DEATH WISH (15)

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Eli Roth – one of con­tem­po­rary cin­ema’s mae­stros of gore – can­not re­sist at least one scene of gra­tu­itous splat­ter in his morally bank­rupt re­make of the 1974 thriller, which cast Charles Bron­son as a gun-tot­ing hus­band thirsty for re­venge. The tim­ing of the new Death Wish, with stu­dents march­ing across Amer­ica in favour of tighter gun con­trols, leaves a bit­ter taste in the mouth.

Joe Car­na­han’s script can barely con­tain its de­light when­ever some­one han­dles a gun, ven­er­at­ing the right to bear arms in pur­suit of jus­tice. Ef­fer­ves­cent Bruce Willis is most ef­fec­tive in Bron­son’s sig­na­ture role be­fore the car­nage begins, hint­ing at a ten­der­ness and vul­ner­a­bil­ity.

Bruce Willis in Eli Roth’s gun-tot­ing thriller

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