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I knew a remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson hit was on the cards and I'd read that Sylvester Stallone was the favourite for the role of vigilante Paul Kersey but it looks like Bruce Willis has actually landed the role and that they've already started shooting in Chicago so there's a change of location from the originals New York Setting happening as well!

Also it is being directed by Hostel director Eli Roth and co stars Elizabeth Shue and Vincent D'Onofrio.

Anybody got any thoughts on how they think this one might turn out?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1137450/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_1 - Death Wish IMDB page.

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My first thought was something akin to Charlton Heston's reaction in the last scene of the original Planet Of The Apes.

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That's exactly what I was thinking Johnny [Big Grin]
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There´s never enough vigilante films in this world so i´m kinda looking for to this one.

This is Willis´ chance to come back once again so i hope that they will make the film gritty enough.

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Well, that's exactly what i'm afraid of. The original was about a man who turns vigilante, without ever catching the thugs
who harmed his family. My guess is the remake will turn out to be a straight-forward revenge-themed action movie.
Nothing wrong with that, of course.. but the original Death Wish had more to it.

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I see what you mean and if we think about modern screenwiters, that´s exactly what´s going to happen.
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And let's not forget that Death Wish already has one unofficial, unnecessary remake: Death Sentence (2007), directed by James Wan of Saw fame and starring Kevin Bacon, based on Brian Garfield's sequel to his novel Death Wish. It's not bad but kind of a bland B-movie.

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I'd forgot about Death Sentence and it's connection to Death Wish,it was an OK film but by the 30 - 40 minute mark when Bacon is being pursued by a group of Thugs waving guns through a busy city centre in broad daylight you knew that all sense of reality had long flown out the window!

Makes me sort of wonder if they'll try to reign Eli Roth in a bit because he can go to extremes at times,be funny if he done something along the lines of Death Wish 3 with Willis taking on hundreds of Chicago hoods while telling everyone that Wildey's coming!

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Death Wish 3 was the last of the series that I saw in a theatre. "My friend Wildey." "Who is this Mr. Wildey?" ROFL The Wildey .475 Magnum--and just like in the film, you have to hand load the rounds like Bronson does since they don't make any factory ammo. I didn't even know that it existed until a couple of years ago, but a fantastic website is www.imfdb.com, Internet Movie Firearms Database. I still can't believe the level of detail they have, right down to the hero of the anime Cowboy Bebop used an Israeli Jericho 941 9mm. That's unbelievably obscure, but sure enough, if you watch the episodes, the animators gave the hero that cool gun. And the database got it right.
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Death Wish 3 must have been a blast to watch in the theatres Crash and it was certainly the most funny (though unintentionally so) out of the series!


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Well the remake trailer is up and watching it doesn't really give me that feel of the original series especially when in comparison with 74's Death Wish and seeing that it's coming from director Eli Roth i feel it looks very restrained!

I do think though it could be watchable and perhaps enjoyable enough but I do think that any comparisons between it and the originals should perhaps be left at home otherwise I think a few of us here will probably be in for a lot of disappointment!

Though it is just the trailer so I could be proved well wrong!

https://youtu.be/DwpcBDPscdk - Death Wish remake trailer (2017).

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I thought that the trailer for the Bruce Willis remake looked like a lot of fun. The original Death Wish is such a well made, but depressing, film. Like Dirty Harry, it was a product of its time--and both are excellent 70s films.
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Yeah I don't think Bruce Willis is a bad choice for the role Crash and it could turn out to be a fun watch,like you say the original is brilliant but at the same time very grim and with how bleak things feel at times as it nowadays do the audience really want to come out feeling more depressed than how they went in probably not!
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Bruce Willis needs a comeback to get out of the straight-to-video-on-demand-junk-filmed-in-Atlanta ghetto that he's been in for the past few years. Though if you listen to director Kevin Smith, it's all Willis's own doing: He's not a particularly nice guy to work with.
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I always think of Death Wish 1 as more of a psychological thriller, but the sequels were straight action movies. I'm kind of looking forward to this. Feels topical for our time, and I think Willis might lend it the right kind of presence (even though nobody was as genuinely hard as Bronson!)
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You hit it, Logan 5. Death Wish, the novel and original film, are not just revenge or action pieces. They are indeed psychological thrillers, posing lots of interesting and complex questions: Is violence every justified to right a wrong? Is it okay to take the law into your own hands to benefit society as a whole? Does one person have the right to judge another?

Great stuff!

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