Film Preview: Death Wish (2018)

Page Revisions:

(August 13, 2017) Original
(January 7, 2018) New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#2-#3) / Updated Release Date (changed from 11/22/17)
(February 25, 2018) New Poster (#4)

Release Date:

November 22, 2017


From IMDb: “A mild-mannered father is transformed into a killing machine after his family is torn apart by a violent act.”

Poster Rating: D / C- / C / B-

Review: (#1) An utter waste of space with a bland color scheme. The corny human-I isn’t particularly clever or original.

(#2) Anything is an improvement over the prior poster, but not by much. The splatter design motif is just sloppy, distracting, and ugly. (#3) A little more splatter here, but it’s used almost as an antiquing tool, which is an interesting way to do it. Sure, it doesn’t do a very good job of selling the film as a Bruce Willis vehicle, but it’s interesting enough.

(#4) An homage to poster designs from long ago, this poster has some interesting and contrasting colors, but it doesn’t generally pop.

Trailer Rating: C / B

Review: (#1) Built on every boring trope we’ve seen countless times, this cheap revenge thriller. It being a remake makes it even less interesting.

(#2) The first trailer had a distinctly racist vibe to it, highlighting only the black criminals in the film. Having realized their mistake, hopefully, this trailer does a better job of highlighting the primary criminals as white and setting this up as more of a husband’s revenge drama than an anti-crime drama, though there will be some of that for certain.

Oscar Prospects:


Trailer #1


Poster #1Poster #2Poster #3

Poster #4

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