Robert Wm. Gomez's

Death Wish

Rating: 
9

I can't believe I went through the 80's without ever seeing this movie or any of its sequels. Charles Bronson is great from the get go when we see him luxuriating on the beach in a Speedo, to scenes of him doing architecture stuff with big old man glasses, and then to the scenes of him blowing away dirtbags and street scum. I was never quite sure if the film is intended to be a darkly critical characterization of law and order conservatism or just a straight up revenge film where you are supposed to root for the anti-hero. That final frame of the movie is one of the most pitch perfect ways this movie could have ended and is the reason I walked away from this movie loving it.