Why Mr. Kersey? Why do you keep on trying to have a normal relationship with a woman when for twenty years now every woman you had an onscreen relationship with, save for the reporter in Death Wish 2, has been raped and/or murdered? Hooking up with you is a death sentence to these women and often also to their daughters. Yet you keep on getting romantically involved with women. You are a bad person Mr. Kersey. My advice to you would be to start living a secluded life, but I’m sure that even living remotely, deep within the woods you will come across people murdering the squirrel you feed every day leaving you to no other choice that to pick up a gun since the authorities have no grounds for prosecution.
The best scene of fourth entry in the seemingly never ending Death Wish series is right at the beginning. In a wonderfully shot scene full of suspense and mystery a young woman is raped by three men wearing panties in a parking garage when suddenly a man dressed in black appears from the shadows. When the rapists yell “who are you?” to the unknown assailant he slyly responds with “death” before unloading his gun on them. It’s Paul Kersey of course in a scene which turns out to be a dream sequence. Apparently all the years of vigilantism have taken a toll on Kersey who seems to have some issues with his previous occupation. Sadly this will be the only time the movie will delve into the psyche of Kersey as he’s running around killing drug dealers and drug lords for the remainder of the movie.
These past few years we have been given a bunch of Expendables movies and we were witnesses to Liam Neeson becoming an action star in his late 50s. What most of us don’t realize is that 30 years earlier the same thing happened with Charles Bronson. Bronson was a character actor who appeared in a lot of movies, but none of them were action flicks like we know them today. The original Death Wish was more a drama infused with a political message than a straight up action movie. It was raw and gritty like other movies with an urban setting released in the 70s. Serpico, Taxi Driver and even Rocky come to mind in terms of atmosphere and low-key approach to the material. When the low budget movie studio Cannon bought the rights to Death Wish they immediately started churning out sequels that were more exploitative and action oriented, making Charles Bronson an action star competing with names like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger for the box-office. The only difference being that Bronson was already in his sixties when he starred in a movie like Death Wish 3
One of the more original aspects of the iconic vigilante movie “Death Wish” was that the revenge-motivated Paul Kersey never actually went after the people responsible for murdering his wife and rendering his daughter catatonic. They kick-started his transformation from the soft liberal to the stone cold killer, but they never paid for their crimes. This is the most obvious change of the sequel Death Wish 2 in which Kersey goes directly after the men responsible for raping and murdering his housekeeper and daughter.
The tale of revenge is as old as story telling itself and never seems to grow stale. It’s an easy set-up for a solid movie if handled correctly and taps directly into our basic primal thoughts. Especially people living in countries where no man is guilty until proven otherwise, the sense of incompetence of the judicial system is one everybody is familiar with. The pedophile who abused a couple of kids but can’t be put in jail because there is no evidence is probably one of the most infuriating examples. It is because of these real life situations we can all relate to movies like Death Wish all though in reality we probably won’t go out on the street walking around with a loaded gun on our own waiting to be mugged like Paul Kersey does. Not even the guys who constantly post pictures on Facebook stating violent macho comments about what they will do to people who hurt their child or any other family member.
What would a year be without at least one movie by Keoni Waxman starring Steven Seagal? Since 2012 they have been making one movie per year, and with 2009’s The Keeper and A Dangerous Man this marks their sixth collaboration on a movie. I won’t be too surprised if 2016 would give us another collaboration. But first it’s 2015’s “Absolution”. There is something goofy going on with the title as varies from “Absolution” (the general title) to Mercenary Absolution (the title on DVD covers) and “The Mercenary: Absolution” which was the actual title on the opening credits. How hard is it to get at least the title straight?
Looking at the poster or various DVD covers that come up when searching Gutshot Straight on Google Images will probably raise the wrong expectations of this movie with most people. One might get the idea that this is a Steven Seagal movie with Vinnie Jones as the co-star based on the marketing materials, but these guys are only in a handful of scenes. The true star of Gutshot Straight is C.S.I. George Eads who plays a professional gambler named Jack living in Las Vegas. Down on his luck and in debt with loan shark Paulie Trunks (Seagal) he turns to wealthy Duffy (Stephen Lang) who offers him a job for a large amount of money. While reluctant at first, the financial pressure becomes too big, but once in bed with Duffy (almost quite literally by the way) he finds himself in a difficult spot.
Ever since Steven Seagal has been putting out DTV-movie after DTV-movie since 2002 I’ve been watching them as soon as they hit the shelves. The output was impressive in terms of quantity as every year at least two to three movies were released, most of them pretty terrible in terms of quality. It was obvious these movies were merely money-jobs as Seagal had his action and fight scenes done by stunt doubles and couldn’t even be bothered to record his own lines, so some of these movies had a totally different guy impersonating his voice. The last few years the massive flow of releases has halted as he has only released about one movie per year from 2010 to 2013. So I kind of forgot about good old Steven until earlier this year only to find out I’m three movies behind. So have some catching up to do starting with A Good Man.
It’s the second attempt to reboot the Terminator franchise after Terminator Salvation wasn’t the smash hit the studio hoped it would be. Apparently steering too far from the chase-movie concept the previous three movies had alienated audiences a tad too much. But where to go now, when everything that could have been told has been told? The obvious answer would be a reboot, but that would mean restarting a franchise with new faces while the original two movies are firmly beloved classics. That would also mean recasting the iconic part of the T-800 played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, which is the only consisting element holding these movies together even though he only had a CG-cameo in Terminator Salvation. Terminator Genisys tries to give the series a fresh direction to go in by toying with the timeline altering, which has been a great factor of the Terminator series since the very beginning.
In 18th century London the orphaned Fanny Hill, a young, pretty and extremely innocent woman is employed as a chambermaid for one Mrs. Brown. Mrs. Brown’s occupation is that of a madam as she’s running a brothel something which Fanny doesn’t realize due to her innocence. Mrs. Brown however has other plans for Fanny who is of course still a virgin and holds up morals like kissing should only be done on the cheek by a close acquaintance. Having a young virgin available for someone willing to pay top dollar, or in this case pound, is the main reason for her interest in taking Fanny in.