Indeed, this Death Wish trailer could easily be mistaken for an unseen Die Hard sequel that's taken the quippy John McClane down a slightly darker path while maintaining a macabre levity. Eli Roth, best known for his work on the horror film Hostel, will direct. If the opening of the trailer is to be believed and this film actually wants to tackle the violence on the streets of Chicago today, making a shoot-em-up actioner where Bruce Willis violently murders bad guys for fun doesn't seem like the wisest of decisions.
That said, Willis was definitely an intriguing casting choice for director Eli Roth's upcoming reboot of Death Wish, the action franchise previously headlined by the late Charles Bronson.
Can Willis recapture his former cinematic glory, and do justice to the character of loving family man turned merciless vigilante Paul Kersey? It stars Willis as Dr. Paul Kersey, an emergency room surgeon in Chicago whose wife and college-age daughter are viciously attacked in their suburban home.
In the '74 "Death Wish", per Phillips, "the implicit and overt racism is pretty stunning and very much of its era. 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".
Directed by Newton native Eli Roth, "Death Wish" arrives in theaters on November 22. When the remake was in town back in September shooting for a few days (most of the film was shot in Montreal), Tribune film critic Michael Phillips wrote about "Death Wish" and its legacy.