Is there a Charles Bronson revival going on in Hollywood and nobody told me? Diehard Bronson fans (like me) want to know! Jason Statham revived The Mechanic (2011), Antoine Fuqua gave us a slick remake of The Magnificent Seven (2016), and now Eli Roth is ready to give us an updated Death Wish this fall. It’s truly a Bronson Renaissance!
Roth’s new version of Death Wish is more of a reimagining than a remake or a sequel. New York has been swapped with Chicago, our hero is a doctor instead of an architect, and the narrative is a straight adaptation of Brian Garfield’s original novel. Ultimately, however, the themes of crime vs punishment and vigilante justice remain just as evident as Bronson’s classic 1974 everyman-with-a-gun revenge-thriller.
ComingSoon has posted a new poster for Roth’s film, which (logically) focuses on Bruce Willis’ Paul Kersey character… and a gun. Naturally!
There’s not a lot of buzz surrounding Roth’s Death Wish thus far, which appears to be a little looser and sillier than the original Bronson film (but nowhere near as dumb or nihilistic as the 3 sequels that followed). However, the action looks solid and Willis seems to be all-in on this character, plus Dean Norris’ hard-nosed Chicago police detective is the perfect foil for Willis’ somewhat glib vigilante.
The synopsis for Death Wish is as follows:
“Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of Chicago violence as it’s rushed into his ER – until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home. Kersey hunts for his family’s assailants to deliver justice.”
Are you down with an updated Death Wish starring Bruce Willis and Dean Norris? Let us know in the comments down below!
Death Wish hits theaters on 22 November 2017.
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