The original Death
Wish movie was released in 1974, but the 80's and 90's brought
Charles Bronson's brand of vigilante justice to us four more
times (1982,1985,1987, 1994). Due to the violent
and graphic nature of this film series, the movies
received mostly negative reviews, although the first
movie is the better liked of the series.
In all these movies,
Bronson plays New York City vigilante Paul Kersey, who, based on
various tragic circumstances beyond his control, takes
the law into his own hands. In the first movie,
thugs break into Paul's apartment when he is away.
Paul's wife is beaten and later dies, and his daughter
is raped and ends up in a cationic state. Paul
goes about the business of finding these thugs, killing
other street criminals along the way. He becomes a
hero. In the end, he does not find the killers,
and is eventually forced to move away.
The rest of the movies continue to follow
Paul's life. In Chicago (Death Wish II), Paul and
his daughter have moved to Los Angeles, and bad things
continue to happen. In L.A., a group of muggers
end up killing his daughter, and Paul decides to
re-start his life as a vigilante, this time killing the
muggers in the end. The rest of the Death Wish
movies are essentially variations of the same theme.
People that Paul care about are murdered by criminals,
and Paul must set the record straight.