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Death Wish II is a 1982 American vigilante action film directed and co-edited by Michael Winner. It is the first of four sequels to the 1974 film Death Wish. It is the second installment in the Death Wish film series. In the story, architect Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) moves to Los Angeles with his daughter (Robin Sherwood). After his daughter is murdered at the hands of several gang members, Kersey once again chooses to become a vigilante. Unlike the original, in which he hunts down every criminal he encounters, Kersey only pursues his family's attackers. The sequel makes a complete breakaway from the Brian Garfield novels Death Wish and Death Sentence, redefining the Paul Kersey character. It was succeeded by Death Wish 3.

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Paul learns from one of Geri's colleagues that the police are preparing a tactical unit to capture Nirvana. He obtains a police scanner and, by monitoring police radio traffic, finds out when and where the arrest is going to take place. He drives to the location to kill him, but Nirvana, under the influence of PCP, slashes his arm and stabs a few officers while he tries to escape. Tried and found criminally insane, he is sent to a mental institution. Geri is writing a story about the case and capital punishment and takes Paul to the hospital to meet the doctor treating Nirvana. While there, Paul steals another doctor's white lab coat and identification card and uses it to enter the asylum and confront Nirvana. After repeatedly stabbing Paul with a shiv, Nirvana ends up plunging his arm into a high-voltage panel, which Paul turns on, fatally electrocuting him. Donald Kay, a sympathetic orderly at the hospital, recognizes Paul from the newspaper coverage of Carol's murder, and gives him three minutes to escape before he rings the alarm. Geri goes to Paul's house, where she finds out that he made a fake doctor's ID. Upon hearing a news report of Nirvana's death on the radio, she realizes that Paul really is the vigilante that Ochoa claimed him to be. She takes off her engagement ring and leaves him, with Paul arriving home moments later.

David Engelbach was then asked to write the screenplay. After he saw the final product, he was "somewhat appalled" how the film differed from his original script. His script didn't include any rape scenes, but those were included by Michael Winner to "get his rocks off". However, Engelbach argued that "serious issues - namely, the deteriorating state of our criminal justice system. The actions of the Bronson character are dictated by the inability of the police to prevent crime, the preoccupation of the courts with technical rather than real justice, and the cancerous climate of fear in which we find ourselves today. Paul Kersey is no hero. In his pursuit of vengeance he loses the only emotional relationship of his life and by story's end has become as much a victim of crime as the thugs he leaves dead in his wake".

Bronson was offered $1.5 million to reprise the role.[6] Jill Ireland was cast in the film because Bronson, her husband, insisted on it. She serves as both the love interest to Paul and the voice of opposition to the death penalty.[6] She was already offered a role in the film's predecessor, Death Wish (1974) but, Charles Bronson refused because he didn't want his wife humiliated and messed around with by the actors who played muggers. After she was hired for this film, Bronson wanted her character not to get raped or killed by the villains of the film. Cannon initially asked Golan to direct the film, but Bronson insisted on instead recruiting Michael Winner, the director of the original. Winner had suffered a downturn in his career since the mid-1970s, with no box-office hit since Death Wish. He agreed to return to the franchise and also took the initiative in revising Engelbach's script.[6] Winner recalled that De Laurentiis was having second thoughts about letting someone else produce the sequel and offered to hire him to do the film for his own production company. Winner refused, and De Laurentiis did not renege on his deal with Cannon. The producer, however, started work on a "clone" of the film. The final result was Fighting Back (1982).[6]

Vincent Canby of The New York Times said it was "even more foolish, more tacky, and more self-righteously inhumane than the 1974 melodrama off which it has been spun" and "so lethargic that it fails even to provoke outrage." He particularly criticized the way the film essentially repeats the plot of the original, the contrived incompetence of the police characters, and Jill Ireland's unconvincing performance.[14] Roger Ebert gave it zero stars, noting that he reserves this rating solely for those very few films that are both "artistically inept and morally repugnant." Citing the lethargic tone of the acting and directing, the lack of plot, the lifeless dialogue, and the weak action sequences, he concluded, "while the first film convinced me of Bronson's need for vengeance, this one is just a series of dumb killings."[15] Variety called it "every bit as revolting as... the original".[16]

What's most shocking about "Death Wish II" is the lack of artistry and skill in the filmmaking. The movie is underwritten and desperately underplotted, so that its witless action scenes alternate with lobotomized dialogue passages. The movie doesn't contain an ounce of life. It slinks onto the screen and squirms for a while, and is over.

