Is the 'Death Wish' remake doomed? | The Tylt
The anticipated trailer for the "Death Wish" remake recently dropped, and fan reactions are mixed. While some think the reboot looks badass, with Bruce Willis in the lead, others say the film looks problematic and outdated. Critics argue that in a world of police violence, it's tone deaf to have a white male vigilante in a hoodie gunning down people of color and calling it justice. But skeptics also just don't like the idea of a reboot. Is "Death Wish" doomed? 🎥 🔫
Is the 'Death Wish' remake doomed?
Below is the synopsis of "Death Wish," per IMDB.
A mild-mannered father is transformed into a killing machine after his family is torn apart by a violent act.
Watch the trailer below, and determine whether or not you want to see it.
Some moviegoers are hyped for Willis and director Eli Roth's team up.
Roth told Yahoo Movies:
“We wanted to bring back that great, classic Bruce Willis we all know and love and just do a fun, badass update of a revered classic. I wanted to bring Bruce back to that 'Fifth Element,' 'Unbreakable,' 'Die Hard' glory and have him craft another iconic performance, and I really think he did it. I mean I really think this can be his Taken. The fun is watching him go crazy and watching someone slowly move the moral goal post.”
Just saw the Death Wish Trailer, very excited for it. Eli Roth's a great director and Willis is the perfect casting.— Michael Zimmelman (@MZimmel) August 3, 2017
Critics are blasting Eli for remaking "Death Wish" in today's socio-political climate. Many have pointed out the original film is also problematic for portraying young men of color as criminals and praising a middle-aged white man for taking justice into his own hands. It's 2017, and with the visibility around police violence and systemic racism, many are calling the film's premise outdated, a setback and culturally offensive.
Others are just tired of seeing classics rebooted.
Man, that DEATH WISH remake just looks like every flavour of bad. Eli Roth and Bruce Willis stuck in each other's career death spirals.— Andrew Todd (@mistertodd) August 3, 2017