Monday, January 17, 2011

Death Wish 2 (1982)

1st View
Format: VHS
Venue: Rivendell (Bronsothon)

The Good: Actually manages to be, I wouldn't say better, but a more satisfying film than the first. It furthers the concept and expands the world of the first without doing anything that feels antithetical to the basic premise. The biggest advantage it has over the first is that Paul Kersey is actually tracking down and killing those directly responsible for his freshest batch of tragic misfortune rather than smiting random criminals.

The Bad: The detective character who allowed for Kersey's escape from New York, and prosecution, in the first film shows up in L.A. the minute a couple thugs get popped to let the LAPD know exactly who Kersey is and why he's the prime suspect. He then expresses no desire to be involved in the case. Then why did you fly all the way out to L.A. to give them a tip you could have easily provided over the phone?! And why have you suddenly decided you don't respect Kersey anymore only to once again switch allegiances at the end of this...CROSSEYED! 

The Weird: One of the muggers/rapists in this film is a very young Lawrence Fishburne.  

Rating: 7/10 Atkins

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