5/30/11

Death Wish II (1982) Review

First His Wife. Now His Daughter. It's Time To Even The Score!

Death Wish II
Welcome to Charles Bronson Week.  He was in something like 80 movies so I'll try to cover at least a few of them this week.  The first is Death Wish II.

In the original Death Wish,  New York architect and "bleeding heart liberal" Paul Kersey (Bronson) is at work when a group of thugs including Jeff Goldblum breaks into his home, rapes his daughter and kills his wife.  Kersey takes it upon himself to rid the streets of these scumbags with a nickel-plated .32 Colt revolver, and becomes a hero of the people of New York.  Because the crime rate was so drastically reduced and because the people would be in an uproar if Kersey was killed or arrested, the police let him go under the condition that he leaves New York permanently.

Death Wish II is completely different.  It takes place in Los Angeles and this time when thugs, including Laurence Fishburne, break into Kersey's home, his maid gets raped and killed and his daughter gets kidnapped... and then also gets raped, and because she is insane from the trauma of being raped in the original Death Wish , she runs through a window and impales herself on a fence.

"No!  This jacket is for Members Only!"
Paul Kersey becomes the leathery face of vengeance once again.  He rents a room in a crappy downtown hotel and walks the streets at night hunting down those drug-addled rapists who killed his maid and daughter and any other punks who get in his way.

News of the Los Angeles vigilante reaches New York and the police there know that Paul Kersey is up to his old tricks.  They also know that if he's caught by the LAPD, it will come to light that the NYPD knew of Kersey, had him in custody and let him go when he was killing bad guys in New York.  To cover their asses they send a detective to stop him.  Now Kersey is both the hunter and the hunted.

I've said it before and I'll say it again (or write it in this case), every Charles Bronson movie is a good one just because Bronson is in it, and Death Wish II is no exception.  He was a man among men.


Violence Rating/Index: 3.5 out of 5
Booby Rating/Index: 3 or maybe a 3.5 out of 5  - Click to see the nude scenes.

29 comments:

Bart said...

dat moustache

Kicking Rocks said...

Your pick of the week 'Django' reminds me of a movie I saw this weekend called Sukiyaki Western Django.

thenitefalls said...

I never seen any Charles Bronson movies, but this series looks like a good introduction!

Dejch said...

haha charles bronson i remmeber his movies from back in the days

Zoltan said...

A gap-toothed Laurence Fishburne wearing those awesome pink sunglasses and fedora while he violently rapes those poor women is an image that will stay with you forever.

ed said...

thats alot of movies. seems like a badass vigilante

Dave said...

I liked all the Death Wish movies. Charles Bronson rocks.

Rob said...

Bronson is a beast! Perfect person to have movies reviewed on this blog :D

Astronomy Pirate said...

Bronson is not a man to cross.

Colin Biano said...

impales herself through a fence and a score of 3? this movie sounds pretty good :D

A Beer for the Shower said...

Charles Bronson was the man. Old and gray but could still kick your ass. Like Jack Palance but with guns.

Malkavian said...

hahaha Awesome, that last pic of Bronson is Epic

Jay said...

bronson's loose again!

...who wouldn't want to watch that movie with a tagline like that? :D

Bonjour Tristesse said...

I agree. Everything is better with Charles Bronson.

LiquorKing said...

these movies slipped completely out of my sphere of influence, I must see them soon!

LoneIslander said...

Funny, I think that this is in a movie pack my friend just bought. I'll gave to see if it is and watch it for myself.

Moobeat said...

uhoh

srnajera said...

jajajajjacool moviee :P

D4 said...

I want this. You made it seem too good, I might be expecting a bit much. I'm gonna watch the first one first though, that should help.

Alan said...

This guy looks like a badass

JayPower said...

This review is awesome, cant wait to check it out ;D

The Angry Lurker said...

Bronson was one of the greatest, Kersey was the vigilante king.

Speedy Ed said...

this is great, i have never seen it but im loving that trailer !

Solsby Kid said...

This looks pretty good! Thanks for the review! :)

Patti D. said...

I remember watching this movies years ago, he was awesome!!!

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Necroticism said...

Charles Bronson's movies are epic!

BTN Hip Hop said...

trailer got me interested

Geoffrey said...

as a spoiled child of the Simpsons, I didn't think Death Wish was a real movie. I now feel it my duty to watch them

sundersartwork said...

Interesting movies by Winner, a jew. Most jewish directed films might be nervous of vigilantism, since it was often focused on their communities. Bronsan was in fantastic shape for most of his life, i think he would give a good hiding to your average burlgar.

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