Monday, January 17, 2011

Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994)

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

The Good: Exactly one good kill. That's it.

The Bad: Death Wish V was so bad it made me angry. Death Wish was on track to be one of the most comprehensively entertaining franchises I had ever seen...and then this film had the audacity to go ahead and exist. The script is a joke, the acting is horrible throughout, and where DW4 felt slightly estranged from the original concept, the fifth installment feels 100% divorced from it. Bland, slapped-together, and irreconcilably tainted by the goddamn 90s, Death Wish V (which switches to Roman numerals for some damn fool reason) is the black sheep of the Death Wish series.

The Weird: Open vats of acid in textile factory...real, or complete bullshit plot device? I vote the latter. Oh, and how cheap was this production that the actors are wearing each other's clothes from one day to the next? It's true, in one scene Miguel Sandoval is wearing the exact suit Michael Parks wore earlier in the film.

Rating: 1/10 Atkins

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