A Good Day to Die Hard, Film Review
John McClane (Bruce Willis) is back once again with guns blazing, in the fifth Installment and worst sequel of the Die Hard franchise.
A Good Day to Die Hard see McClane hearing though the police grape vine that his son Jack (Jai Courtney) has been arrested in Russia. With this news McClane heads off to Russia to get his son out. What follows is McClane and son taking on a group of Russian Terrorists who “accidentally caused Chernobyl.”
It’s not just the bad plot that makes A Good Day to Die Hard such an epic fail, but it the lack of effort that made the other Die Hard films so enjoyable to watch; the humor and wise-cracking seems to be forced, while the villains come across more as jokes than terrorist. This make film a joke and should not use the name Die Hard.
Following in the steps of Sylvester Stallone (Bullet to The Head) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Last Stand) with limited success, Bruce Willis, 57, refuses to step down as 80s action hero John McClane and has instead said that he wants to play the role in yet another sequel. He has said: “I want to do Die Hard 5, then one final Die Hard movie Die Hard 6 before finally hanging that white vest up for good.” However, here he looks like he couldn’t care less about the role, and his lack of enthusiasm is infectious. (There could be something going on in his personal life as he brought the same type of performance to R.E.D. 2)
Putting Willis performance to one side it is Script writer Skip Woods (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The A-Team) who is to blame for the terrible writing; which manages to make McClane and his son unlikeable characters, devoid of wit or human feeling. Bruce Willis plays a brainless unstoppable mean-machine and John Jr/Jai Courtney is little more than a poor man’s Jason Statham.
I have heard that one of the biggest issue with the film is the location set outside the States. I don’t think this should be an issue; it’s down to the bad storytelling. Die Hard and Die Hard with A Vengeance are considered the best Die Hard films. For me it’s the villains that make those films (though Samuel L Jackson also helped with Vengeance.) With that in mind I would have done another story involving Gruber family, which would better explain McClane going to Russia. Let face it a cop or former cop from the States is not going to get anyone out of a Russian prison without some help from government, which is something that is missing from A Good Day to Die Hard.
Another issue with this film is that McClane seems to still be able the stuff he did nearly 30 years ago, with falling from building without a scratch. At least the other films had him all bloody up from these sorts of events. This brings me to the final problem with this film. Though the gratuitously violent is there, the gore and swearing has once again been toned down for the 12A rating. Even the second half of the iconic line is barley audible, which is a great shame.
John McClane has in the past been voted the “Greatest Movie Badass of All Time” and so it’s sad to see his fall from grace here. In the words of Comic Book Guy form the Simpsons “Worst Die Hard Movie Ever!”
If Die Hard 5 & 6 are coming it has to go back to it roots, otherwise it time for Willis to hang up the White Vest.
I give A Good Day to Die Hard 0.5 out of 5.
Lucy “Dad? Just try… try not to make an even bigger mess of things.”