Death Wish
Death Wish

DEATH WISH, available now on Netflix, doesn’t pretend to be anything it is not. A man has his wife and daughter murdered, and he seeks revenge. That’s it. There are absurd parts, and it hints at some moral challenges – but fundamentally, if you’re looking for a deep emotional evaluation, this movie is not for you. Go watch MR JONES instead.

This movie is mostly silly, and creates a good excuse for the hero, Bruce Willis, to do bad stuff and be cheered for it:

It’s these vanishingly few scenes where [the director] Roth’s flair for a macabre set piece really comes alive: one exploding head seems to be full of intestines, which is if anything else anatomically inventive. Elsewhere, Roth seems as neutered as the once-effervescent Willis seems tired. Maybe the material is beyond his talents as a provocateur, with the supporting cast scrupulously racially balanced and the choose-your-interpretation chorus of media talking heads acting as oven gloves sparing the film from actually handling any hot potatoes. Aside from few nods at the ease of getting a gun legally and the bizarreness of these weapons’ babe-heavy advertising, Death Wish 2018 runs a mile before doing anything more than tacitly endorse its hero’s rampage.

Death Wish Review

I thought it was fun and good enough. I have distant memories of watching PAYBACK around twenty years ago, and think that was a better movie than this if you’re looking for revenge in a Hollywood action film.

Michael Josem is a long-term consumer advocate, most prominently as a global leader in combating fraud in the online gambling industry. He was in part the inspiration for the 20th Century Fox Movie, Runner Runner, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.

Josem has over a decade of experience as a senior business leader working across various high-tech and online industries, and takes action to build a better community. His primary volunteer roles include service for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and Graih, the homelessness charity.

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