[Movie Review] A Good Day To Die Hard

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Director: John moore (Behind Enemy Lines, Max Payne, The Omen)

Writers: Skip Woods (screenplay) Roderick Thorp (Original Characters)

Stars:  Bruce Willis (Die Hard series, Pulp Fiction, Looper), Jai Courtney (Jack Reacher, Spartacus: Blood and sand), Sebastian Koch (Albatross, God Loves Caviar)

John McClane for the first time in the Die Hard franchise finds himself on foreign soil all the way in Mother Russia in an attempt to save his seemingly wayward son Jack (Jia Courtney) who he hasn’t spoken to for so many years and has been arrested for murder. On getting there he finds out that Jack is a well trained CIA agent and is deep into an operation to stop a Nuclear weapons heist. The mission then goes south and CIA pulls its resources out leaving only  father and son to join forces and stop the nuclear weapons getting out.

*****

The Script

*****

A Good Day To Die Hard comes as the fifth installment to the Die Hard movie franchise and I must say has failed to live up to expectation set by its predecessors. The movie follows the path of famous Hollywood Cliches whereby The Villain is always from Russia, There’s always a certain type of nuclear material involved that the villain intends to use either by selling or using himself to set about a new world order (I mean this isn’t the Cold- War era anymore) and lastly the Protagonist comes in guns blazing through the front door and saves the day. The movie lacked any sort of an original script for me which was very sad. I mean how many time have we seen several Hollywood directors getting greedy and making sequels of a movie that falls way below the standard of the previous. Not even Bruce with his slick acting could save this one from looking ordinary, more like a parody of its predecessors. I was really disappointed with this script I must say. But then again if you’re a fan of big explosions, bullets being sprayed throughout the movie from start to finish and the protagonist executing larger than life stunts without even a scratch (just like Steven Seagal from back in the day) then this movie is for you.

*****

The Directing

*****

Director John Moore is no newbie when it comes to making action based movies, as he can proudly boast to have on his directorial resume Behind Enemy Lines which has to go down as one of the best war movies of the 21st century. I must confess he did pick some really cool locations for the movie but outside that everything else was ordinary.

*****

Acting

*****

Bruce Willis is a name to be reckoned with in the realm of movie acting after starring in movies like Pulp Fiction(1994), Sin City (2005) and Armageddon(1998). But his acting in this movie could only be said to be above average, judging from his standards. The rest of the cast had little or no effect on the overall acting experience of this movie, Heck in my book they were all average and their performances a little above cameo. Jai Courtney failed to really impress any real critic out there with his performance and Sebastian Koch even though had the look of a villain never really came to the party like I hoped he would.

*****

The Verdict

*****

It’s a Popcorn and Water for me folks, The movie failed to impress in any given way. It played along the line of Ordinary and predictable which fell way below the standard set by its predecessors. But then again if you’re a fan of big and loud explosions or you have a few extra change to spare you just might want to see this one.

 

Zubby