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Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)

2 Ratings: 4.0
Action & Adventure movie directed by J. Lee Thompson

The streets are filled with death and destruction. Ruthless drug traffickers prey upon the poor, the lonely, the helpless. L.A. is a city desperate for deliverance until now! Charles Bronson returns as Paul Kersey, the original urban vigilante and one-man … see full wiki

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Director: J. Lee Thompson
1 review about Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)

Bronson: The answer to the war on drugs

  • Feb 2, 2009
After the World War 4 that was Death Wish 3, one can only imagine what would be on tap for Death Wish 4. One might be pondering if Death Wish 3 was World War 4, what happened to World War 3? Death Wish 3 was so violent that it was World War 3 and 4.

As for "Death Wish 4: The Crackdown" this movie finds Paul Kersey (Bronson) in Los Angeles, the prior film took place in New York. Paul is now involved with his girlfriend, a news reporter, and appears to be living a good life. This moment doesn't last too long when his girlfriend's daughter Erica dies of a crack-cocaine overdose.

Now this being a Death Wish movie and this movie featuring Charles Bronson, you can only imagine where things go from here. Kersey/Bronson finds the drug pusher who gave Erica the smack and blows him away. Then a day later a morning father who lost his daughter to drug use approaches Kersey/Bronson about wiping out all the drug dealers/pushers in L.A. After some short consideration, Kersey/Bronson is back to his old tricks fighting the scum of the world.

I found Death Wish 4 to be vintage Bronson and doesn't fail providing plenty of action and one liners. There is a scene where Kersey/Bronson is caught breaking and entering in a drug lord's home (who also happens to be a baritone, go figure). When the drug lord asks why Kersey/Bronson is there he replies "I was making a sandwich". I love this stuff!!

This movie also provided some twits that were sort of surprising for a Death Wish flick. Another thing I like about this "low" budget movie is that the special effects look better than many movies made today. Mainly because cars are really flipped over, buildings are really blown up; you won't see any CGI here!!! As for the acting, at a core level it isn't really any worse or better than what is offered in modern movies.

As always Bronson delivers an amazing performance as Paul Kersey, the angel of death. The only feature on the DVD is the trailer/preview for DW4. It would be nice if the DVD had a little more meat on it, but at least this movie has been put on DVD. So if you ever walk into your house and see Bronson making a sandwich let's just hope it isn't a knuckle.

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