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|Death Wish V The Face of Death|
Actors: Charles Bronson, Lesley-Anne Down, Michael Parks, Chuck Shamata, Kevin Lund
Director: Allan A. Goldstein
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Platform: DVD MOVIE Publisher: TRIMARK HOME VIDEO Packaging: DVD STYLE BOX Rating: RATING: R No judge. No jury. No appeals. No deals. After battling on the streets in cities from coast-to-coast vigilante Paul Kersey (C... more »
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Hugely Entertaining Bronson Romp
Jeffrey Leach | Omaha, NE USA | 11/10/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When Charles Bronson died recently, he left behind a body of work spanning four decades. One of his last film projects was an entry in a memorable franchise, the final installment of the "Death Wish" films. "Death Wish V: The Face of Death" marked the end of more than one era. Gone forever is the reliable low budget Bronson actioner that predominated the 1980s. I grew up on a steady diet of Chuck Bronson films, so paying homage to this enjoyable actor by watching this film was quite easy. It was a surprise to notice that one member of the Golan-Globus team that ran Cannon films in the 1980s produced "Death Wish V," giving the movie even more of a nostalgic feel. The "Death Wish" series introduced America to Paul Kersey, an architect by trade who, through a series of unfortunate and violent circumstances, sought bloody revenge on criminals who murdered his family. The first film did wonderfully at the box office, providing a measure of vicarious thrill for a population weary of rampant crime on the streets of America. Then the series got ridiculous as Kersey literally became a death wish for anybody who associated with him. In each subsequent film, a girlfriend or soon to be wife bought the big one, inspiring the architect to hit the streets one more time in search of retribution. This guy lost more people close to him because of criminals than would ever be possible, but such is the dangerous world of filmmaking.In "Death Wish V," Kersey, now in the witness protection program after his last outbreak of bloody violence, again decides to look for a wife. He finds one in Olivia Regent, a one time model who now runs her own fashion studio. Even better, Olivia has a young daughter who thinks the world of Paul and eagerly wants her mother to marry him. The only obstacle to this happy union is Olivia's ex-husband, a brutal Irish gangster named Tommy O'Shea, a guy who persists in harassing his ex-wife because he has a stake in her business. He also wants his daughter back and will do almost anything to achieve this goal. When O'Shea isn't terrorizing his family, he spends his time shaking down other businesses in the garment district. Oh, and just so we know this guy is a big time baddie, the film makes sure to let us know that O'Shea is also a racist. Within minutes Paul and Tommy exchange a few words, and we just know that Kersey will go after this guy. After a goon roughs up Olivia and murders her factory manager, Kersey quickly realizes that his complaints to the authorities fall on deaf ears. Both the police and the D.A.'s office say they can do nothing because no one will testify against the nasty O'Shea. In fact, they tell Paul that they have been on this criminal's tail for some sixteen years without success. The architect's rage knows no bounds when Olivia dies in a shoot out and her daughter ends up in the custody of her gangster father. Out comes the gun and Kersey is off on yet another bloody crusade against street predators.Bronson looks surprisingly fit for a man well into his seventies. While I didn't buy some of the antics he took part in, the filmmakers wisely decided to minimize any physical confrontations between Kersey and O'Shea's goons. Instead, the revenge killings that take place involve some cyanide, a soccer ball filled with explosives (which works well as an idea and leads to a cool "guy on fire" scene), and your typical final showdown with plenty of gunfire and explosions. Some of the deaths are unintentionally funny, such as the factory worker soaring through a storefront window and the acid bath at the end. Overall, "Death Wish V" delivers some satisfying screen violence that fits in well with the arc of the series overall. Special mention goes to the special effects technicians who punched up the sounds of the gunfire and explosions. Every time a gun goes off it sounds like a howitzer, and the explosions boomed out of my speakers in deafening peals. Expect to hear some classic Bronson lines as he delivers justice the only way he knows how. I roared with laughter over the soccer ball scene, especially when I noticed how Kersey smiles and laughs as the guy dies. Overdone, perhaps, but realistic if this is really a guy seeking revenge for the death of a loved one.The performances aren't too bad for this type of film. Bronson phones in his performance, which isn't surprising because he's played this character so many times. The guy who played Tommy O'Shea decided to imbue his character with a drollness as thick as an Irish brogue. Lesley-Anne Down doesn't do much as Olivia Regent, nor does the actress who plays her daughter. The various actors playing O'Shea's goons failed to stick in my memory five minutes after I watched this thing, but who cares, really? As long as Kersey blows 'em away by the end, I'm a happy camper. The violence is the real star of this movie anyway. Be sure and look for the familiar faces of Saul Rubinek as Tony Hoyle and Miguel Sandoval as his suspicious sidekick Hector. The DVD doesn't contain too much in the way of extras, but the picture looks good for such a fun, throwaway movie. You simply have to like a film that uses a poisoned pastry and a remote controlled toy to dispatch bad guys. You should also like a film that makes dandruff a major plot point. Perhaps Bronson deserved better projects for his final movie appearances, but I appreciated the fact that he made another one of these films. R.I.P., Charles Bronson."
Not your average Death Wish sequel.
Lunar Strain | United States | 02/09/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I love the first Death Wish sequels, but lets face it...they were trashy entertainment. They had little plot (basically shoot the hell out of scum), they portrayed unenthusiastic performances by supporting cast, they had characters that you didn't care about, silly love interests for Bronson, and paltry directing. All this is what actually made those films so much fun. You won't exactly get that with Death Wish 5. The filmmakers actually seem to have tried to make a decent film with this sequel. The villains seem to have more depth and there's actually a plot. It try's to develop characters you care about, though it doesn't quite succeed on some levels. What I found amazing is that Bronson's love interest is actually somewhat believeable, unlike in Death Wish 3 & 4 which it was more laughable. I actually found myself very surprised by this film, in a good way. You could say that Death Wish 5, should I dare say, is the best Death Wish sequel. Though I said best, it does not mean most entertaining. Death Wish 5 may have the most developed plot, better acting, and overall better filmmaking than its predecessors, but the first sequels are actually more entertaining. You can't beat the final shout-out in Death Wish 3 or the roller rink ending to Death Wish 4. That's pure entertainment! So in conclusion, Death Wish 5 is not your average Death Wish sequel. This could be a good or a bad thing. If you absolutely love the other Death Wish sequels and think they are the best films ever made; you may not like this one. But if you, like me, love the other Death Wish films for what they are and are able to accept change, then you will find Death Wish 5 to your much liking. TRIVIA: The original VHS release portrayed the title DEATH WISH V: THE FACE OF DEATH on the box art and in the film itself. The newer DVD release has the "V" removed from the title so now the film and box art portray DEATH WISH: THE FACE OF DEATH. Why Vidmark Entertainment removed the "V", we may never now."
Too Bad it had to be the last one
Thomas Lissner | Mount Vernon, Texas United States | 08/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Charles Bronson still at his best acting performance even at his age at the time of the taping. He is rock solid, cool, tough, and how we've always known him. There will never be one like him, I miss you Charlie. A must for any Bronson fan."
Creative deaths kept me laughing
Thomas Lissner | 04/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The way the bad guys are dispatched in this one is classic. Boy did they deserve it. The smile on Bronson's face...! I loved this series. Thanks for the fun Kersey."