A remake of “Death Wish,” the popular 1974 film starring Charles Bronson, was released last year. In the original, Bronson plays a successful architect in New York who becomes a vigilante after street thugs break into his home, murder his wife, and put his daughter in a coma. The remake, starring Bruce Willis, flopped. Maybe moviegoers today just couldn’t relate to the depiction of a big city gripped by violent crime while politicians tell police to look the other way. That wasn’t a problem for audiences 45 years ago.
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