New ‘Death Wish’ Trailer Still Fails to Read the Room

     January 3, 2018


MGM has released a new Death Wish trailer. Based off the 1974 Charles Bronson film of the same name, the movie stars Bruce Willis as Dr. Paul Kersey who decides to become a violent vigilante after his wife and daughter are the victims of a home invasion. His mission then expands as he meets more victims of violent crimes and takes matters into his own hands, probably because when he goes to see the police they have an unintentionally hilarious board reading “Unsolved Cases”.

There’s a specific audience that’s probably going to go nuts for this film, but it feels particularly icky considering our politics and cultural environment. Part of this trailer comes off like a white knight fantasy where a white guy gets to be a famous hero by killing off criminals, and the other part feels like an NRA ad where you get to be the “good guy with a gun” who’s actually nowhere to be found when a violent crime occurs. The fact that Kersey’s vigilante outfit is him wearing a hoodie seems particularly off when you consider that a white guy in a hoodie is apparently a hero while a person of color in a hoodie is deemed a threat. It appears that director Eli Roth just wants to create a piece of violent escapist fantasy but ignore all context.

Check out the Death Wish trailer below. The film opens March 2nd, and also stars Dean Norris, Camila Morrone, and Vincent D’Onofrio.

Here’s the official synopsis for Death Wish:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents director Eli Roth’s reimagining of the 1974 revenge thriller Death Wish. Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of his city’s violence as it’s rushed into his ER – until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts for his family’s assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media’s attention, the city wonders if this deadly avenger is a guardian angel…or a grim reaper. Fury and fate collide in the intense action-thriller Death Wish. MGM will release Death Wish nationwide on March 2, 2018.

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