DEATH WISH (R18+)
NO SIGN OF LIFE, US, 107 MIN
They killed his wife, and now they’re gonna pay. They also left his daughter in a coma, so now everyone is really gonna pay. Who did what – and who must make reparations to he who is aggrieved – is of little consequence to Death Wish. This is supposed to be a remake of the 1974 revenge thriller starring Charles Bronson, a brutal affair that spawned a further four, increasingly awful instalments in the decade that followed. However, all this update can do is sullenly recapture the grim mood of the original movie, albeit only for a few minutes at a time. A lethargic Bruce Willis steps into the shoes of Bronson with all the enthusiasm of someone who may have taken the role only because a beloved household pet is being held hostage by the filmmakers. Those with an eye for the cinematically trivial will notice this sadistically violent affair has legitimately earned an R18+ rating from Australian censors, which is almost impossible to do these days.