The ending of Death Wish explained
At its heart, Death Wish is a story of revenge, vigilante justice, and a peaceful man pushed to the edge. Bruce Willis plays Dr. Paul Kersey, a surgeon who forges a bloody trail of retribution after burglars put his daughter in a coma and his wife in the morgue. After his first vigilante act, the media labels him the Grim Reaper, a controversial hero who's cleaning up the streets of Chicago, one carjacker at a time.
What comes next is a fairly straightforward tale of revenge, with one bad guy after another falling before the unstoppable force that is Angry Bruce Willis. In a way, it feels like director Eli Roth's take on a superhero — no costumes, no inspirational catchphrases, just lots of blood and exploding heads.
While most of the movie progresses in a linear path, the ending of Death Wish left a few things up to interpretation. Here's what it all meant. Spoilers ahead.