Good, Bad & Ugly Review: A Good Day To Die Hard

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 16% (Critics) / 82% (Audience)
Directed By: John Moore
Written By: Skip Woods and Roderick Thorp
Starring: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch and Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Synopsis: 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. (Source)

The Good:
The action sequences were well done. All as loud and shiny as one would expect from a movie in the Die Hard series with my favorite being the extended courtroom assault/car chase on the highways of Moscow.

The Bad:
The moments where things weren’t exploding or guns weren’t firing left a lot to be desired. I’m a big Bruce Willis fan yet he seemed to be sleepwalking through this movie. He delivered all of his quips so lazily that it was like he decided after signing his contract that he really didn’t want to do this movie.
The scope and villains were also not up to par when being measured by the first three Die Hard movies. The bad guy’s plot was overly convoluted and the main bad guy was a bit blah.
I am also not all that interested in John McClane’s children. I didn’t care about his daughter in the last movie and I didn’t need to see a team up with his son in this one. This isn’t a knock on the actor playing the younger McClane either. Jai Courtney is a good actor who I really liked from his stint as the doomed gladiator Varo on the cable series Spartacus. But this felt like an ushering out of the older McClane to make way for the new model and that is not what I go to see Die Hard movies for…I go to see these films to see John McClane reluctantly drawn into some deadly shenanigans without any of the father/child stuff that made up a big chunk of the last two movies in the series.

The Ugly:
The fact that we are on our second Die Hard sequel and no one involved in the production of these movies has seen fit to reunite Willis’ McClane with Samuel L. Jackson’s Zeus from Die Hard With A Vengeance strikes me as just about the dumbest movie by a movie studio in decades.

Final Verdict: The magic seems to be gone with this loudly vapid entry in the Die Hard series. Bruce Willis seemed just as bored with the entire affair as I was. If you really feel like seeing this movie than I urge you to wait for it to be available on NetFlix.

Rating: D+

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