DEATH WISH (15)
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