Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Death Wish (1974)

 4.5 / 5 Jun '09
Tagline: Vigilante, city style - Judge, Jury and Executioner
Directed by: Michael Winner
Written by: Brian Garfield, Wendell Mayes
Actors include: Charles Bronson, Hope Lange, Kathleen Tolan
Genre: Thriller, Action
Length: 93 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

Having seen many rape/revenge films over the years it seemed like it was time to watch one of the first. Although it doesn't quite follow the same pattern it's ultra violent ways must have been highly influential to many filmmakers. We meet Bronson who works as an architect (like Mr. Brady!) who loves and adores his beautiful wife and daughter (and even his son-in-law). When his wife and daughter go to the grocery store, three thugs get their address off of their grocery delivery address and they attack. When Bronson's wife dies he sort of goes into a slump, but the horribly crime-riddled conditions of New York are enough to push him too far. From there the second half of the movie is an awesomely violent killing spree (I love how smooth Bronson is with a gun) that is sure to please most. The other factor here is we get to watch the Police try to figure out who this vigilante is which is interesting too. A highly exciting action film that makes a point (albiet in the wrong hands this point could be very dangerous).

Availability:  On DVD

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