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joeyb147
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Death Wish - Rotten Tomatoes Score 17%
Whew lad

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Perhaps you're idly wondering how this remake of a 1974 vigilante-justice Charles Bronson flick engages with its subject, and interrogates the original film's assumptions and, perhaps, recontextualizes its central ethos of "we white straight men are under attack and thus are so completely justified in slaughtering — ah, defending ourselves — with extreme (and literal) prejudice"?
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It arrives in theaters now, mere weeks after the latest mass shooting, and wants its audience simply to nod vigorously along with every hail of bullets, to cheer every mutilation. It asks nothing, and offers only the blanket assertion that feelings of masculine inadequacy — "The most important thing a man can do is protect his family, and I failed," Willis declaims — can be obviated ballistically.


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2018 is turning out to be a truly inclusive year for on-screen representation. “Black Panther” invited African-American audiences to see themselves in a massive superhero movie that wasn’t about their own oppression, “A Fantastic Woman” gave transgender women the chance to see themselves in an acclaimed film that wasn’t terribly retrograde, and now Eli Roth’s dangerously enjoyable “Death Wish” gives right-wing lunatics the opportunity to see themselves in a fascist fairy tale that wasn’t directed by Dinesh D’Souza.
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More than just a feature-length commercial for the NRA, “Death Wish” is such a masturbatory fantasy for modern conservatives because it suggests that every do-gooder Democrat is really just a Republican waiting to happen.
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It’s a hell of a transition, and it hilariously begins — to use proper 2018 parlance — with Paul being cucked (that is, emasculated in situations where no real emasculation is happening) by every other man he encounters. A well-tailored beta male who lives in an immaculate Evanston house with his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and their beaming teenage daughter (future celebrity Camila Morrone), Paul is cucked by an aggro dad at a high school soccer game, he’s cucked by the homeless guy who tries to wash the windshield of his nice sedan, and he’s even cucked by his own brother (a sweet but shifty Vincent D’Onofrio), who leeches money off him at every opportunity. We’re talking about a guy who’s such a pansy-ass little snowflake that he’s too busy performing “emergency medical procedures” to protect his family from the trio of masked criminals that break into his house during an expertly tense (and strangely tasteful?) sequence that leaves Paul’s wife dead and his daughter in a coma. Serves him right — a real man would obviously have boobytrapped his suburban home with grenades before going out for the night.
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Exaggerating its gang-related gun violence until the Windy City starts to resemble the war zone that Donald Trump so desperately wants it to be


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I’d have to think real hard to remember a film that could not get released at a more tone deaf time. With big name sponsors cutting ties with the NRA after yet another senseless mass shooting, Death Wish is a poorly timed rebuttal. And a pretty lousy one at that.
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In 2018, this is a reboot that seems out of touch with ongoing concerns. Instead of a brainless action film, it plays out more like a propaganda piece for those who value the right to buy machine guns over human lives.
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And the irony seems completely lost of a white guy wearing a hoodie gunning down minorities in Chicago being a terrible look. Maybe Willis was going with an Unbreakable shout out, but the hoodie has in a lot of ways come to be symbolic of Black Lives Matter and to see it so dismissively used in this context is uncomfortable. Conclusion: Death Wish comes off too tastelessly tone deaf to work as a revenge thriller.


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As subtle as an NRA recruitment video, and about as emotional, Eli Roth’s “Death Wish” is that horror filmmaker’s remake of a ’70s vigilante film that nobody was asking for. Bruce Willis, looking decrepit and acting like he gave his last damn a dozen years ago, stars in what plays like an old man’s movie for angry, emasculated and frightened old men.
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Because when you can’t make us feel a thing in delivering “Look what those animals did to my baby,” standing over his comatose college-bound daughter’s hospital bed, getting revenge with firearms is the only option. Roth lets the picture dawdle as the Joe Carnahan script parrots a tirade of Fox News “Chicago– City of Death” talking points, an aural assault of talk radio hosts decrying their city’s GUN violence problem (Never mentioning the GUN part, or where the guns come from — lax-gun-law Mike Penceland)
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Master of Sinanju
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re: Death Wish - Rotten Tomatoes Score 17%
Sounds awesome.


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Jester
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re: Death Wish - Rotten Tomatoes Score 17%
The movie certainly looks terrible and the original should have been left alone, but those reviews are so fricking pretentious, I may need to see it.


The Pirate King
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re: Death Wish - Rotten Tomatoes Score 17%
Those reviews are the perfect caricature of what is wrong with Hollywood.


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— can be obviated ballistically


When that critic was rereading his critique, that's the point when he came.
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Fewer Kilometers
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The movie certainly looks terrible and the original should have been left alone


The trailers make it look like your basic, light, revenge shoot-em-up, but the original was much more than that.


Thracken13
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With big name sponsors cutting ties with the NRA after yet another senseless mass shooting, Death Wish is a poorly timed rebuttal.


because i am sure they timed its release with a mass shooting.....i hate movie reviewers.

except you guys


elprez00
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re: Death Wish - Rotten Tomatoes Score 17%
Given the reaction of liberal Hollywood, I’ll be seeing this movie.


crispyUGA
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re: Death Wish - Rotten Tomatoes Score 17%
Just texted my buddies. Out of the 5 of us, 3 did not that this movie was even coming out and the other 2 of us didn't really have desire to see it. We're all going to a noon showing tomorrow.


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DanglingFury
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Reviews like those are why Trump won the election.


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Tactical1
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re: Death Wish - Rotten Tomatoes Score 17%
IGN describes a few scenes in detail, it sounds just as bad as it looks.



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VinegarStrokes
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re: Death Wish - Rotten Tomatoes Score 17%
Death Blow is a much better picture

Image: https://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/death-blow.jpg?quality=95
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1999
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re: Death Wish - Rotten Tomatoes Score 17%
i had no plans to see this film. after reading these reviews i am now in.


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DestrehanTiger
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re: Death Wish - Rotten Tomatoes Score 17%
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And the irony seems completely lost of a white guy wearing a hoodie gunning down minorities in Chicago being a terrible look. Maybe Willis was going with an Unbreakable shout out, but the hoodie has in a lot of ways come to be symbolic of Black Lives Matter and to see it so dismissively used in this context is uncomfortable. Conclusion: Death Wish comes off too tastelessly tone deaf to work as a revenge thriller.


Holy shite. It's offensive to wear a hoodie and shoot guns in a movie now.


MorbidTheClown
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re: Death Wish - Rotten Tomatoes Score 17%
i'll see it. just because i really like Bruce


lsutigersFTW
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re: Death Wish - Rotten Tomatoes Score 17%
Movie passed this last night. I feel like it could have been so much better, it was just badly directed. I enjoy watching senseless entertaining violence. That being said, this movie sucked.


Bustedsack
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re: Death Wish - Rotten Tomatoes Score 17%
Rotten Tomatoes is racist


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Brosef Stalin
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re: Death Wish - Rotten Tomatoes Score 17%
No doubt this movie is terrible and should be straight to dvd, but all the reviews talk about social impact and not the actual film making. Kinda like Black Panther.


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Cow Drogo
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re: Death Wish - Rotten Tomatoes Score 17%
Sounds awesome
I’m gonna see it now knowing the RT liberals hate it.
That means it will be enjoyable.


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mizzoubuckeyeiowa
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Critics have simply become fake news.

Part of the "resistance."

If I hear another critic write a review while using the words "inclusive", "diversity", "girl power", etc...

Just like the movie or don't like the movie. Reviews now are all political.


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