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The world has changed a lot in the 25 years between Die Hard and this fifth franchise ... more

rehash, but Bruce Willis is still the
indestructible force of nature who is followed by
gunfire and explosions everywhere he goes. In
fact, he seems to have gotten more powerful and
his body grown more resilient in spite of the
crags in his face and the gray stubble over his
ears. This time around, New York Police Department
veteran John McClane has trekked to Russia for
what he claims is a vacation, a running gag that
lets Willis keep on quipping with the impeccable
insouciance of a pedigreed action hero. What he's
really up to is tracking his wayward son Jack (Jai
Courtney), who John believes is on trial for
murdering a mob kingpin. In the first of the
movie's many dazzling set pieces, father and son
meet cute just as Jack has broken out of a heavily
fortified courtroom with a mysterious Russian
businessman named Komarov (Sebastian Koch), who is
in possession of some sort of information that's
valuable on the world stage. Don't worry, the
details aren't important as there's no room for
plausibility in any direction. It's no spoiler to
reveal that Jack is a covert CIA agent in pursuit
of Komarov's file, and that instead of helping his
estranged child, the senior McClane has actually
bungled Junior's operation. This sets off a
lengthy chase on the streets of Moscow (actually
Budapest) that has father zooming after son with a
tank full of caricatured Russian bad guys in the
middle. Hundreds of vehicles sacrifice themselves
for the hyperkinetic demolition derby between the
three factions as they race through traffic-jammed
streets, flattening everything made of metal and
glass along the way. Though far less elegantly
staged, the sequence recalls the opening chase in
Skyfall, and the story rolls on in a similarly
dumbed-down series of spy-movie showdowns that are
all cranked up to 11. A Good Day to Die Hard is
the most cartoonish sequel, given its superfluous
plotting and nonstop spree of gratuitous
destruction. There are a few plot
twists--ultimately it's all about money, of
course--but mostly it's an exercise in extravagant
violence and automatic-weapons fire, with
emotionless moments of rapprochement between John
and Jack dropped in around the gunfights. Both of
them survive beatings, car crashes, and ludicrous
falls from tall buildings without injury as
Komarov is lost, then found, then lost again. Dad
helps his son mop up the mess by doing what they
both like to do best: kill scumbags. The dizzying
editing and breakneck pace builds to a crescendo
at Chernobyl, where a magical anti-radiation gas
explodes many things, a truck is driven out of a
flying helicopter, buildings and people are shot
to pieces, and a paroxysm of fetishistic,
slow-motion digital mayhem turns the decrepit
nuclear facility to rubble. Bruce Willis is firmly
in charge throughout, delivering the mother of
F-bomb catch phrases with a succession of
increasingly eye-popping fireballs hot on his
heels. Yippee-ki-yay, indeed. --Ted Fry

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A Good Day to Die Hard [DVD]

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The world has changed a lot in the 25 years between Die Hard and this fifth franchise ... more

rehash, but Bruce Willis is still the
indestructible force of nature who is followed by
gunfire and explosions everywhere he goes. In
fact, he seems to have gotten more powerful and
his body grown more resilient in spite of the
crags in his face and the gray stubble over his
ears. This time around, New York Police Department
veteran John McClane has trekked to Russia for
what he claims is a vacation, a running gag that
lets Willis keep on quipping with the impeccable
insouciance of a pedigreed action hero. What he's
really up to is tracking his wayward son Jack (Jai
Courtney), who John believes is on trial for
murdering a mob kingpin. In the first of the
movie's many dazzling set pieces, father and son
meet cute just as Jack has broken out of a heavily
fortified courtroom with a mysterious Russian
businessman named Komarov (Sebastian Koch), who is
in possession of some sort of information that's
valuable on the world stage. Don't worry, the
details aren't important as there's no room for
plausibility in any direction. It's no spoiler to
reveal that Jack is a covert CIA agent in pursuit
of Komarov's file, and that instead of helping his
estranged child, the senior McClane has actually
bungled Junior's operation. This sets off a
lengthy chase on the streets of Moscow (actually
Budapest) that has father zooming after son with a
tank full of caricatured Russian bad guys in the
middle. Hundreds of vehicles sacrifice themselves
for the hyperkinetic demolition derby between the
three factions as they race through traffic-jammed
streets, flattening everything made of metal and
glass along the way. Though far less elegantly
staged, the sequence recalls the opening chase in
Skyfall, and the story rolls on in a similarly
dumbed-down series of spy-movie showdowns that are
all cranked up to 11. A Good Day to Die Hard is
the most cartoonish sequel, given its superfluous
plotting and nonstop spree of gratuitous
destruction. There are a few plot
twists--ultimately it's all about money, of
course--but mostly it's an exercise in extravagant
violence and automatic-weapons fire, with
emotionless moments of rapprochement between John
and Jack dropped in around the gunfights. Both of
them survive beatings, car crashes, and ludicrous
falls from tall buildings without injury as
Komarov is lost, then found, then lost again. Dad
helps his son mop up the mess by doing what they
both like to do best: kill scumbags. The dizzying
editing and breakneck pace builds to a crescendo
at Chernobyl, where a magical anti-radiation gas
explodes many things, a truck is driven out of a
flying helicopter, buildings and people are shot
to pieces, and a paroxysm of fetishistic,
slow-motion digital mayhem turns the decrepit
nuclear facility to rubble. Bruce Willis is firmly
in charge throughout, delivering the mother of
F-bomb catch phrases with a succession of
increasingly eye-popping fireballs hot on his
heels. Yippee-ki-yay, indeed. --Ted Fry

