Gangsters have bullied and murdered a woman. Now they had better watch out, because her fiancée is none other than Paul Kersey and it’s time for Mr. Bronson to dispense some more swift justice!
While this entry in the Death Wish series doesn’t have the highest body count (see part 3 for that) and isn’t the most grim and gritty (see part 2), it is the most sadistic. You see, in previous films Bronson got his wrathful business done with his trusty sidearm but we get some variation in this one. Here he breaks out a marvelous assortment of deadly amusements such as the exploding soccer ball and poisoned pasta mentioned in other reviews all seen in graphic detail as they work their murderous magic. Add to that the stress on facial disfigurement and scenes involving torture by steam press, plastic wrapping machine, and radial saw and you have a new and wonderfully vicious formula for more Death Wish mayhem.
This is not the best in the series, but Bronson’s presence alone gives it distinction, and it manages to make the most of the obviously very limited budget. If you’re a fan of the series like me, you’ll enjoy it in all its unpleasant, uncompromising glory.