This interestingly timed movie gets 3 Icees out of 5. The idea to remake the 1974 classic Charles Bronson movie was one thing. Yeah, I could see someone saying that with franchises like The Expendables out there, this remake just might work. But now? With all the urban/suburban gun violence going around. This is when you decide to put this out? Actually, this was scheduled to come out last year right after the Las Vegas shooting but it was decided to push it back a few months (go figure). Well, I don’t take any of that kind of stuff into account when I watch or review movies, so with that in mind, here we go.
I honestly don’t remember the original when it came out. I mean c’mon, I was 9 years old. I remember watching it sometime later but one thing I didn’t remember was that there were FIVE movies in the franchise. Five! I don’t think we have to worry about that with this version.
Don’t get me wrong, the movie is decent enough for a watching, although I would recommend waiting until it comes out on Redbox or Vudu and renting it. I see that this is one of those movies where the professional critics on RottenTomatoes hate it (15%) but the audience loves it (85%). I fall somewhere inbetween. I mean, I enjoyed it, but it’s not something that I just can’t wait to own when it comes out on Blu-Ray.
Bruce Willis doesn’t play his normal macho scary self. He plays a doctor that is dealing with a loss. The best way I can describe his performance is genuine. He becomes tougher, but still not Die Hard tough. I actually think he does a good job as a surgeon turned vigilante. The others around him are serviceable in their roles (including Dean Norris in a sterotypical detective role) but nobody really stands out. This movie is 100% about Bruce.
The movie is full of violence (duh!) and some of it, especially one scene, is really graphic. Combine that with the language and it more than earns its R-rating. If you enjoy these types of movies, I think you’ll enjoy this one, but if you’re tired of hearing about people arming themselves for defense (or offense) then you might want to just skip on by.
There are no scenes during or after the credits.