Director: John Moore
Starring: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch
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.
A Good Day To Die Hard never really feels like an actual Die Hard movie, if you accept that before the film begins then you’ll be OK, if not you may leave massively disappointed.
The fifth installment in the Die Hard franchise is not an altogether awful film, it’s actually quite fun in parts, it just feels a bit like we’ve seen it all before. There are a few nice nods to the original film, John McClane gets called a cowboy & there’s a fairly clever “shoot the glass” scene homage.
As I say though, at times it’s a very fun action film but at others it’s a very generic actioner that just happens to feature John McClane. I’d even go as far to say that at times Bruce Willis looks fairly bored by what’s going on around him. Right at the start when his character is re-introduced to us he looks like one of those dogs with a droopy face.
However, once McClane Snr arrives in Moscow to track down his wayward son, he brings utter chaos with him. Having barely been in the country ten minutes he’s already stolen two cars, knocked out a local and crashed both of the stolen cars. Of course McClane doesn’t have a scratch on him, despite doing things that would see any normal person swiftly arrive in A&E.
The trouble is now, especially after Die Hard 4, is that John McClane has become for all intents and purposes, a superhero. He took down an F-18 fighter plane which destroyed most of the freeway and just walked away like nothing had happened in number 4. So in number 5 he escapes one helicopter by literally just jumping out of a building and later takes down another helicopter, rather ingeniously though I must say.
Having said all that , I still enjoyed seeing John McClane on the big screen again. Despite Willis’ initial look of boredom he still brings his usual everyman charm to the role, despite the director/writers attempts to make him invincible.
The action scenes toward the end are enjoyable, if slightly improbable. I also enjoyed the father-son banter between the two McClane’s, once McClane Jnr is past his initial reservations toward his father that is.
You will either enjoy the fifth entry in the Die Hard franchise or you won’t, there is not much middle ground to be had here. If you accept the film for what it is, an enjoyable action film to pass away a few hours you will be well serviced. If, however, you are expecting another sterling addition to the series you may well leave disappointed and should just go and watch the first Die Hard instead.