DEATH WISH (R18+)

NO SIGN OF LIFE, US, 107 MIN

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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.

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