Monday, January 17, 2011

Death Wish 3 (1985)

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

The Good: Death Wish 3 has by far the most staggering body count of any of the films thus far examined in this project. While The Mechanic's record was holding steady at 21, DW3 torpedoes that record with violent fury. Only counting Bronson's kills, the total is 49. It became difficult to mark them on the pad and look up fast enough to catch the next one. Death Wish 3 is wild, unmitigated entertainment on a much larger scale than its predecessors but still feels genuinely rooted to the franchise.

The Bad: This is the first film in the series that feels more silly than gritty, but it manages to offset that with some unsettling, causeless violence at the hands of berserko street gangs that more or less run this section of New York. It's not technically good as the first two are, but it's as enjoyable for different reasons.

The Weird: The villain of the film, who is great in it by the way, is played by Gavan O'Herlihy. O'Herlihy is best known as Chuck Cunningham, the vanishing older brother of Richie Cunningham on TV's Happy Days. Apparently he climbed stairs in an innocuous episode and didn't come down until he was a coked up, homicidal gang leader in the 80s. Amazing!

Rating: 7/10 Atkins

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