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Total Crap65%

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Death Wish 4: The Crackdown
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by Slyder

"ÖAnd The Trend Goes On"
1 stars

Seriously, itís hard to understand why anyone would add more fuel to the fire of an already battered, butchered and trashed series. You canít feel any more pity for Charles Bronson in this film.

If youíve seen the first one and managed to withstand the utter monstrosity and stupidity of the other 2; you know what the plot is. This time it involves drug trafficking and money. The two warlords, whom were aparently responsible for the death of his friends daughter, get pitted against each other thanks to Kersey, and he rips them to shreds (Is it me, or am I hearing "Yojimbo ripoff" out of the corner of my ear? Anyone?), only to realize that he's being used to by yet another big shot who wants his own drug empire.

Itís predicable in everyway, and completely devoid of any entertainment.

Of course, as usual, the bad guys will always be stupid enough to get capped by Kersey's machine gun every time like in the warehouse shootout since they fail to realize how sneaky he is. Or be blown to bits like in the parking lot shootout where the main baddies think he's in the car when he's actually in the corner hiding, and then he takes his M203 and blasts them.

Itís dire, itís pitiful; it's Bronson trying to be Stallone and Schwarzenegger at a time where he should be heading for retirement. Heís trying to be a tough guy when his days as a tough guy are way behind him. Why? The guy is old, and worn out. Even a 12 year old kid could knock this fucker down. In fact, there's a scene where Kersey gets kicked in the ass by a big black dude in a hotel room, and yet Kersey, after being bounced around pretty badly, is able to fight him off in two moves and throw his ass out of the window and into his death. Did he just inject himself a steroid while we weren't watching?


Other than that, if Bronson and director J. Lee Thompson are trying to make an action parody, well, they are doing a pretty good job. You could take this film as a campy action wannabe comedy and youíll probably enjoy it. Especially when it comes to that moron of a cop who gets some sort of red mist after his dirty partner gets capped by Kersey (the idiot never of course realizes where the gun is hidden); I just had to laugh at how big a douchebag he makes himself out to be in the end; he and his dead partner.

Speaking of the ending, it's an absolute clunker, and unnecessarily over the top. But hey, at least it gives you the emotional satisfaction of seeing Mr. Kersey use a grenade rather than a bullet to cap the main bad guy, who by the way, spends the whole movie showing off his sly grin. Of course, that grin was more than enough for me (apart from other holes in the plot of course) to figure out that this was the guy that pulled the strings all along.

But seriously, to those who admire the first Death Wish, this whole thing itís just dreadful, much less, completely unnecessary. The surprising thing is finding that J. Lee Thompson was the guy that directed this movie. Incredible, from Guns Of Navarone to this turd. From hero to zero, J. Lee, you have no dignity.

In the end, this film is as crappy as the last three, and Iím pretty sure that only fans of bad film would find ANY enjoyment on this one. This movie is a shameful parody of the first one.

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User Comments

4/16/14 Jack This was a comedy, right? Because I laughed quite a bit. 1 stars
3/27/08 Tim Engaging story but cheap, contrived, and campy 2 stars
9/28/07 mr.mike watchable sequel 3 stars
7/21/06 JM Synth Corny but effective and entertaining 3 stars
5/26/04 Lance The lowest point in Bronson's career... 1 stars
12/06/03 john I'll even watch Bronson water the lawn- unfortunately this movie feels kind of like that 1 stars
11/11/03 douglas lacayo charles bronson blew me away 5 stars
8/09/03 Tusk Mantle Bronson's still got it! I wouldn't want to run into him in an alley! 5 stars
4/25/03 Sugarfoot There just aren't enough words to describe how inept this thing is. 1 stars
4/09/03 Andrew Eastenegger Fucking great films, you morons, Bronson films are great 5 stars
1/04/03 Jack Sommersby Sleazy, winning actioner. 3 stars
9/20/02 Charles Tatum Director Thompson: Guns of Navarone to this? Hack. 1 stars
1/15/01 Sklorsh How could they possibly make 4 of these trash movies 1 stars
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