Last week I watched the original Death Wish, which is currently streaming on Amazon. I may do a bigger write-up on it for Bleedingfool.com, but one of my big takeaways from the film is that it was uniquely suited to a specific time and place. While it may still have applicability in other settings, it cannot have the same impact.
This is because many of the questions the film raises about public order and personal vengeance have to a certain extent been answered since 1974.
People may speak of a "Great Reset" but it's devilishly difficult to get toothpaste back into the tube.
In a sense, it's like watching the original Red Dawn: that particular possible future is now impossible. The Soviet Union is gone. Perhaps the US will fall under some other form of foreign domination, but it won't be led by the Warsaw Pact.
People of every political persuasion are susceptible to appeals for a lost "golden age," and pushing policies that will get there, but there is no going back. Any push "forward to the past" has to acknowledge the changes in societal composition, moral values, and public expectations.
Back to Death Wish, one of the most interesting aspects of it was how much it cut against the cultural/political grain of the time. Hollywood was overwhelmingly liberal even in 1974. The studio system was in ruins and the Golden Age stars were fading into retirement or the grave.
Even so, there was a surprising diversity of voices seeking to spur discussion. I doubt such a strident film could be made today.