Title – A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
Director – John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines)
Cast – Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Plot – Everyone’s favourite grizzled cop who is defiantly too old for this John Mclane (Willis) finds himself in the motherland of Russia to help his estranged CIA employed son Jack (Courtney) get out of a sticky situation involving Komarov (Koch), a bunch of mean looking Russians and a trip to Chernobyl.
“Me and my boy here, we’re gonna put a whuppin’ on ya!”
Review by Eddie on 15/08/2013
I know the title and brand name is Die Hard but seriously can someone please kill off this franchise? I am an unabashed fan of the Die Hard series (partaking in a 4 film in one night marathon at one point in my life) even Die Hard 4.0 was a decent entry into the canon in my opinion yet here we are at film number 5 and I wish I could erase this monstrosity from my memory. Die Hard has become nothing more than a shaky cam, CGI riddled run of the mill action flick that loses all things which made the brand the popular franchise it is or perhaps was.
First things first – Bruce Willis what are you doing? The man that inspired wife beaters the world over in 1988 with the first Die Hard here looks like he is just waiting for the pay check to arrive. Willis’s performance here as his most memorable screen character McLane does nothing more than his roles in such forgettable fare as Red, GI. Joe Retaliation or any other countless cash grabbing role he has participated in in the previous years. It’s a sad thing to behold, a Mclane incarnation that you can’t root for, a Mclane you don’t want to cheer on as he dispatches baddies one foe at a time. John Moore has made Die Hard a bargain basement worthy action flick, a movie in which you’re expecting Nicolas Cage to appear in at any moment.
One thing you expect from a Die Hard is fantastic action set pieces and there is hope in the first 30 minutes that A Good Day will provide this. Moore put’s all his cats in one basket with the opening set piece centred around a car chase through the Russian streets, it’s an impressive 20 or so minutes but from there things just gradually and quickly get worse and worse, each set piece becoming more unbelieveable and random as they go. When the action in Die Hard is stale times are nearing an end.
If you have any love or affiliation for Die Hard as a series and as wonderful action classics please do not watch this movie. One can only hope that Bruce has enough sense to say enough is enough, although with money on the table it seems it would be a certain yes from the once great on screen warrior.
Half a carrot out of 5