Death Wish 4: The Crackdown

Dir: J. Lee Thompson, 1987



The aging architect is back, fighting crime making sure that everyone he’s close to will get killed along the way.

Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) is happily in a relationship with Karen (Kay Lenz) and is a good provider to her daughter, Erica (Dana Barron).

But Erica dies of a cocaine overdose, so Kersey finds the people responsible and does what he does best.

Newspaper tycoon Nathan White (John P. Ryan) recruits Kersey to rid the streets of drug dealers and the empires that control it.

This is a really bad film. It falls into the “so bad, it’s good” category.

The acting is more wooden than ever and the special effects are laughable.

Michael Winner chose to depart the series after the third entry which was, probably, a wise move.

From Death Wish II onwards, the series took a comic book approach and, with each entry, descended further into farce.

Death Wish 4 is the ultimate in ridiculousness.

Rather than just be a vigilante, Kersey is a one man army, with an abundance of weapons at his disposal. We’re talking bombs disguised as wine bottles. Ludicrous.

The film cements Kersey’s status as the unluckiest man in the world. Everywhere he goes, someone he loves dies.

Incredibly cheap, this is Cannon’s third Death Wish film with the budget, considerably, smaller than the previous two and it shows.

The film tries to inject an element of Kersey having a conscience about his vigilantism. But they, quickly, do away with that in favour of people being killed.

Unrealistic dummies, toy guns and a stupid plot with an even more stupid twist, all come together to make an awful film but is still fun in its badness.


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