OK, I've gotta admit, my mind tended to wander a bit during this
flick, but hey--my mind wandered like crazy during Titanic,
and that's a great movie, right? So draw your own conclusions.
Jeez, where to begin. Ya' know, the first Death Wish was
a really cool movie. All the others have been pretty damn bad.
This one opens with a woman entering a dark parking garage and
getting into her car, which of course won't start. She spots a
band of masked hoodlums standing nearby. As they move to commit
their evil deeds, Charles Bronson (350 years old but still kicking
ass) shows up and guns 'em all down. Then we find out it was all
a dream as Charlie wakes up all sweaty and upset. At work,
Chuck is visited by his girlfriend's teenage daughter, all freshly
scrubbed and powdered. This sweet 'n' wholesome gal visits the
amusement park with her boyfriend, and ... well, this is one of
those places where my mind wandered. The next thing I knew she
was dead of a big crack overdose. Chuck unholsters his gun and
goes on a short-lived kill-spree, then convinces his "journalist"
squeeze, Kay Lenz, to do an investigative piece on the drug problem.
Kay approaches the neighborhood dope peddler and then just sort
of disappears for about 75 minutes (much like Kurt Russell in
The Strongest Man in the World). Meanwhile, Chuck is hired
by a multi millionaire to instigate a war between rival druglords,
then we get a whole bunch of scenes where Charlie guns down bad
guys. The standout is when he kills a passel of bastards with
an exploding bottle of fine wine! Anyway, a whole bunch of other
crap happens, most of which made my eyes glaze over, then Kay
Lenz reappears, now the captive of an evil druglord. Some stuff
blows up, and there's an attempt at a "twist ending,"
but I dunno. Whatta ya gonna do? On the cool side, the millionaire
is played by John (It's Alive) Ryan, one of the bad guys
is the great Danny (From Dusk Till Dawn) Trejo ("Lowly
dogs!"), and if you don't blink you'll spot Scully and Mulder's
boss Mitch Pileggi as a warehouse guy. I don't know what the hell
was goin' on. (Media)
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