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Death Wish 4: The Crapdown.
on 30 August 2014
Paul Kersey is happy away, his business is going well and he has a 'new' family on the go. Apart from the odd nightmares he seems to be relatively well adjusted back into normalcy. Happy day.
Then one fateful night, his 'new' teenage daughter suffers an evil drug overdose, causing Bronson to get a little upset and blow away her drug dealer ~ Personally I see it as Bronson's fault for even talking to another woman, let alone becoming the girls new father figure.. Hasn't he learnt anything from the previous 3 films? Surely he realises that if he's friends with/employs anyone (especially women) they're sure to die at the hands of lowlifes sooner or later!! ~ An action which brings about an offer from a wealthy businessman, who's aware of Bronson's vigilante hobby, and wants him to take his skills to the next level, by taking out the heads of organised crime families. Which of course with murder already in mind, is an irresistible offer that Bronson cannot refuse...
This 4th instalment in the vigilante series, I probably hadn't seen since the early 90s on VHS. Overall I was surprised by how good it was, compared to my memory of it, which wasn't very favourable.
Bronson gets some really good one liners, which he dispenses when wiping out the fairly rubbish fraternity of bad guys, much to I'm sure the amusement of fans other than just myself. And although it's certainly not as good as any of it's three predecessors (my favourite being #2), it is nonetheless action packed with some entertaining comic book violence.
Kay Lenz is always good to see, although she's not given enough to do here, and John P Ryan gives yet another bonkers but fun performance as Bronson's rich benefactor.
Of course this has a few drawbacks; the budget being fairly low I suspect (there are two poor explosions at least!), lousy cardboard cut out characters offering zero menace or believability, an unrealistic 'drugs are bad m'kay' motif, and a disappointing lack of mean spiritedness and vigilante darkness, but other than those quibbles it's a undeniably enjoyable entry, and certainly one that fans of vigilante movies should see.
I watched the US print but the UK disc is now also uncut (according to the BBFC website) I believe. Previously shorn by 6secs during the assault at the beginning.