Paul Kersey, the vigilante, now lives in LA with his daughter, who is still recovering from her attack. He also has a new woman in his life. One day while with them, Kersey is mugged by some punks, Kersey fights back, but they get away. The leader, wanting to get back at Kersey, goes to his house, but Kersey and his daughter Carol are not there. The muggers rape his housekeeper, and when Kersey and his daughter arrive, they knock him out and kidnap her. After they assault her, she leaps out of a window to her death. Kersey then grabs his gun and goes after them. When the LA authorities, deduce they have a vigilante, they decide to consult with New York, who had their vigilante problem. Now the New York officials, knowing that Kersey lives in LA, fears that he's back to his old habit. Fearing that Kersey, when caught will reveal that they let him go instead of prosecuting him send Inspector Ochoa to make sure that doesn't happen.Written by
Charles Bronson reunites with director Michael Winner in this highly controversial sequel that sees poor Paul Kersey in L.A, and once again the target of degenerate muggers/gangsters, who viciously attack his housekeeper and daughter Carol(again!) leading to their deaths. Enraged, Paul Kersey returns to his vigilante ways, bringing on the attentions of New York cop Frank O'Choa(Vincent Gardenia again) who is sent to stop Kersey, but ends up helping him instead...Jill Ireland plays his new girlfriend.
Sequel pulls no punches in the violence and assaults(too much so I would agree, difficult to watch) yet otherwise delivers the expected vigilante retribution in effective and stylish fashion, depicting the stark nature of the streets memorably. Rarely will a film deliver to its core audience exactly what it wants(Bronson killing criminals with no remorse or soul-searching.) Powerfully presented crowd-pleaser is not as well made as the first,(some of the dialogue is wooden) but remains a guilty pleasure for those who want to see satisfying vigilante drama with their favorite actor delivering it without mercy. The ending is marvelous, and a perfect coda for the mission/fate of Paul Kersey.
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