Death Wish (NC16)
Starring Bruce Willis, Elisabeth Shue, Dean Norris
Directed by Eli Roth
Bruce Willis stars as a doctor exercising his right to bear arms when home invaders murdered his wife and left his daughter in a coma. Does he get away with playing judge, jury and executioner? (Spoiler alert: Of course, he does — he’s white.)
More than just about America’s love affair with guns, this bland and unnecessary (and untimely) remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson revenge thriller is also a monster yarn about a common man turning into a killer, albeit a righteous one.
The problem is, Willis’ smirky John McClane persona gets in the way, making that painful transformation rarely convincing. Go watch Jodie Foster's The Brave One instead — it's the same movie, but different take. (**)