REVIEW: Death Wish 5: The Face Of Death - ManlyMovie

REVIEW: Death Wish 5: The Face Of Death


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*Spoiler Alert*

At an upscale fashion show, lithe models in a state of undress hurriedly prepare for the runway.  Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) ex-vigilante now architecture professor is in attendance.  He’s there to support his fiancé, glamorous fashion designer, Olivia Regent (Lesley Anne-Down).  Also attending is Olivia’s gangster ex-husband, racist scumbag Tommy O’Shea (Michael Parks).  O’Shea has infiltrated every aspect of his ex-wife’s fashion empire and are using the company as a front for money laundering.

When O’Shea threatens and injures some of Olivia’s employees, Kersey convinces her to speak with the District Attorney.  However there is a mole in the attorney’s office and word that Olivia is cooperating with law enforcement leaks.   O’Shea is furious and hires an assassin to horrifically disfigure Olivia’s face and ultimately kill her.  Faced with the utter failure of the legal system, Kersey takes on the mantle of vigilante for the final time.

Death Wish 5: The Face of Death has all the atmosphere of a low-budget mid-90s Canadian TV show episode.   Artlessly filmed and edited, director Allan A. Goldstein is unable to deliver a kinetic action film.  Despite these faults, the always watchable Bronson retains his commanding presence, overshadowing the amateurish actors surrounding him.

The movie also lacks the unintentional hilarity and guilty pleasure exploitation factor of Death Wish 3 and Death Wish 4.  Nevertheless, there are some highlights, namely the creative and occasionally gruesome ways Kersey murders O’Shea’s gang.  This includes poisoning, remote-controlled explosions, a grinding machine and a literal pit of acid.  Finally, there is an excellent final shot in the movie that also serves as a fitting coda for Bronson’s career.  In this last scene, Bronson walks away from the camera, towards an exit door, his entire body silhouetted in luminescent blue and white light.

Death Wish 5: The Face of Death is recommended for hard-core fans of Charles Bronson and is a much better film that the thoroughly awful and cheap-looking, Family of Cops movies, which were Bronson’s final acting roles.



  1. Jimmy Smith

    November 25, 2016 at 5:48 am

  2. Mucho Macho

    November 25, 2016 at 6:44 am

    If you wanted to get raped, assaulted, mugged, robbed , stabbed, strangled , disfigured, beheaded, killed, murdered or destroyed …
    All you had to do was be-friend Paul Kersey, cause that mother fucker brought bad luck to everyone he cared about.

    • ColonelBobi

      November 25, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      True that, he had worse luck than the love interest of Starsky & Hutch over the seasons!

      • jim

        November 25, 2016 at 2:33 pm

        His women were jinxed. Imagine the insurance premiums on ’em. Even the woman behind the counter in his local shop wasn’t safe. Unlucky..

        • ColonelBobi

          November 25, 2016 at 5:30 pm

          Just off the top of my head I can remember one where Hutch’s girl turned out to be a high class hooker and got iced by pimp scum and another where Starsky’s was terminally ill. I hated those tearjerker episodes, they were a drag.

      • Mucho Macho

        November 25, 2016 at 4:45 pm


  3. Mucho Macho

    November 25, 2016 at 6:46 am

    The weakest entry of the series by far but still has some good qualities to it.
    Bronson no matter the movie to me was quite the watchable screen presence.
    They sure don’t make them like him no more.

  4. Mucho Macho

    November 25, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Good review.

  5. jim

    November 25, 2016 at 7:09 am

    They always stay too long. Kinjite should have been his last one.The last scene in that flic would have been a great send off. . How beautiful was Lesley Anne Down? She has kept her looks thanks to careful plastic surgery.

    • Mucho Macho

      November 25, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      An 80 something Bronson Was still manlier and better than the 25 year old Millennial pussies we get today.
      Besides the only one that could tell Bronson to stop was God and he did… the rest of us had no business telling the man anything other than “thank you”

  6. Serbius

    November 25, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Another entertaining review, as expected. Cheers!

  7. TheOldMcClane

    November 25, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    you can’t CGI stuff like this:

  8. Andymovieman

    November 25, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    I saw that and it’s as good as the other sequels. The only thing I had a problem with the original, was that he didn’t go after the people that killed his family, but other muggers on the street. If I were bronson, I’d have gone after jeff Goldblum and his gang after what he did to my wife and child and I wouldn’t rest until Goldblum and his guys are dead.

    • jim

      November 25, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      I feel the opposite. None of the sequels deserve Bronson. In the first movie he never does get the killers of his family…which somehow makes his vengeance more powerful . He is eliminating the right element, if not exactly the right people.

    • David Barber

      November 25, 2016 at 11:10 pm

      I agree. Goldblum and his gang should have been waxed but at least in DW2, he got revenge on that gang who attacked his housekeeper and daughter.