In this film he is in Los Angeles because why not. While there he gets mugged by some punks who don't like an interaction with him so they decide to rape and murder his maid and daughter. So Kersey decides the five guys gotta die, and this time he's not waiting on the cops.

I have a special place in my heart for 80s action films especially those made famous by Cannon. Not long ago the Australian company Umbrella Entertainment sent of Death Wish 2 & 3 in a double feature blu set. I had never seen these films before and used this as an opportunity to check out this classic series. Thank you Umbrella for sending this one my way!

The story for this one is more of the original film. We once again follow a gang who rape and murder leaving Kersey in an emotional spot. Very little in way of plot changes but we do get a little more in the way of murder which is perfect for the action and horror fan with a soft spot for exploitation.

**Spoiler Alert**The film once again follows Kersey who is visiting NYC to see an old war buddy. Right as Kersey enters the apartment building his friend is murdered by a gang. The police find him standing over the body and accuse him of doing it. They rough him up but eventually the inspector recognizes him. With crime on the rise in the city he lets Kersey go if he can help them clean up the city. Kersey settles into his old friends apartment and sets his sight on the gang responsible for the death of his friend.**Spoiler Alert**

It would be enormously misleading to call Eli Roth\u2019s Death Wish a remake of the controversial 1974 movie, about a mild-mannered man who becomes addicted to vigilante violence after the assault of his daughter and the murder of his wife. The original Death Wish was a serious drama that asked difficult questions about the personal and societal impact of violence. The new film is a shallow action thriller that decides, early on, that vigilante violence is awesome, and has few (if any) negative consequences.

They may have similar plots, but Eli Roth has changed the tone of Death Wish so much that for all intents and purposes it is no longer a remake of Death Wish. If anything, it\u2019s a remake of Death Wish 2, the first film in the franchise to completely miss the point by turning Charles Bronson\u2019s character into some kind of righteous avenging angel of death, instead of a mentally-ill murderer who happens to have a tragic backstory.

What follows is a mediocre action thriller, in which Paul Kersey exacts vigilante justice on criminals in his neighborhood and is then celebrated by the media - represented almost entirely by early morning radio DJs - for murdering criminals in the streets. Their debates about the morality of Paul Kersey\u2019s actions ultimately invite the audience to come to their own conclusions, which might have been reasonable if the movie didn\u2019t clearly side with Kersey in every way.

But even if you consider the new Death Wish in a vacuum, free from any thematic commentary, it\u2019s not a particularly good action movie. It\u2019s got an incredibly thin story that relies on total coincidences to move from one important plot point to another. Even its own justification for vigilante violence - that the cops aren\u2019t doing their jobs - falls apart when you realize that, if Paul Kersey had done his civic duty and told the cops about a clue that stumbles his way, they could have arrested the criminals who attacked his family and that conventional justice would have prevailed. As for the action sequences, the word \u201cmeh\u201d was invented for just this sort of situation. They are competently filmed but unremarkable.

Widescreen. Collects eight action-packed films. Death Wish II; Missing in Action; Missing in Action 2: The Beginning; Braddock: Missing in Action III; Cyborg; Invasion U.S.A.; Exterminator 2; and Ninja III: The Domination. Stars include Chuck Norris, Charles Bronson and Jean-Claude Van Damme. All Rated R. Over 12 hours on two DVDs.

And remember, this is pure and unadultered right-wing propaganda. There's no depth in it, just a message to everyone that EVERYTHING can be solved with a gun. That's also the charm with it, and the rough diamond in the shape of Bronson makes most things worth watching. As usual, in this very odd franchise, Paul Kersey's (Bronson of course) family is in danger. This time his maid gets raped and killed and his severely traumatized daughter kidnapped and then killed in a freak accident. Kersey the avenger wakes up without any hesitation - we never see Bronson mourn or even act really upset over the death of his beloved daughter. He just goes on with his life and kinda forgets the daughter and instead stalks and kills those who killed. 041b061a72


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