Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)

It is extremely hard to tell at this point whether the writers were trying to strike while the iron was hot, or they were gasping at straws to keep a franchise going. Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) was once a vigilante, one who sought revenge for innocence, the guy who risked his life to catch the bad guys of the world when the cops didn’t do anything. Now that his killing days are over, Paul is trying to live a quiet life until the daughter of his girlfriend gets heavily involved into drugs. Drug kingpins then hire Paul to wipe our drug dealers all over Los Angeles. Honestly don’t know what to say about this movie, because it’s the first time the character is hired to kill people. Of course a double cross is bound to happen, it’s just the action in the movie was far less messy than the third one, and the motives for the character is just not the same. All around, this story is so far removed from the original premise, you have to wonder why it was even made. The first two movies were good with solid writing and good acting. By this point, the last two installments really drove the franchise off the cliff and pushed many people away. It would be hard to watch this movie and convince someone who the first one was so good, they just wouldn’t believe you. 3/10 


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