I was wondering how they were going to make this work; after all, what made it work originally was that this vigilante stayed anonymous. Now in the day of cameras everywhere how can he stay a mystery man on the streets of Chicago? I think they did the best they could do: at one point he does say he avoided the cameras by looking down. The fact is this story-line always works because there is always something awful happening in the world, so when Kersey kills a drug dealer or a car jacker the audience cheers.
As the news and the talk radio folks start to talk about the Vigilante, the audience also gets to decide on how they feel about Kersey’s way of giving back to the community. If you take away the obvious commentary from this story you do get a fun revenge film. Thankfully Roth and screenwriter Joe Carnahan add humor where they can to keep the film from going really dark. They also take full advantage of Willis, who adds his own swagger in bringing Kersey to life.
Swanner: 3 stars