Gun-crazy ‘Death Wish’ is a horrible misfire

Gun-crazy ‘Death Wish’ is a horrible misfire

In the end, Hollywood has discovered an answer to Chicago’s surging homicide charge. Is it a star-studded charity profit or after-school program? Nope. These bozos’ ingenious concept is to plop Bruce Willis within the Windy Metropolis with a handgun.

The zombie-like actor stars in a reboot of “Dying Want,” the 1974 vigilante justice movie through which a mild-mannered dad turns right into a vengeful killer after thugs homicide his spouse and assault his daughter at residence.

That film, which was set in New York, was controversial in its time as a result of it was a cheer squad for offing folks willy nilly. A foul plan, usually talking. Now, director Eli Roth has shoved that very same story into America’s third largest metropolis, the place lots of of persons are shot to loss of life every year.

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Roth clearly didn’t shoot his film in Chi City for a tax break: Bruce and household eat deep-dish pizza, learn the Chicago Solar-Occasions and hearken to real-life native radio shock-jock Mancow Muller. The situation is completely deliberate.

That will be swell if “Dying Want” had something necessary to say. However the plot right here is basically the identical as the unique. Willis performs the worst physician ever, who lives in tony Evanston, a suburb. Some criminals botch a theft at his home once they uncover his household there. The psychopaths kill his spouse and go away his daughter in a coma. So Brucie will get his gun, and goes on a bloody rampage to avenge his spouse’s loss of life.

Extremely, Chicagoans fall head over heels for the cold-blooded killer like he’s an arachnid teen in Spandex. They dub him the “Grim Reaper,” that hoodie-wearing white man who’s higher at policing than the police. Sure, cops are portrayed right here as ineffective dunces who gobble pizza at crime scenes and twiddle their thumbs whereas miscreants swirl round them.

Preying on a hurting metropolis could be forgiven if the film was any good. However Willis, who was as soon as a formidable motion star, is performing “Die Onerous With an Ambien” as he displays zero emotion and mutters underneath his breath like an accountant who’s upset together with his boss.

The unique Charles Bronson-starring “Dying Want” in 1974 includes a handful of cameos by acquainted faces. Earlier than these actors grew to become well-known, they performed blink-and-you’ll-miss-it roles on this darkish vengeance thriller. See in the event you can acknowledge all of them:

Jeff Goldblum snagged his very first movie function as “Freak No. 1,” one of many terrifying thugs who breaks into the hero’s home and assaults his spouse and daughter.

Lengthy earlier than she gained an Oscar for 1987’s “Moonstruck,” Olympia ­Dukakis performed an uncredited cop on the precinct who rolls her eyes on the issue of discovering New York’s “vigilante killer.”

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, who went on to play Freddie “Growth Growth” Washington within the 1970s sitcom “Welcome Again, Kotter,” is a mugger in Central Park.

Sonia Manzano, aka Maria from “Sesame Road,” makes an uncredited look as a grocery store cashier early on within the movie.

Character actor Paul Dooley (the dad from “Sixteen Candles,” amongst many different roles) is uncredited as a cop who talks to Bronson’s character on the hospital.