A Good Day to Die Hard

Posted by james on July 20, 2013

(post.rating: 2)

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Ugh. This is just as awful as the reviews would have you believe, and worse.

The whole Die Hard series is pretty incredible. There's so much legacy here, and so many of the sequels have been really gripping & unique stories in their own merit, let alone taken as a series. There aren't many recurring characters besides the lead, but that doesn't matter.

The last one (number four, Live Free or Die Hard) had McClane's daughter in it. She did alright, wasn't that big a player, but I suppose he had to have someone to rescue (how many times can Bonnie Bedelia get stuck on a plane?).

This movie featured his son. In Russia. With lots of guns, action, helicoptors, etc. It's an absolute flop.

McClane is reduced to a grumpy old man with lame catchphrases ("I'm on vacation!"... does that get funnier after the 10th time?). The actions in this movie don't really make much sense. I think the "I'm going to shoot the heli down with a car" scene from the last movie was a bit more believable.

His son is completely lame and flat as a character.

At the end, what really happened? What was the point? Who knows. It's just an excuse to revive the franchise, put the character through a few more paces, and make yet another sequel (Die Harder? These names are getting a bit ridiculous).

The problem is that the plots and many scenes from previous movies are just so memorable; the icicle stabbing, plane hostage takeovers, heli-car shootout, falling off the Nakatomi tower in slow mo. This movie has... a heli shooting a building? I'm not sure. Nothing really stands out to me.

So, severely disappointed. They had some amazing movies, but this proves it's just become a cash cow. Movie goers will keep seeing these because of the name & mindless action. They don't need to do better.