Back in 1974, moviegoers were treated to something that ushered in the pop culture view of the seventies in any major city. With crime on the rise, law enforcement either corrupt or understaffed, it seemed that the criminals were running the cities. Many felt criminals have/had more rights than the victims they harmed. Then entered Paul Kersey.
In the original played by Charles Bronson, he unleashed his own brand of justice for the people that murdered his wife and brutally assaulted his daughter. Flash forward to 2017, it seems that Eli Roth has decided to reimagine the story and make it for a new culture that seems to think that criminal are not criminals and that people should be subjected to tougher laws on themselves rather than the people who break it.
The original film of the time, served to speak of social injustice and had a message to say. In the end, of the original, Kersey was a defender of the harmed and threatened the harmful. He was allowed to leave New York because crime was down due to him, and arresting him would case crime to rise and the public would take a harsher view of law enforcement. It will be interesting to see how the film plays in this socially-conscious era of law enforcement is out to kill people and criminals have rights era.
“Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents director Eli Roth’s reimagining of the classic 1974 revenge thriller DEATH WISH. Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of Chicago violence when it is rushed into his ER – until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts his family’s assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media’s attention, the city wonders if this deadly vigilante is a guardian angel or a grim reaper. Fury and fate collide in the intense, action-thriller DEATH WISH.”