1) The way the detective investigating the murder has a big bulletin board on his office wall, full of flyers and photos, helpfully labeled (in big, Sharpie lettering) “UNSOLVED CASES.” As any cop worth their salt will tell you, it’s good to put a few of those up around the office, just to put visitors at ease.
2) The fact that Dean Norris and Bruce Willis are in a movie together and it’s somehow not about long-estranged brothers putting aside their differences to save mom’s house.
3) How “everyone’s watching this viral video” of Willis’s heroics – when in fact, there are never viral videos of the so-called “good guys with guns” saving the day. Because that doesn’t happen. You know what we get viral videos of? Unarmed black people getting gunned down!
And that particular intersection of fact and fiction is what makes a Death Wish remake so troubling at this particular moment. It’s a right-wing fantasy of taking the law into one’s own hands; the trailer even includes Vincent D’onofrio imploring Willis, “You’re not a cop,” to which he responds, “Somebody has to do it,” which, sorry, is some straight-up George Zimmerman shit.
But hey, the screenplay adaptation is by Joe Carnahan, who did The Grey and Narc, so maybe there’s some real steak to this one, and the trailer is just selling the sizzle? Oh, wait. It’s directed by Eli Roth, the guy behind…. The Green Inferno. Never mind.
Death Wish is out March 2.