John McClane has found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the skills and attitude to always be the last man standing, making him enemy #1 for terrorists the world over. Now, McClane faces his greatest challenge ever, this time on an international stage, when his estranged son Jack is caught up in the daring pr...more
John McClane has found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the skills and attitude to always be the last man standing, making him enemy #1 for terrorists the world over. Now, McClane faces his greatest challenge ever, this time on an international stage, when his estranged son Jack is caught up in the daring prison escape of a rogue Russian leader, and father and son McClane must work together to keep each other alive and keep the world safe for democracy. less
“A Good Day to Die Hard is the weakest film in the Die Hard series. The action makes up for the bad scripting and thin characterization. One time watch for fans of action films.”
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The trailer blew me away but the movie for a lack of a better word simply blew. This is the kind of excuse of a movie made to milk the franchise for all it's worth. The Die Hard movies have never been Oscar worthy material but all have had the requisite elements to be immense fun, great action sequences and at times even better villains. This movie lacks the whole deal, it's just trying really hard to be a Die Hard movie and comes off as just another B-grade action movie elevated by the presence of Mr. Willis.
McClane Sr. (Bruce Willis) travels to Moscow to help McClane Jr. (Jai Courtney) when he learns of his son's impending jail term and possible death sentence. Once there he learns that junior's a C.I.A. operative involved in the extraction of a wealthy Russian businessman, Yuri Komarov (Sebastian Koch) who has a file that contains a great deal of dirt on a corrupt Russian minister, Chagarin. Chagarin doesn't want the file to get out in to the open and puts a carrot chomping, tap-dancing bad-guy on their tail once they break out of the courthouse. An exhaustive demolition derby style chase through Moscow, a military copter attack on a Hotel and a trail of destruction through one of Soviet Union's most iconic sites compiles the action quotient of the film. The comedy/drama section features McClane senior and junior trying to resolve family issues and bonding over the period of the day.
The action sequences feature plenty of destruction but are dull and never seem to end. The protracted vehicular chase through Moscow is a perfect example of that. Gone is the vulnerability of McClane, who to diminishing degree with every sequel had it as an essence of his character. Here he's almost superhuman, surviving multiple car crashes, multiple storey falls and explosions galore he emerges almost unscathed.
The plot is silly to say the least but so were the plots of the earlier parts. By comparison this one is dumber than ever. The twist in the end can almost be seen coming a mile away and when it does finally arrive feels unconvincing.
Bruce Willis is reliable as ever but is reduced to a supporting role to Jai Courtney who has barely 1/10th the charisma of his on-screen father. The rest of the players leave no impression whatsoever which ultimately makes the movie far less interesting, especially if you look at the cannon of the previous villains and supporting characters in the series.
What I did like were McClane senior showing hints of his old wise-cracking self and the numerous odes to the previous parts in the background score, particularly towards the end.
Being a diehard fan of the series, it was not just disappointing but downright humiliating to be subjected to this tripe masquerading as a Die Hard movie. I'd suggest, you go and rent the earlier ones, I'm going to do that to detox myself of this abomination.