Release Date: February 14, 2013
Director: John Moore
Starring: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
MPAA Rating: R
Official Websites: Diehardmovie.com
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A Good Day To Die Hard Film Review, Synopsis, Plot: “Die Hard 5”…something about that seems crazy when you look back on the series and Bruce Willis. The first DIE HARD film was a gritty action drama about a simple New York cop that got stuck in a hostage situation. He wasn’t a superhero and definitely wasn’t invincible. In fact, there were times the audience wondered if John McClane would even make it out alive. But that was 1988 and three films later, McClane was back in action in LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, which had him jumping on jets and practically catching bullets in his teeth. To say the series is a far cry from what it started out at is an understatement.
But the series is still successful and no matter how much you try to deny it, seeing John McClane in action is still pretty cool. So in comes A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, the fifth installment in the franchise to be directed by John Moore (MAX PAYNE). This time around, John McClane has to go to Russia to rescue his son (Jai Courney, seen above in a screen test with Bruce Willis). For those hoping the series would get back to the original’s roots, you’re probably going to be disappointed.
Although you can’t write A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD review without actually seeing the film, something tells me this is going to be closer to LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD than DIE HARD. There’s something to be said for mindless action films, but I long for the days of following McClane as a tough NYC cop that can’t keep his family together. But whatever happens, if McClane doesn’t jump on the wing of a flying jet, we’ll be in good shape. Perhaps the most troublesome aspect of the initial plot synopsis is the fact it will be taking place in Russia. That seems to only be distancing the franchise from its roots, which definitely isn’t a good thing.
It will be interesting to see how Jai Courtney does as McClane’s son. McClane has shared screen time before, most notably with Samuel L. Jackson in DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE, but Jackson was a proven actor and star at the time, while Courtney definitely is not. Late word says that Mary Elizabeth Winstead will be returning as McClane’s daughter, which will give some connection to the fourth film. Maybe they’ll surprise us and let Bonnie Bedelia return in a cameo capacity as McClane’s ex-wife.
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