A Good Day to Die Hard Review

“I Kinda Thought We Would Just Wing It, You Know. Running In, Guns Blazing! Make It Up As We Go.”

February 17th, 2013

A Good Day to Die Hard is a 2013 action movie.

Directed by: John Moore

Starring: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney and Mary Elizabeth Winstead

We all know this sequel was just about the money. Like John McClane states in this new entry: "When is it never about the money?" I get that, but what I never get is why the studio never goes like "Hey, this script sucks!". Nope, just toss some money around, and give us the goods. But let's remember that the studio we're talking about is Fox and we all know their past track record hasn't been too impressive. The projects that have worked, we can guess was more of the directo and crew's job than the company's.

John McClane has been search the Earth for his son to try and salvage the relationship between them, after being able to rekindle with his daughter. He travels to Moscow where his search has lead to seeing his son involved on a secret mission for the CIA. Everything else, just strolls along for the taking. Personally, I believe that it stopped being a Die Hard movie once father and son met for the first time on screen, and then it became an entirely different movie, where the family values were shoved down our throats most of the time. The only thing that tells you it is still a Die Hard franchise entry is the McClane name.

Not to spoil anything, but the only moments that did work was the intro that is kind of a mirror image of Fast Five's Brazil chase. In other words, so many cars crushed and such city destruction just hurts you internally, if you know what I mean. It was enough to get a good laugh out of me, but that's about it. Other than that, the first act and the last 3 minutes of the movie were the best. Period. Some of the CGI were beneath the quality you would expect, but assuming how much of the 92 million dollar bodget was used in post-production, I wasn't impressed int he slightest. It has the R in the action and death tolls, but not in the number of F-Bombs. The infamous Bruce Willis quote is bastardized and rushed, and McClane's injuries promotes him to superhuman; surviving hits and blows that I doubt he would have survived in the older series. But hey, I remind myself that this is Hollywood, where dogs talk with their minds.

Like the heading, it felt like they were making it up as they went, but hey, considering this is the early time of the year, where studios release most of their failures to do tax write-offs, it is a better alternative, but not my first recommendation after viewing first hand. Since part 6 has been confirmed, I'm just hopeful, they bring it full circle with Mrs. McClane, where John has to rescue her and his family while being manipulated by a family relative of the Gruber family. That would make my dad, and close the franchise for good...until they reboot it.

Overall, you know what I hate about Russians? Everything. Especially the Soviets.


Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus.


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  • bawnian-dexeus • 3 years ago

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Well, part six will be the last time Bruce Willis will play the role of John McClane. Hopefully it brings the story full circle and brings back the whole McClane family (we need the wife) and to somehow include Samuel L. Jackson, until Fox reboots it


    • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 3 years ago

      @bawnian-dexeus -- Nice review, man. As far as action goes, the final 5 minutes or so were kind of neat. But, that's the ONLY thing the movie had going for it. It wasn't horrible, but it didn't have a lot to offer, and kept things very, very simple. My biggest issue with the movie is the R rating, though. Not only are there under 12 F bombs, but the violence was PG-13 rated; besides maybe the head-shot near the end. Bloodless firefights, and nonviolent hand-to-hand combat made this movie seem like child's play. The predecessor was more violent than this one, and that one was rated PG-13. The fans aren't necessarily looking for a great picture, but a mindless charade of carnage and violence, and they couldn't even supply them with as little as that. If that isn't a "f*ck you" to the fans, I don't know what is.


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