Death Kiss, Vengeance Template, A Copy Of Action Cult Classic
Death Kiss Film Details
Director: Rene Perez
Writer: Rene Perez
Release Date: October 2nd, 2018
Release Format: VOD
MPAA Rating: n/a
Running Time: 1h 27min
Social Networking: Facebook
A vigilante with a mysterious past moves into a city that has been infested with crime and terror. He then takes the law into his own hands so that he could save and protect a young mother and her child.
Actions films of yesteryear had central concepts of revenge and deception, elements traced to works released today. With classic Action cinema, beneath the bullets, fisticuffs and car chases are the ethnic stereotypes and Caucasians glorified as heroes. A dramatic evolution of this genre has shifted over the years the include compelling context and diversity.
The Death Wish franchise is a popular cinematic addition to Action cinema. The first installment released in 1974 with Michael Winner as director and starred the late Charles Bronson as the protagonist. As a longtime New York City resident setting Death Wish on the pedestal were infusions of true-to-life scenarios, crime. Bronson’s portrait despite other Action films did not brandish large biceps or fighting skills. The common everyday persona of the protagonist is relatable. Eli Roth‘s 2018 reboot misses the mark, and this is due to the dramatic shift in crime rate and economic stature of New York City.
This brings us to Rene Perez’s rendition, homage, and regurgitation of Death Wish and classic Action cinema. Robert Bronzi stars as the protagonist, a role named as The Stranger Death Kiss is the second project reuniting Bronzi, an eerie doppelgänger of the late Charles Bronson and Director, Writer Rene Perez. Their first project is From Hell to the Wild West released in 2017.
Perez offers cinematic value by employing a retro aesthetic in visual, tone and direction. The interesting part of Death Kiss is the many production areas Perez spearheaded. This film becomes The Perez Show since he serves as director, writer, producer, cinematographer, and music composer. Overall, the set design and cinematography takes the limelight in this production. Each scene has a life of its own governed by individual characteristics. Although Action-oriented, the retro stylization presented on Death Kiss joins the resurging cinematic technique popular in the Horror genre.
Wheater a positive or negative perspective Death Kiss has generic essences that come across as predictable. The characters Perez created offer little advantages from being relatable. The lack of tone the protagonist allows the viewer to disconnect from an otherwise immersive story. Perez had a good idea on script form perhaps but Death Kiss has a first draft essence than a fleshed out design. The problem Perez allowed developing is the robotic nature of the protagonist. Also, African Americans are the stereotypical thugs in this scenario. To conclude, the antagonist has a limited backstory and lacks definition.
Death Kiss does not project itself as original nor does it redefine an otherwise deceased fragment of Action cinema. Vigilantism is a forgotten concept that did not work for Roth’s reboot and does not find adequate shelter in Perez’s model of Winner’s film.
The cast for Death Kiss has borderline entertainment quality. Taking into consideration the stylized approach intended, viewers will overlook the obvious B-Movie performances. The critique does not allude to a sense of subpar acts but the missing on-screen chemistry between rivals and/or love interests. The connection between the fictional entities felt empty with dialogue stemming from a table reading rather than emotional expression.
Death Kiss treks on familiar terrain with its generic storyline and emotionless characters. While the production value pays homage to a classic tone and aesthetic, it is the only foundation to which this film stands on. Death Kiss presents itself as a play-by-play expression based on an otherwise cult-classic vigilante film. Bronzi has a striking resemblance to Bronson but his performance is fraudulent against the late actor’s credits. To appreciate a compelling story-driven narrative with relatable characters and social commentary it is best to watch the original material Death Kiss finds a base on.