Weekly Mini-Review: Death Wish (1974)

Death Wish Screenshot

Note how this is shot to make the gun appear bigger than his head. Hyperbolic much?

Story: After hoodlums attack his wife and daughter, a man goes on a vigilante killing spree to reduce the number of violent criminals on the streets of New York.

Review: The first, and possibly the least gratuitously (and graphically) violent, of the Death Wish series of movies, this film was released just one year after the first Dirty Harry movie. As with the second Death Wish, it’s fairly good if you just skip over the first 15-20 minutes of the film. From then on, it’s just him running around shooting people and policemen trying to catch him.

Recommended for: Fans of Dirty Harry and other gritty, violent shoot ’em ups.

Content notes: (18+, VV, V L, X) – Very graphic and violent, lots of cussing. Not for kids.

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