Actor Bruce Willis has amassed decades of cinema with many an action movie and blockbuster. The obvious Die Hard franchise comes to mind among his listed film credits of well over one hundred in his lifetime, and now he’s back and ready to add to that legacy with another potential starter in Eli Roth’s latest treatment of MGM classic Charles Bronson revenge saga, Death Wish.
Efforts to revive the title have come and gone over the past decade or so with a revolving door of stars and directors. Roth (Hostel, Hostel: Part 2, The Green Inferno) has since taken his seat in the director’s chair and thrown in a few changes added for a more realistic perception, setting Willis in the mix as the salty, stoic vigilante, Paul Kersey, whose peaceful family life is turned upside down following a violent home invasion, forcing him to seek his own bend on justice.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents director Eli Roth’s reimagining of the classic 1974 revenge thriller DEATH WISH. Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of Chicago violence when it is 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 his family’s assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media’s attention, the city wonders if this deadly vigilante is a guardian angel or a grim reaper. Fury and fate collide in the intense, action-thriller DEATH WISH.
The first official teaser trailer is out this week following exclusive coverage at Yahoo! where Roth discusses his own drive to revive Willis’s action movie heyday glory, and with a film he hopes to match that of movies like A History Of Violence, Sicario, Eastern Promises, Unforgiven and Taken. It’s quite a list of examples and standards to operate by and says a lot about Roth’s ambitions here… but the trailer is here to speak for itself and it touts those ambitions nicely so far with radio host Sway Calloway setting the tone thusly.
Check it out below ahead of the film’s November 22 release from APR.
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