Thursday, June 13, 2024

Bruce Willis “Death Wish” Remake, Postponed from Last November, Scores a 15 with Critics, Fans Wonder What’s Wrong with Star?


Bruce Willis’s zonked out appearance this week on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight show made fans on social media wonder– is he on painkillers? Why is he so mellow? What’s happened to the glib, funny, cocky Willis? It was the actor’s one promo shot for his remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson thriller killer “Death Wish.”

Reviews for the film were embargoed until Thursday night. When they finally spilled forth, “Death Wish” got a 15 rating. Every regular reviewer hated it. The New York Post said: “Willis, who was once a formidable action star, is performing “Die Hard With an Ambien” as he exhibits zero emotion and mutters under his breath like an accountant who’s upset with his boss.”

“Death Wish” was supposed to be released last November but was pulled after the Las Vegas mass shooting. Last week’s Parkland mass shooting was only 17 dead vs. 59 dead, so MGM figured it was alright to release a movie about a guy who goes around killing people.

“Death Wish” will be eaten alive by the third weekend of “Black Panther” and some box office for “Red Sparrow.” Willis’s last official movie, “Extraction,” made $16,775 so “Death Wish” can only go up from there. On Fallon, Willis made some reference to a possible 6th “Die Hard” movie, but I wouldn’t hold your breath. It is extremely unlikely.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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