A Good Day to Die Hard review

Director:
John Moore
Cast:
Bruce Willis
Jai Courtney
Sebastian Koch
Yuliya Snigir
Radivoje Bukvic
Rated: R

I don’t know if I want to hear Yippee Kay Ye any more.

“A Good Day to Die Hard” takes place some unknown amount of time after the fourth film. In this one, John McClane (Willis) finds out that his son Jack (Courtney) is in trouble in Russia. John decides to travel over to find out if he can somehow help his son in any way. What he finds out is that his son is actually a CIA agent working a major case.

Through a wild course of events, John becomes involved with the operation his son is working on and the two have to work together to bring down a large organization of terrorists.

The film felt like even less of a “Die Hard” film than the previous installment. The first one had John as an underdog having to trick his adversaries. Here he is just shooting a machine gun at anything that moves. The whole thing just feels like an average action movie, a lot of huge explosions and gun fire without much style.

What’s worse is that they try to shove in this sappy “daddy wasn’t there for me” story with John and his son. Please, spare me. Why not just a movie with John’s son as the guy who likes to do things by the book and John as the loose cannon like he’s always been. That would have been enough to be entertaining.

The acting wasn’t anything special. Bruce Willis has almost become a character himself. I look back to the first one and how he portrayed John McClane there was just a simple cop who came up with crazy ideas and he barely survived any of it, now he is able to do absolutely everything. Even the old idea of him being in the wrong place at the wrong time doesn’t work here, he purposely went to help his son out, he went to Russia. He wasn’t just on vacation for fun times.

Jai Courtney as John’s son just felt like he could have been played by anybody. Unlike Willis, who actually has a little bit of fun charm to him that can breathe a bit of life into the character, Courtney put this stern look on his face that didn’t seem to come off most of the movie. Then there was the villain, the first one at least, I won’t spoil the alternate villain. The villain is played by Radivoje Bukvic and he is so cookie cutter! He tries to be a sleezeball type villain and does these dances but the film never really goes anywhere with him. He never felt like a real threat.

The action didn’t do much for me in this movie. I’ve seen so much of this type of action before and there’s nothing really fresh here that makes it very enjoyable. It’s just more of the same. Are there a few exciting parts here and there, sure, but nothing that’s going to keep you on the edge of your seat.

The fifth “Die Hard” movie for me is just underwhelming and for lack of a better term, lame. There were a couple funny lines and a few nice action pieces that looked nice. However, these were very few and far in-between. Very low 2 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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