The first trailer for Bruce Willis’ next major movie, Deathwish, has arrived online and fans are already divided.
A remake of the Charles Bronson classic of the same them, which told the story of an ordinary decent man who turns vigilante in an attempt to make amends after his wife and daughter are viciously attacked, this 2017 update Is being directed by Eli Roth.
Roth previously made his name on the Hostel movies and has something of a penchant for gruesome, bloody, action if his previous cinematic efforts are anything to go by.
The film is also being scripted by Joe Carnahan, who was previously involved in crime dramas like Narc and Smokin’ Aces as well as the recent A-Team remake.
It’s a trailer that has divided fans online, with some hailing it as a return to form for Brucey and others noting the movie’s rather iffy right-wing leanings.
Some were broadly positive:
This looks bloody epic! Can't wait to see it 👊🏻
Death Wish | Official Trailer – YouTube https://t.co/pFKNmiTdoa
— JONATHAN SOTHCOTT (@sothcott) August 3, 2017
Others felt like the trailer was a giant advert for guns:
Trailer for Eli Roth's Death Wish, possibly brought to you by the NRA https://t.co/9qRJjsGt4g
— Tom Grater (@tomsmovies) August 3, 2017
Some film critics were quick to condemn the project over the content:
Eli Roth's Death Wish remake is so nakedly fascist that alt-righters will have an erection before the trailer ends https://t.co/sDY5fQXR9W
— Alan Zilberman (@alanzilberman) August 3, 2017
While others focused on the potentially lethal combination of Roth and Willis:
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
A Death Wish remake starring Bruce Willis directed by Eli Roth sounds like someone tried to think of the worst combo of elements possible.
— Jay Bauman (@JayBauman1) August 3, 2017
Those claims seemed a little harsh, especially as Willis will be joined by a stellar supporting cast that includes Elizabeth Shue, Vincent D’Onofrio and Breaking Bad’s Dean Norris.
Others were simply left confused as to what some fans expected:
I'm really not sure what this guy was expecting from a fucking Death Wish remake. The premise is "guy kills lots of criminals for revenge."
— neontaster (@neontaster) August 3, 2017
— Bruce Porter, Jr. (@NetworksManager) August 3, 2017
Lexi Alexander, who directed Green Street and Punisher: War Zone also made a valid point:
Yes Death Wish was always racist…but that's the fucking point. Are we not going to point out something is racist because it's always been?
— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) August 3, 2017
While another fan highlighted how fans had already been served up a perfectly serviceable Death Wish remake, courtesy of James Wan:
Just a reminder that we already had a pretty good DEATH WISH remake: James Wan's DEATH SENTENCE pic.twitter.com/DBc1VITr1b
— Chris Evangelista (@cevangelista413) August 3, 2017
The film certainly looks violent, with the idea of a well-to-do surgeon dishing out justice by murdering blue-collar criminals and young gang members sounding a little suspect.
Ultimately, fans will have to wait until the movie comes out, in November, to find out.
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