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Death Wish

MPAA Rating: R-Rating (MPAA) for strong bloody violence, and language throughout.
not reviewed
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Action Crime Drama Remake
1 hr. 47 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
March 2, 2018 (wide—2,847 theaters)
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Relevant Issues
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Losing family to violence

Does God feel our pain? Answer

DEPRESSION—Are there biblical examples of depression and how to deal with it? Answer

What should a Christian do if overwhelmed with depression? Answer


Overwhelmed police departments

Why has Chicago, Illinois become so violent?

What is wrong with vigilantism/vigilantes? becoming a self-appointed judge and executioner


justice of God


Issue of pain and suffering

Why does God allow innocent people to suffer? Answer

What about the issue of suffering? Doesn’t this prove that there is no God and that we are on our own? Answer

ORIGIN OF BAD—How did bad things come about? Answer

Did God make the world the way it is now? What kind of world would you create? Answer

FILM VIOLENCE—How does viewing violence in movies affect families? Answer

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Featuring: Bruce WillisPaul Kersey
Vincent D'OnofrioFrank Kersey
Elisabeth ShueLucy Kersey
Camila Morrone … Jordan Kersey
Dean NorrisDetective Kevin Raines
Beau Knapp … Knox
Kimberly Elise … Detective Leonore Jackson
Len Cariou … Ben
Jack Kesy … The Fish
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Director: Eli Roth—“The Green Inferno” (2013), “Hostel” 1-2, “Cabin Fever” (2002)
Producer: Roger Birnbaum
Stephen J. Eads
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Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

“They came for his family. Now he’s coming for them.”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Dr. Paul Kersey is a surgeon who often sees the consequences of the city's violence in the emergency room. When home intruders brutally attack his wife and young daughter, Kersey becomes obsessed with delivering vigilante justice to the perpetrators. As the anonymous slayings grab the media's attention, the public begins to wonder if the deadly avenger is a guardian angel—or the Grim Reaper itself.”

Original: Death Wish (1974)

  • Violence: Extreme
  • Profane language: Heavy—“Swear to f**k*ng G*d,” “J*sus Chr*st” (3), J*sus (4), G*d-d*mn (2), Oh my G*d (2), h*ll (2), “d*mn
  • Vulgar/Crude language: Extreme—“motherf*****” (2), other f-words (40+), “p*ssy” (2), “d*ck,” “b*ned,” “cr*p,” s-words (20+), “a**h*le” (5), “a**” (3)
  • Nudity: Moderate— • cleavage • photo of a bikini-clad woman • woman bowling in short dress (on TV) revealing some bare buttocks
  • Sex: Moderate— • robber suggestively touches a female victim • kissing • crude sexual comment
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Secular Movie Critics
…Directed by Eli Roth with the same knowing smirk that has informed his previous exercises in self-satisfied bloodletting (“Cabin Fever,” “The Green Inferno,” the “Hostel” movies), the movie is a slick, straightforward revenge thriller as well as a sham provocation, pandering shamelessly to the viewer's bloodlust while trying to pass as self-aware satire. …
Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
…Eli Roth’s “Death Wish” isn’t a bad movie as far as super-violent exploitation flicks go. But it is a deeply problematic one. And that problem boils down to this: It’s the absolute wrong movie at the absolute wrong time. …
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
…“Death Wish” is easily the second best “Death Wish” movie ever made, and not a distant second. …
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
…The film, much like Willis' performance, never flatlines, but it never delivers the thrills you expect from this type of genre piece. …
Randy Cordova, The Republic (Phoenix AZ)
…Preying on a hurting city might be forgiven if the movie was any good. But Willis, who was once a formidable action star, is performing “Die Hard With an Ambien” as he exhibits zero emotion and mutters under his breath like an accountant who’s upset with his boss. …
Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
…As soon as Willis deploys his trademark smirk, and the comfortable vengeance of tracking down his wife’s killers while avoiding detection takes over, it just becomes a million other B-movies about lowlifes getting what they deserve. …
Robert Abele, The Wrap
…Quite simply, it’s impossible to “enjoy” a film that makes you feel even worse about the society we live in – especially when it’s so gobsmackingly unaware itself. …
Matt Donato, We Got This Covered
…All the new “Death Wish” is truly committed to is getting a rise out of the audience. It’s a first-person-shooter fantasy. The film’s only real view of justice is that it’s a blast. …
Owen Gleiberman, Variety