a whodunit with a twist, after all.