Death Wish debuted its first trailer back in August, with the promise it would arrive in theaters on Nov. 22. However, less than a week after the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting that left 58 people dead and 546 injured, the film’s release date was pushed back to March 2, 2018 — a decision that seemed to be driven by the fact that its story concerns a man who responds to a deadly assault on his family by taking justice into his own gun-toting hands. A remake of the 1974 original starring Charles Bronson (which spawned a host of ever-more-dubious sequels), the crime drama is directed by Eli Roth (Hostel) and headlined by Bruce Willis. And to get audiences back in the mood for its brand of aggro vigilante action, a new trailer has been released.
As made clear by the above promo, Willis finds a new lease on life by taking the lives of others in Death Wish, in which he plays a doctor, Paul Kersey, who decides to hunt down the men who killed his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and put his daughter (Camila Morrone) in the hospital. To that end, he dons a hoodie and arms himself with an enormous collection of pistols and machine guns — and also employs an assortment of other devices to get his dirty work done, such as using a tire jack to prop a car directly above one crook. The tone struck by this clip is one of righteous superhero fury, with Willis’s badass not only seeking vengeance against those who did him wrong but also protecting the innocent men, women, and children of his Chicago hometown.
Co-starring Vincent D’Onofrio and Mike Epps, Death Wish seems like a tricky proposition in this mass-shooting-wracked modern age, and we’ll know soon enough whether Roth and Willis have pulled off their remake when the film arrives in theaters.
Death Wish opens on March 2.
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