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Directed by: Allan A. Goldstein
Starring: Charles Bronson, Lesley-Anne Down, Robert Joy, Kevin Lund, Kenneth Welsh, Erica Fairfield, Chuck Shamata, Miguel Sandoval, Saul Rubinek, and Michael Parks
It seems things are finally going right for Paul Kersey (Bronson). Far
from his past troubles, he’s now in the witness protection program,
assuming the pseudonym Paul Stuart and the role of architecture
professor. He’s engaged to the lovely and successful fashion designer
Olivia Regent (Down), and enjoys a great relationship with her young
daughter Chelsea (Fairfield). But, once again, problems arise as
super-evil gangster Tommy O’Shea (Parks) and his gang of thugs want
control of the fashion house, and, oddly, Tommy is Chelsea’s father and
wants to take her away. After several events push him to the breaking
point, Kersey dispenses his own brand of justice on the bad guys.
by his relationship with Lesley-Anne Down, Paul Kersey’s still “got
it”, even at his advanced age. Because the movie is a series
of murders surrounding a fashion house, it is reminiscent of the Mario
Bava classic Blood and Black Lace (1964). Interestingly, neither in the opening
credits or the movie’s trailer is the number five or “V” shown. It
simply says “Death Wish: The Face of Death”. The filmmakers were clearly
trying to distance themselves from the fact this series, like the
aforementioned Bronson, is also reaching an advanced age. Possibly
because of this, the filmmakers were forced to make the deaths more
creative, so it’s not just shooting all the time. Paul Kersey actually
wields that most sinister of all instruments of death: a remote-control
exploding soccer ball. Because of this, Kersey’s antics are more
reminiscent of Kevin’s injury (or perhaps death)-inducing “pranks” in
the Home Alone series.
Luckily, however, the movie has a really
good pace and is entertaining, so it goes by in a flash. Helping that is
Michael Parks as O’Shea, who
resembles Adam West, and his goons, such as Chicki (Lund) and all the
other baddies who all let out silly yells during the action scenes.
Adding to the silly factor, besides some of the deaths and yelling, is
the fact that it is Canada masquerading as New York.
trying for low key, but some of the more ridiculous deaths go against
that. We noticed some abrupt cutting during some of the death scenes -
we’re not sure, but there is a chance the U.S. DVD is cut.
despite some of its sillier elements, Death Wish V: The Face of Death is
actually a briskly-paced movie with some pleasantly-familiar faces, and
of course it has a strong pro-revenge philosophy behind it. It’s good
stuff, especially if you’re in a mood that is leaning towards the more
cartoonish side of things.
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