Death Wish (15)
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