First Death Wish Photos Show Bruce Willis Out for Revenge

Watch: Bruce Willis is back in action - and Eli Roth directs him - in Death Wish

The first full-length trailer for Eli Roth's Death Wish remake is here and it looks pretty damn solid! While Willis' career is by no means stagnant, he's definitely no longer at the point where his name on the poster alone guarantees a box office hit.

The original 1974 version of Death Wish (which was based on a 1972 novel by Brian Garfield) was extremely controversial at the time it was released, but it wasn't billed as fun. It stars Bruce Willis and Dean Norris. I wanted to bring Bruce back to that Fifth Element, Unbreakable, Die Hard glory and have him craft another iconic performance, and I really think he did it. We mean, given all the racial and economic coding present in the original, you think they might have changed it, or tried to complicate it in someway, but Roth's chose to keep all that shit in place, and it still rings as a little fascist no matter how many times Sway shows up to tell us it's cool. Set to AC/DC's "Back in Black", the trailer shows Dr. Paul Kersey (Willis) use his surgeon skills to identify criminals and take revenge on a crusade for justice to avenge his wife's death. "I mean I really think this can be his 'Taken.' The fun is watching him go insane and watching someone slowly move the moral goal post".

One of the more fascinating remake/reboot films out there in Hollywood's pre-production ether is Death Wish.




The Death Wish remake, on the other hand, moves the setting to contemporary Chicago, whose escalating (real life) crime issues have become a prominent story in the national news scene.

In the '74 "Death Wish", per Phillips, "the implicit and overt racism is pretty stunning and very much of its era".

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