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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Review: DEATH WISH 2 (1982)


A sequel that is wholly unnecessary, DEATH WISH 2 is basically a poor rehash of the original with added sex and violence.

Charles Bronson returns as Paul Kersey, a well-known vigilante who was once a public sensation back in New York City. In this sequel, he is now settling down at Los Angeles and dating KABC news/radio reporter Geri Nichols (played by Bronson's real-life wife Jill Ireland). His catatonic daughter, Carol (Robin Sherwood) who was previously left traumatized after being brutally raped in the first movie, is starting to heal better and finally able to go home. But history repeats again when Paul's Spanish maid, Rosario (Silvana Gallardo) is brutally gang-raped by four crazy muggers -- Nirvana (Thomas Duffy), Stomper (Kevyn Major Howard), Jiver (Stuart K. Robinson), Cutter (Laurence Fishburne III -- yup, that Laurence Fishburne) and Punkcut (E. Lamont Johnson) -- after she was alone preparing dinner at home. When Paul and his daughter comes back home, they witness the incident and ended up being assaulted. Paul gets knocked out by the muggers, while Carol is held captive. Not surprisingly, Carol gets raped again, and this time she ends up dead after plummeting down from the building.

During this first 20 minutes, DEATH WISH 2 has certainly earned its high controversy mark for showcasing one of the most sickening rape/sex scenes ever made in mainstream Hollywood cinema. Unfortunately the movie immediately nosedives with subsequently simple-minded plot and lazy direction by returning director Michael Winner. Upon the heartbreaking news of Carol's death, Paul goes back to his old ways again -- by stalking down the four muggers and kill them one at a time. This time the pace is more deadening than the first movie, while the characters are as despicable as they can be. Even Bronson's Paul Kersey is reduced to an emotionless killing machine. It is as if the whole movie is clearly lack of artistic interest to make this at least worthwhile.

Despite being a yawner over the majority course of the movie, DEATH WISH 2 managed to become profitable at the box-office. Strictly for die-hard fans.

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