Death Wish 3 (1985) Charles Bronson, Deborah Raffin, Ed Lauter, Martin Balsam, Gavan O'Herlihy Movie Review

Death Wish 3 (1985)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Charles Bronson in Death Wish 3 (1985)

Charles Bronson is a Citizen on Patrol

Architect and part time vigilante Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) returns to New York and straight in to a barrel load of trouble when he arrives at a friends home to find him murdered just as the cops show up and arrest Paul for the murder. It seems that New York has been taken over by gangs and in particular one run by Fraker (Gavan O'Herlihy) who Paul has a run in with whilst in a holding cell. With corrupt cop Richard Shriker (Ed Lauter) unable to take on Fraker and his gang in the way he would like he decides to let Kersey out but only back into a post apocalyptic New York to take down Fraker and his gang in the way only he can with many of the locals happy to have Kersey now fighting their battles for them.

Who would have thought taking out the trash could be so entertaining but it certainly is when it comes to "Death Wish 3" a movie which is so ridiculous from start to finish that the only way you can describe it is trash. To put this movie in to context do you remember the gangs who caused trouble in one of the "Police Academy" movies forcing citizens to go on patrol, well I reckon the same gang appears in this they are that hilariously bad. From the marks they wear on their foreheads to Gavan O'Herlihy having a shaved line right down the centre of his head it is just ridiculous.

Gavan O'Herlihy in Death Wish 3 (1985)

But of course "Death Wish 3" is all about Charles Bronson returning not just as Kersey but Kersey the one man wrecking crew who is cooler than McClane, more ingenious than the Equalizer and a hero to all the civilians who can't fight their own corners. It is hilariously bad and you have to wonder what Charles Bronson was thinking when he received the script for this trash because that is what this is. But it is enjoyable for being so bad right down to the traps he builds to deal with the bad guys and the gleeful response of a sweet little old couple at one of the traps he installs in their home. Oh and lets not forget the arsenal of weapons which he ends up using.

What this all boils down to is that "Death Wish 3" is technically horrendously bad when compared to the previous movies yet when you accept this movie was made to be ridiculous be it the bad guys, the action or the dialogue it turns in to something shockingly entertaining.