Death Wish (15)

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Up­dat­ing the 1974 thriller for a mod­ern au­di­ence with action icon Bruce Wil­lis re­plac­ing Charles Bron­son as vig­i­lante Paul Kear­ney may have seemed like a good idea on pa­per.

Throw in the di­rec­tor of Hos­tel, Eli Roth, be­hind the cam­era and a screen­play by Narc writer Joe Car­na­han and, at the very least, you would ex­pect some hy­per vi­o­lence and hard­hit­ting drama.

Sadly, though, Death Wish 2018 is crim­i­nally dull, dumb and re­dun­dant as never mind the orig­i­nal, even the run-of-the-mill Death Sen­tence and The Brave One did this type of re­venger-fu­elled story better 10 years ago.

Kear­ney is a sur­geon in­stead of an ar­chi­tect this time around, but the ba­sic premise re­mains the same; he em­barks on his own brand of justice fol­low­ing a bru­tal at­tack on his wife Lucy (Elis­a­beth Shue) and daugh­ter Jor­dan (Camila Mor­rone).

The lack of re­al­ism in Wil­lis wear­ing doc­tor’s scrubs and op­er­at­ing on pa­tients is the least of the 63-year-old’s prob­lems.

At one point Kear­ney, when ref­er­enc­ing his watch, says, “it’s run­ning a lit­tle slow”; he could eas­ily be re­fer­ring to Wil­lis him­self as his mum­bling, se­date per­for­mance is a world away from swing­ing off sky­scrapers as John McClane.

The speed of Kear­ney’s tran­si­tion from

Out for jus­tice Willis’ sur­geon-turned­vig­i­lante on the hunt

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