Death Wish 2, carrying on the tradition of torturing Paul Kearsey. Paul is now living in LA and dating a british reporter that resembles Ashlee Simpson at 40 pre-nose job. His daughter is in a mental clinic, learning to come back to the real world.
On an outing, Paul decides to wait in line for ice cream while his daughter and girlfriend look at glass figurines. Some punks who are really just caricatures if anything else- with names like Stomper, Punkut, Nirvana, and Jiver (and I don't think they were ever called that in the movie itself!) to describe them visually I would call them Ogre from Revenge of the Nerds, a punk from Harold & Kumar that managed to time travel (a mullet like that will do that to you), and Laurence Fishburne. Yes, Laurence is sporting the fashion of the times, a Capone style gangter hat and hot pink shades that can only be dubbed as "futuristic from the 80s point of view." God, can you imagine if those visions of future fashions really did come true? :::shudder::
Oh wait, I went on a tangent. The hoodlums see Kersey as a mark (after he counts a wad of cash in public) and bump into him in line, harrass him, and he realizes they steal his wallet out of his pocket so he chases after them. He goes after one and beats the snot out of him in an alley but the guy does not have his wallet and Kersey walks back, claiming he forgot his wallet to his lady friend and daughter.
Cut to the home scene where the housekeeper is watching soap operas while making dinner. The punks bust in and we're reliving Death WIsh 1s pivotal scene- a graphic gang rape scene. I don't care who you are, even if the punks are almost cartoon-esque, this scene is uncomfortable and cringe worthy. Kersey drops off his girl friend and comes home with his daughter, the hoodlooms are waiting and beat him up. The housekeeper runs up with a phone and one of the guys smacks in the head with a crow bar, killing her. They panic and kidnap the daughter because "she's seen us! she can finger us all!" (forget the double entendre, it was the 80s).
The punks hole up in a warehouse and sit around like caged animals, eyeing the daughter up and down. When they get restless and go in for more rape, she panics, flees, jumps out a window and impales herself on a fence. You know, I really can't blame her- I would start going Kerrigan at that point (why?! why?) if that happened twice in my life.
This understandably stirs old emotions back up in Kersey, only in this movie he gets the people who actually did the harm (which is a good thing because I want closure, dammit!). First to go down is our mullet time traveler, right in the middle of a drug deal. The second is the jerk Kersey beat up in the alley previously (who gets wounded in the middle of ANOTHER attempted rape in a parking garage). The police at this point start suspecting off the start "It's a vigilante! New York had one! Get them on the line and see how they dealt with it!."
NY sends the old detective back to LA for damage control, they bureaucrats don't want anyone to find out that they only asked Kersey to stop, they didn't actually stop him. So the detective flies out, only this time, it's personal... (ok, bad joke). The detective squeals to Kersey's g/f (did I mention she's pro criminal rehabilitation)?
Long story short, cop gets shot as Kersey is stalking Laurence Fishburne to an arms deal. A pimp ride gets blown up. Kersey attacks "Ogre" in a mental ward, his girlfriend turned fiancee dumps him, and his daughter is still dead.
I still like it, especially if you pay attention to the background scenes (Kersey walking the streets at night and a random pimp shaking a lady in the camera foreground) but the Death Wish series continues as a display of human psychology in extreme retaliation to wrongs, as well as the collective human spirit towards eye for an eye justice.
So far Deathwish is establishing 'rapist' as a springboard career move, if you take into account Jeff Goldblum from DW1 and Laurence Fishburne in this one.
In summary, as a testament towards the one quote that represents this movie in my eye, the man who was saved by Kersey alongside his almost raped wife in the parking garage said it best when telling the cops to F-off the vigilante hunt, "Funny, from where I was standing he was a black guy with a red beard."