“Death Wish” (MGM)
By Catholic News Service
Even dressed up with some style and the presumption of wit, this remake is the same nihilistic racist vigilante fantasy that the five films in the first series were years ago. Director Eli Roth and screenwriter Joe Carnahan have set the tale of Paul Kersey, originally a New York architect played by stone-faced Charles Bronson, in Chicago, where this Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a smirking, yet highly dedicated and compassionate, emergency room surgeon.
Vigilantism theme, skewed view of law enforcement, frequent gore, pervasive gun and physical violence, frequent rough language and profanities. Catholic News Service classification, O — morally offensive. Motion Picture Association of America rating, R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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