A Good Day to Die Hard
3 out of 5 Stars
Director • John Moore
Starring • Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney and Sebastian Koch
Rated • R
Recommended to • Fans of films that are heavy on action and light on brains.
John McClane (Bruce Willis) travels to Russia to try and get Jack (Jai Courtney), his irresponsible son, out of prison. Typical to form it isn’t long before McClane becomes the last man standing between the forces of good and evil.
There have been moments in the Die Hard franchise where the story actually had something to say and the action wasn’t the only reason for the film to exist (and some would debate that claim). “A Good Day to Die Hard” has no purpose other than to connect one bombastic action scene to the next with as little plot as possible. Not that this should surprise anyone since the script was written by “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” scribe Skip Woods and John Moore, the film’s director, was responsible for “Max Payne” and “The Omen” remake. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out exactly what direction the franchise is heading in.
So let’s simply ignore the fact that the film is essentially built upon the fact that John and Jake don’t seem to get along but deep inside we know they’ll sort it out and end up on good terms by the time the bullets stop flying and just focusing on what the filmmakers were most interested in: the action. “A Good Day to Die Hard” takes the average car chase and makes it twice as long, destroys five times the normal amount of vehicles and sneaks in a reference to one of the earlier films. When it blows something it up the explosion is three times the size it should be, slow-motion effects make the blast last twice as long and they drop in a reference to one of the previous films. Are you sensing a pattern here?
“A Good Day to Die Hard” is all about the nostalgia for when louder, bigger, faster and stronger (not necessarily better) was the sequel formula. It makes for an extremely entertaining film that is about as nutritious as a handful of sugar. If that’s what you’re in the mood for, the film is delicious. Just don’t be surprised if you need something with a little bit of substance to ward of the inevitable stomachache.
-Ryan Michael Painter
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