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A Good Day to Die Hard 2013

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John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working to prevent a nuclear-weapons heist, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.

Starring:
Jai Courtney, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
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DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Jai Courtney, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Bruce Willis
Director John Moore
Genres Thriller
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 9 August 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Jai Courtney, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Bruce Willis
Director John Moore
Genres Thriller
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 9 August 2013
Main languages English

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Format: DVD
I'm a massive fan of the Die Hard series, so I was more than ready to watch this film through rose-tinted glasses, but alas, even for a dedicated fan this movie is beyond terrible. Abysmal film making is on show and even after reading the bad reviews I still failed to adequately prepare myself for it.

Director, John Moore appears to have no knowledge of the Die Hard franchise, or movies in general, and creates a sloppy mess that unintentionally parodies the action genre. Nothing in this film makes sense and the action scenes lack pacing, tension, and impact. It seems that John Moore simply doesn't know how to direct. Every scene falls flat. I'm shocked that this film was released. Although, it still managed to pull in three times its budget at the box office, so fan loyalty has carried this limping atrocity an extremely long way. What a slap in the face!

The script (penned by Skip Woods) is atrocious and consists of water thin dialogue with almost zero character development. I didn't care what was happening. I was given no reason to. This might as well have been a terrible TV episode of any silly action series that you would find channel surfing at 2am on a Sunday. This is John McClane for crying out loud!! But you you wouldn't know it. McClane has gone from being a cocky but likeable 'every-man', to A Good Day To Die Hard's characterless, boring, fearless, metal-skinned plonker.

There is no momentum or joy to be found here, only tedium. A masterclass in how not to direct a movie. By all means watch it. I did. But if you do make sure to rent it, and afterwards try and erase all memory of having seen it.
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Format: DVD
I should be given a medal for sitting through the most boring film of 2013, from start to finish the whole experience was one brain numbing endurance test. Why even bother giving this the DIE HARD tag when, ever since the first two, they have effectively altered and ruined everything that made the first 2 films uniquely enjoyable. Why not go back to basics and have it set in one, confining location (skyscraper/airport etc) when its McClane going all over, indoors...outdoors its just another action pic. Why also have they insisted on teaming Willis upwith SIDEKICKS (younger guys), McClane is a classic LONEWOLF character surviving on his wits, if I wanted teamwork Id watch Lethal Weapon. The nail in the coffin is Willis himself....he clearly made no effort, his performance is abysmal and he might as well have worn a t-shirt saying IM BORED...JUST HERE FOR THE PAYCHEQUE.
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Format: DVD
The film starts off with a pretty big bang. John McClane, played by Bruce Willis heads off to sort out his troublesome son is Russia. He gets on a plane and lands in a place he has never been before but seems to quickly be able to locate Jack. After an explosion at the courthouse where Jack is part of a trial, an extremely long car chase takes place. While there is plenty of action going on, and a pretty good car chase, this part of the film was so long! Don't get me wrong, I love a good car scene but this one seemed to go on forever. I think I was about 40 minutes in when I looked at the clock and this part of the film had only just finished.

In regards to the rest of the plot, A Good Day to Die Hard is pretty disappointing. I was expecting something quite interesting and complex, with some really good bad guys (like in the fourth film) but that wasn't what I got at all. I found the plot to be very average, at best, and it did little to hold my interest. To add to a quite boring plot, there is the terrible writing. In previous films in this series, there have been some great one liners, some witty remarks from both Willis and the bad guys and just some generally great dialogue but this film didn't really have any of that. The one liners given to John McClane were nothing new, they were predictable and they weren't funny like they have been before.

However, while the plot and dialogue were disappointing, Bruce Willis was not. Although he gets a script not up to the standards of previous films, he does the best he can with it. Also, he is far from being the age he was at the beginning of this series but he still plays McClane extremely well. Age does not seem to be a weakening factor for Willis as he is still a great action film actor.
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Format: Blu-ray
Rather than the outright irredeemable stinker its critical slating implies, the real problem with A Good Day to Die Hard is its anonymity: it never feels like a Die Hard film, more like a bigger budgeted version of any one of dozens of straight-to-video action movies shot in Eastern Europe with ageing stars coasting on their past laurels. To be fair, despite looking initially much older than his years, Bruce Willis puts a little bit more effort into it than Steven Segall or his ilk, but by accepting a script as weak as this one it’s clear it’s just a trip to the bank for him. It’s not just that the standard Die Hard premise – not being trapped in an enclosed space as most suppose but shutting down a building/airport/city/the Eastern Seaboard to cover for a big crime – has been abandoned or that McClane’s son (Jai Courtney) is given a prominent role in proceedings to give the studio the option to carry on the franchise even if Willis decides to call it a day. It’s that it’s goes through the motions in such an overfamiliar and unimaginative way. For the first hour the script basically boils down to:

Russian cabbie: “I love Americans”
John McClane: “I’m on vacation.”
John McClane Jr. (slamming fists on dashboard): “Damn you, John McClane!!
Cue lots of gunfire and explosions.
Russian villain: “I hate Americans.”
John McClane: “I’m on vacation.”
John McClane Jr. (slamming fists on table): “Damn you, John McClane!!
Cue lots of gunfire and explosions.
Different Russian villain: “I hate Americans.”
John McClane: “I’m on vacation.”
John McClane Jr. (slamming fists on wall): “Damn you, John McClane!!
Cue lots of gunfire and explosions.
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