A Good Day To Die Hard (DVD)

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A Good Day To Die Hard (DVD)

2013 film starring Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney and Sebastian Koch. The fifth instalment of the "Die Hard" franchise, in which New York cop John McClane...

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published 18/01/2016 | thedevilinme
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"It did indeed die another day. Today!"

'Shoot me before this gets to the cinema kid'

'Shoot me before this gets to the cinema kid'

Star – Bruce Willis
Genre – Action
Run Time – 98 minutes
Certificate – 18
Country – USA
Awards – 3 Wins & 7 Nominations
Amazon – £3.00 DVD £6.00 Blue Ray
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So from one of the greatest action movies (and some say Christmas movies) of all time the Die Hard franchise delivers its fifth installment. $92 million dollars was thrown at it to get Bruce Willis back on board for one more go to pass the baton and it returned a healthy $304 million for its somewhat perfunctory efforts, considering. The producers effectively handed the job to Jai Courtney, who stars as John McLane’s all action son Jack McLane here – if there is another film after this one. Courtney also picked up the baton in the equally tapped out Terminator franchise as John Conner, the sixth actor to play him. Courtney is pretty wooden on screen so the best place for him. Jai is not the only Terminator crossover here as Robert Patrick, the Terminator in T2, was in Die Hard Two. Bruce Willis is the only cast member to be involved in all five Die Hard films. It says it all that the 5th film has made twice as much as the first film yet nowhere near as good as it.
Die Hard Money

Budget $28million – Die Hard - $140million gross
Budget $70million – Die Hard 2 - $270 million gross
Budget $90million – Die Hard 3 - $366 million gross
Budget $110million –Die Hard 4 - $383 million gross
Budgets $92million – Die Hard 5 - $304 million gross

Cast


Bruce Willis ... John McClane
Jai Courtney ... Jack McClane
Sebastian Koch ... Yuri Komarov
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Lucy
Sergey Kolesnikov ... Viktor Chagarin
Yuliya Snigir ... Irina
Radivoje Bukvic ... Alik
Cole Hauser ... Collins
Amaury Nolasco ... Murphy
Plot

So Jack McLane (Jai Courtney) is not a cop like his old man but in the CIA, tearing up Moscow trying to get a dissident, Yuri Komarov (Sebastian Koch) to a safe house and back to America. But dad John McLane (Bruce Willis) is also in Moscow and oblivious to the fact his son is in the CIA. In an earlier incident, Jack was arrested as a result of an assassination attempt but agrees to testify against Komarov for a shorter sentence. That is why dad is in Moscow and trying to help. Corrupt Russian official Viktor Chagarin (Sergey Kolesnikov) is going to dump Yuri in a Siberian jail with a bent trial and throw away the key for not telling him about a secret file he thinks the dissident has.

A bomb explosion set by one of Chagarin’s henchmen, Alik (Radivoje Bukvic), blasts Komarov free of the court but into the hands of McLane Junior, an outcome any party expected. On the escape through Moscow, Jack, somewhat bizarrely, encounters his dad, who ends up at the CIA safe house with them. Yuri Komarov asks The CIA team to collect his pretty daughter Irina (Yuliya Snigir) as part of the agreement to flee, agreeing to meet in an abandoned hotel. But after a dramatic chase through downtown Moscow the situation deteriorates even more and the McLane’s left with no backup and no way home and no Komarov and up against impossible odds, just like old times…


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Die Hard is dead and choked on its own puke here. The whole thing with John McLane was he was getting on, had a few skills, and the blue collar hero we pulled for. Now he is on CIA missions in Moscow with spies and stuff. That’s so not what he is about and so little appeal here, just another generic CGI movie, ass box ticking all the modern clichés of exploding helicopters, insane city center police chases and phew I nearly got shot there. It’s not great folks and an embarrassment to the franchise. Why-o-why they wanted to introduce an all action son character is beyond me. It did indeed die another day and that day is here, a bit of a stinker. For some reason (money) they thought another film was needed after the disappointing Die Hard 4 and now the franchise is flat on its face with its head in a barrel of cow poo.

Willis texts in his performance (on an old Nokia with a tiny keyboard) whilst Courtney is as cardboard as a Blue Peter presenters coffin. It’s not director John Moore’s first flick to stink up the place either. He did Max Payne and The Omen remake. Everything about this project is wrong and shows just how dependent Hollywood is on remakes and action movies to bankroll the industry. I’m sure most of the 300 million take on this was in the Far East and overseas territories where the dialogue and providence doesn’t matter as much as it does to us. That familiar curl of Bruce Willis lip would only be used now and then in his best films to deliver the cool ironic quip but here it’s deployed every scene, which is the only irony here. It’s just a clumsy and lazy film with no real connection to what made the Die Hard movies great and after 30 minutes of black SUVs with men with machine guns and crew cuts and earpieces racing around Moscow doing ludicrous expensive stunts you just want Steven Seagal to turn up and kick some ass. If you are over 16 and can spell do not watch this movie.

RATINGS

Imdb.com – 5.3/10.0 (158,345votes)
Rottentomatos.com –14 % critic’s approval
Metacriitc.com – 28% critic’s approval

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Critics

Bostonian –‘When did John McClane become such a dick?’

Film Comment –‘A perfectly fine collection of ridiculous stunts and gratuitous explosions ruined by the addition of nonsensical plot and acting that appears to be submerged beneath weapons-grade painkillers’.
The Baltimore Examiner – ‘Empty, ugly and dumb, a grim and cynical exercise in death and destruction’.

Examiner.com –‘We'd all be better served if Die Hard would simply die already’.

The Mail –‘Don't let the title fool you. This should have starred Steven Seagal and gone straight to DVD’.

Paste Magazine –‘a passing of the torch to McClane Jr’.

The San Francisco Times –‘Once blithely acceptable as American id, McClane's become the archetypal American idiot. [Blu-ray’.

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  • hiker published 08/03/2016
    Time was, people knew when to quit
  • Bollinger28 published 28/01/2016
    I agree - a complete pile of old poo
  • StewwyB published 20/01/2016
    well reviewed
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2013 film starring Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney and Sebastian Koch. The fifth instalment of the "Die Hard" franchise, in which New York cop John McClane travels to Russia to help his apparently wayward son. Both father and son are soon embroiled in a conspiracy to steal weapons-grade uranium. Directed by John Moore and written by Skip Woods.

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Actor(s) (Last name, First name): Willis, Bruce

Classification: 12 years and over

Production Year: 2013

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