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Saturday, 2 August 2014

Death Wish (1974)

An average New York guy takes a stand by initiating a violent crusade of justice against the street thugs and muggers that terrorise good citizens. It sounds lame and clichéd when written down, but in the mid-70s this kind of thing was still pushing boundaries, and Death Wish pushed more than most.
Dir. Michael Winner doesn't shy away from showing the harsh realities of the world in which a walk in the park at night-time is a dicey activity. It's a measured transition from law-abiding office worker to law-breaking vigilante, fuelled by a malady that eats away at his moral fibre, not an instant, explosive, unrealistic Arnie flick. The film is a slow study.

3 evening strolls out of 5

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