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A Good Day to Die Hard


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A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

Directed by John Moore

Starring: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch

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John McClane (Willis) is headed to Russia after finding out that his estranged son (Courtney) has been arrested in Moscow. When he arrives, John finds out that his son is actually working with the C.I.A. to prevent the sale of weapons grade nuclear material. When the plan falls apart, father and son come together to fight against determined terrorists.

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As with most action films, this movie isn’t built around Oscar-winning performances or incredible dialogue. The idea is to express the necessary emotions and then blow some stuff up. From an action standpoint, this is a decent movie. It has car chases, exploding buildings, and massive machine guns. Unfortunately, this might be only good element of the movie.

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The acting in this movie isn’t necessarily bad, but they didn’t get much to work with. The dialogue feels overly sentimental and vague. They also don’t have full characters to work with. Much of the writing seems to avoid getting to know who the people really are. This includes the villains and the good guys. Overall, not much of a script for anyone to work with. Jai Courtney (Jack Reacher) is fun to watch through the action sequences. He’s also got a few good scenes opposite Bruce Willis (Looper). Together, they just couldn’t salvage this disastrous film.

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Do you remember the good old days of Die Hard or even Die Hard with a Vengeance? Well, a lot of things have gotten better since 1988, but not this series. Writers Skip Woods and Roderick Thorp took on the job of creating a new adventure for John McClane and struck out swinging. I can’t really recommend this one to anyone. I give it 2 out of 5 stars.

Rating: R

Running Time: 97 minutes

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4 Comments on “A Good Day to Die Hard”

  1. Anonymous February 15, 2013 at 4:06 PM #

    In 1979, Roderick Thorp wrote a book called Nothing Lasts Forever; the original Die Hard was based (quite closely) on this book.

    Note that under the writing credits, it only gives Thorp a “Certain Characters Created By” (or something similarly worded) credit. The creation and writing of this terrible excuse for a Die Hard movie can be chalked up specifically and solely to Skip Woods.

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    • jeffro517 February 16, 2013 at 12:29 AM #

      I’m gonna have to check this out. It definitely changes the focus of the blame for the weak story.

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  2. Sultan Of S'plosions May 11, 2013 at 10:58 PM #

    Damn! Harsh lol. I know a lot of people seem to hate this one, but there was this one chap that did take a fondness to Die Hard 5, and he is typing these words. Yeah, it is not as good as I would have liked, but I still enjoyed it. I did find Jack’s motivations for being mad at his father a bit too harsh though. Apparently he lost touch with him a few years prior but that is it, and he acts like his Dad molested him or something.

    I found “A Good Day” to be a fun time, but I can see why most fans didn’t like it.

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