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December 28, 2017
How in the world did the Death Wish franchise last for four movies? How did anyone with a brain figure that the story of vigilante Paul Kersey could simply linger for over a decade? It's a bafflement and yet, in the first weekend of November, 1987, Cannon Films managed to release Death Wish 4: The Crackdown and it somehow wasn't the last of this limping, moronic, gun crazy, alpha male fantasy franchise.
½ December 24, 2016
Probably the best of the Golan/Globus Death Wish sequels, though that's not saying much. Bronson is on the loose again and this time he finds a rich benefactor, John P. Ryan, willing to finance his vigilante war on crime. Paul Kersey is less Rambo this time around and is actually shown doing this architect job a few times. What sets off Bronson's rampage to take down a major drug cartel is when his girlfriend's daughter dies of an overdose. Frequent Bronson collaborator J. Lee Thompson took over directing duties this time around and is probably the one gets credit for bringing the Death Wish series back somewhat closer to reality. Overall, this film isn't a classic but it is entertaining and worth watching if your'e a Charles Bronson fan.
September 18, 2016
Won't win any Oscars lol but this movie is like a can of Pringles, it's not good to eat it but once you pop you can't stop.
½ July 17, 2016
This movie doesn't really take off in terms of action; compare Robocop's raid on the cocaine factory to Paul Kersey's. Death Wish 4: The Crackdown is watchable, but forgettable; I was expecting more action, but it's too restrained. Charles Bronson is an amiable vigilante though.
January 13, 2016
Somewhat a step up from the third, overall, but still very much in the so bad it's good league.
½ January 11, 2016
What entertainment value that exists is deeply engulfed by tedious plot twists and misguided action.
½ September 13, 2015
As an 80s Bronson Movie, its average, but its low-budget, and
it has typical violent gun play, that you would expect.
½ June 3, 2015
Not as good as the previous films, now with J. Lee Thompson taking over as director for this one, which is more of a basic action film than a revenge flick.
In fact, the plot is more like the 2010 action film Machete, maybe this is an inspiration for that film?
April 26, 2015
That was a lot better than I remembered. That opening was kind of haunting. Thug killing machine Paul Kersey turns his attentions to drugs themselves in this one. Man, he can't catch a break...
March 11, 2015
Bagaceiro e meio desconjuntado. Mas dá pro gasto.
March 9, 2015
More of the same, except Bronson plans to wipe out drug dealers. Exceptionally cheap entry in this already embarrassing series.
March 2, 2015
A surprisingly unique entry in the franchise makes this yet another winner.
February 7, 2015
Death Wish 4 is the epitome of 1980's Canon film action cheese. It isn't exactly well crafted but it is entertaining and Bronson gives another one of his chiseled cool, calm, and collected tough guy performances. I have never seen a cinematic character endure more death and pain and barely shed a tear than Bronson's character in this series.
½ December 6, 2014
The late great Charles Bronson returns (albeit aged 65) in yet another Death Wish sequel.
Wherever his humble character from these films, Paul Kersey goes there is death.
Bronson seemed to release several 'vigilante/revenge' pictures at this stage of his career aided by a willing studio, Cannon.
The Cannon Group as they were in the 1980s released a glut of low to medium budget range action pictures that are just glorified TV films that often went straight to (VHS) video!
You have to feel some sympathy for the Kersey character. All his loved ones seem to be raped or murdered.
The effects of crack cocaine is the central theme of this episode. I say episode because some scenes play out like an episode of The A-Team.
Bronson then must have been the oldest actioner around. Very Harrison Ford age range now. Or Liam Neeson in the Taken franchise which seems to be going the same way as the Death Wish franchise.
The director is not Michael Winner but some other geezer.
A definate film to fill in 90 minutes when you have the TV remote to yourself.
December 4, 2014
Almost as great as the first one!
September 15, 2014
I own this on DVD in a five movie pack along with:
* Death Wish (1974)
* Death Wish II (1981)
* Death Wish III (1985)
* Death Wish V: The Face Of Death (1993)

and i also own it on Blu-Ray.
May 28, 2014
For me, this is the most entertaining movie since the original. Yes, the acting is questionable, and some of the effects are sub-par, but it's still somewhat engaging. There's actually an attempt here to do something different. Whereas the second film was a rehash of the first, and the third plummeted into complete fantasy, this installment at least throws in a plot twist and a mention of a relevant issue. However, bodies piling up is the name of the game so try not to think too deeply as the blood spatters your screen.
½ April 14, 2014
Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) is once again forced to become a vigilante after his girlfriend Karen Sheldonīs (Kay Lenz) daughter dies of a drug overdose. He is recruited by tabloid owner Nathan White (John P. Ryan) to take down various crime figures of the Los Angeles drug trade...

"Death Wish 4: The Crackdown" is the fourth installment in the Death Wish film series and it was directed by J. Lee Thompson. What can you say, this is a classic 80īs splatter violent B-action movie with some sort of social political agenda against drugs in America. The original idea from the first "Death Wish" has been so diluted here it has lost its flavour and the same goes for a stale and old Bronson. Bronsonīs Kersey makes so many hasty decisions in his hunt for the bad guys it makes no sense at all at times. And itīs so funny to see how every bloody action movie from the 80s used MAC 10s or mini UZIs, making "Death Wish 4: The Crackdown" no exception.
½ December 23, 2013
Tragedy strikes Paul Kersey again when his girlfriend's daughter overdoses on crack--producers give us just over 10 minutes to show Kersey's devotion to his new family before sending him on another killing spree. Two major drug operations are then wiped out with brutal efficiency. A clear anti-drug statement from the Golan-Globus/Cannon Group production team that will surely appeal to all walks of life.
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