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Death Wish II (1982)

Preceded by: Death Wish (1974)
Succeeded by: Death Wish 3 (1985)

Director:
Michael Winner
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Action
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Death Wish II
RUNNING TIME
88 minutes
Producer:
Menahem Golan
Yoram Globus
Screenwriter:
David Engelbach


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Paul Kersey Charles Bronson
Geri Nichols Jill Ireland
Frank Ochoa Vincent Gardenia
New York District Attorney J.D. Cannon
Herman Baldwin Anthony Franciosa
Carol Kersey Robin Sherwood
Cutter Laurence Fishburne III
Donald Kay Charles Cyphers
Lt. Mankewicz Ben Frank
Elliot Cass Michael Prince
Charles Wilson / Nirvana Thomas F. Duffy
Stomper Kevyn Major Howard

 

Review

Wooden acting, a blatantly biased political agenda, and a series of corny cuts and compositions (especially a number of flashbacks) make this sequel to Death Wish an even more flawed film than the original. And to make things even more ludicrous, Paul Kersey suddenly finds himself bereaved of his loved ones once again - in the most brutal, senseless (and constructed) manner, by a crowd acting and looking like rabid dancers from a contemporary Michael Jackson music video. Needless to say, there aren't any real humans in this story, but the production team of Winner/Globus/Golan don't seem to need any, as long as they've got a handful of shootouts lined up. These offer real blood and some spastic dying, and after a while, the film's drive does get you somewhat caught up in Paul Kersey's one-eye worldview. If in the end you want all those punks dead, I guess you can say the film has succeeded. The abrasive score is by Led Zeppelin guitarst Jimmy Page.

Copyright 05.06.2013 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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