Neither I, nor any of us at The 405 Film are fans of the remake. Quite often, Hollywood remakes simply take what are sublimely good ideas for original films and jettison them for a new, usually horrible reboot of the films original idea — think of the 1998 color reboot of Psycho as the quintessential example of what I am talking about in the horrible, ill-conceived reboot.

Not all Hollywood reboots are terrible though. For instance, The Maltese Falcon (1941) is itself a reboot of the 1931 film of the same name and the 1936 reboot of the 1931 Falcon, titled Satan Met a Lady. The 1941 Falcon is undeniably better than its predecessors. De Palma’s Scarface (1983) is also a reboot of Howard Hawks’ 1932 Scarface — those two films are really comparing apples and oranges, while I prefer Hawks’ original, the 1983 Scarface isn’t horrible. On a side note, De Palma’s Scarface is also being remade for a 2018 release date. More about that in The 405 as we hear of it.

In more modern cinema, we have seen some really good remakes too: 2013’s remake of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead (1981) was pretty damn extraordinary on many fronts: Raimi himself was involved with the project.

You may add Michael Winner’s brutal but oddly introspective vigilante classic Death Wish (1974) to that remake list, with Eli Roth at the directorial helm and Bruce Willis bringing back the ultra-violent part of Paul Kersey (originally played by king of cool Charles Bronson) in the 2017 reboot, slated for a 22 November release in the United States, and also starring Vincent D’Onofrio, and Elisabeth Shue.

2017’s Death Wish also takes the following story arc: Dr. Paul Kersey is an experienced trauma surgeon, a man who has spent his life saving the lives of people on the verge of death. But when his wife is killed and his daughter rendered comatose after a brutal home invasion, Kersey uses his unique skills to become the vigilante killer nicknamed “The Grim Reaper.”

The trailer for the 2017 Death Wish is embedded below:

This has a number of differences from the original with Bronson: namely in the occupation of Kersey (he was an architect in the original). Most notably, however, the 2017 reimagining of Kersey looks a bit more trigger happy than his 1974 counterpart. It is for this reason and others that many are up-in-arms about a film that depicts an angry white man, seeking revenge with guns out on the streets, even going so far as to call the 2017 film “alt-right.”

This may be an exercise in hyperbolic speech: making a mountain out of a mole hill. It is only fair considering the calibre of the creatives involved with the reboot that they be heard out and given a chance, we may be shutting ourselves out of a decent remake if we stop the conversation too early. For sake of comparison, the 1974 Death Wish trailer is embedded below:

Personally, I will give this one a chance because I did like the original Death Wish, and because I do enjoy the work of the creatives involved.