Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has dropped the first trailer for the Bruce Willis-starring remake of Death Wish, the 1974 revenge thriller starring Charles Bronson.
Whereas Bronson’s ass-kicker was an architect, Willis’ Paul Kersey is a surgeon… not that the updates even matter really. The essential plot remains the same: Guy’s family is attacked, police can’t do much, guy heads to the streets for revenge. Done.
It’s the type of plot that we’ve seen play out many, many, many times in cinema. There’s something satisfying about watching someone dispense justice when no one else will, although cinema’s offered up a mixed bag of quality when it comes to just how said justice is portrayed.
Here, Cabin Fever and Hostel director Eli Roth appears to be going for the straightforward ‘f*** ’em up’ approach, which could be refreshingly simplistic. The screenplay comes from filmmaker Joe Carnahan, who’s no stranger to crime-riddled narratives, having also penned Narc, Smokin’ Aces, and Pride and Glory.
Death Wish, also starring Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Camila Morrone, Dean Norris and Kimberly Elise, will hit U.S. cinemas on November 22.
Synopsis for Death Wish:
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.