Movie hits home amid gun vi­o­lence in US

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Death Wish, with Bruce Wil­lis, Vin­cent D'Onofrio and Elis­a­beth Shue, di­rected by Eli Roth. 4/5

PAUL Kersey (Bruce Wil­lis) is a sur­geon in a Chicago hos­pi­tal and has had to deal with the vi­o­lence of the city’s streets for years.

Although sym­pa­thetic it ap­pears that, as a mat­ter of sur­vival, he tries not to think about it too much. He rather fo­cuses on his wife, Lucy (Elis­a­beth Shue) and daugh­ter Jor­dan (Camila Mor­rone) who has just been ac­cepted into col­lege.

She is also a keen soc­cer player, and the fam­ily show great sup­port for each other.

That all changes when two gun­shot vic­tims are rushed to the hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing vi­ciously at­tacked in their sub­ur­ban home.

Paul re­alises that the two vic­tims are, in fact, his wife and daugh­ter. Lucy does not sur­vive the at­tack but Jor­dan is op­er­ated on and re­mains in a coma.

The po­lice at­tend the scene of the crime in the form of de­tec­tives Kevin Raines (Dean Nor­ris) and Leonore Jack­son (Kim­berly Elise) who, with per­haps a 100 un­solved mur­ders on their books are to­tally im­po­tent. But they tell Paul they will con­tinue to search for his wife’s killers.

When a crim­i­nal is de­liv­ered to the emer­gency room at the hos­pi­tal with a gun­shot wound, Paul recog­nises the man as a valet he met re­cently. Putting two and two to­gether, he sur­rep­ti­tiously takes the dy­ing man’s gun. Although he seems re­luc­tant to use a weapon ini­tially, the au­di­ence knows (based on the ac­tions of Wil­lis’ pre­de­ces­sor in the role, Charles Bron­son, in the 1974 movie of the same name) it is in­evitable that Kersey is about to ex­act vengeance on his wife’s killers.

The movie has gen­er­ated a lot of con­tro­versy in the United States where anti- and pro-gun lob­by­ists are still hurt­ing over the most re­cent mass shoot­ing at a school in Florida.

How­ever you feel about guns, there is no doubt most peo­ple watch­ing the movie would sym­pa­thise with (if not nec­es­sar­ily con­done) the ac­tions of the dis­traught father and hus­band who was placed in this sit­u­a­tion.

A re­ally good movie with plenty of graphic vi­o­lence for those who, like me, en­joy a lit­tle may­hem in an ac­tion film, will make you ask your­self what you would do the same given the same cir­cum­stances.

MAIN CHAR­AC­TERS: Hap­pier times for the Kersey fam­ily, from left, Jor­dan (Camila Mor­rone), her mom Lucy (Elis­a­beth Shue), and father Dr Paul Kersey (Bruce Wil­lis) in the re­make of ‘Death Wish’, now show­ing at Rose­hill Cin­ema

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