What a lousy movie


"Death Wish" was a very popular movie when it premiered, because it addressed a serious problem plaquing NYC at the time: rampant crime. Back then, NYC was the most dangerous large city in the United States. Going to Central Park at night was risking bodily harm, rape, theft or murder. Taking the subway after sunset was tempting fate as it had become a haven for criminals. Vandalism was rampant, graffiti was everywhere, slums were spreading out, the middle class was leaving and NYC had become a place of derision.

Thus, the movie hit a cord, yet, looking at the movie now, its pretty lousy. For one thing, Charles Bronson had to be one of the worst actors around. He acting is so flat, he shows no emotion even when he finds out that his wife has just died and the criminals are caricatures with leather jackets, switchblade, bandanas tied on their heads and spray cans. They walk around with stereotypical, exaggerated thug gestures. They look like cardboard characters. To say that the movie lacks subtlety is an understatement.

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If it even tried to be serious, it would work a lot better. But, even though he feels revulsion after shooting that first robber, Bronson all of a sudden becomes this guy who seeks out punks, lures them to where he can corner them, and mindlessly kills them off like they were paper targets.

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You've created a dialog within yourself instead of trying to form a sense of empathy with Paul. I'm not saying you have to agree with it but to easily dismiss a human being in trauma as being "mindless" in their actions speaks volumes about the kind of person you are, not them.

Maybe this is why film has turned to shit in recent decades.

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So, I'm not all about revenge, like you are. That's your actual comment.

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Edgy. Again, you've created a dialog within yourself. I never applied any personal values to it but you were quick to assume. You've proven my point in spades.

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Keep chasing your own tail.

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One of the great movies.

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“ He acting is so flat, he shows no emotion even when he finds out that his wife has just died “

The OP should know there are many people who do react to trauma in this way. Some people process it for years and have entire emotional break downs later in life. When the OP says his acting is flat, haven’t we all known people with Paul Kersey’s demeanor?

I see more and more postings with people saying “they would not react that way.” This planet is full of many different types of people who would react many different types of ways.

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Everything you mentioned in the OP is exactly why i want to watch it.

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