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Release Date: 2013-07-02, Audio CD, Perris Records

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The world has changed a lot in the 25 years between Die Hard and this fifth franchise ... more

rehash, but Bruce Willis is still the
indestructible force of nature who is followed by
gunfire and explosions everywhere he goes. In
fact, he seems to have gotten more powerful and
his body grown more resilient in spite of the
crags in his face and the gray stubble over his
ears. This time around, New York Police Department
veteran John McClane has trekked to Russia for
what he claims is a vacation, a running gag that
lets Willis keep on quipping with the impeccable
insouciance of a pedigreed action hero. What he's
really up to is tracking his wayward son Jack (Jai
Courtney), who John believes is on trial for
murdering a mob kingpin. In the first of the
movie's many dazzling set pieces, father and son
meet cute just as Jack has broken out of a heavily
fortified courtroom with a mysterious Russian
businessman named Komarov (Sebastian Koch), who is
in possession of some sort of information that's
valuable on the world stage. Don't worry, the
details aren't important as there's no room for
plausibility in any direction. It's no spoiler to
reveal that Jack is a covert CIA agent in pursuit
of Komarov's file, and that instead of helping his
estranged child, the senior McClane has actually
bungled Junior's operation. This sets off a
lengthy chase on the streets of Moscow (actually
Budapest) that has father zooming after son with a
tank full of caricatured Russian bad guys in the
middle. Hundreds of vehicles sacrifice themselves
for the hyperkinetic demolition derby between the
three factions as they race through traffic-jammed
streets, flattening everything made of metal and
glass along the way. Though far less elegantly
staged, the sequence recalls the opening chase in
Skyfall, and the story rolls on in a similarly
dumbed-down series of spy-movie showdowns that are
all cranked up to 11. A Good Day to Die Hard is
the most cartoonish sequel, given its superfluous
plotting and nonstop spree of gratuitous
destruction. There are a few plot
twists--ultimately it's all about money, of
course--but mostly it's an exercise in extravagant
violence and automatic-weapons fire, with
emotionless moments of rapprochement between John
and Jack dropped in around the gunfights. Both of
them survive beatings, car crashes, and ludicrous
falls from tall buildings without injury as
Komarov is lost, then found, then lost again. Dad
helps his son mop up the mess by doing what they
both like to do best: kill scumbags. The dizzying
editing and breakneck pace builds to a crescendo
at Chernobyl, where a magical anti-radiation gas
explodes many things, a truck is driven out of a
flying helicopter, buildings and people are shot
to pieces, and a paroxysm of fetishistic,
slow-motion digital mayhem turns the decrepit
nuclear facility to rubble. Bruce Willis is firmly
in charge throughout, delivering the mother of
F-bomb catch phrases with a succession of
increasingly eye-popping fireballs hot on his
heels. Yippee-ki-yay, indeed. --Ted Fry

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A Good Day to Die. Couldn't put it down!

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"...who works part time as a hit man to rid the streets of those criminals that the law seems unable to touch. After he is conned into carrying out a hit on three innocent men he goes on to get his revenge, but ends up having to flee the country and change his identity, ending up in the Phillipines which is where "A Good Day to Die" kicks off" Money tempts him back into his previous trade, but he soon realises that he is being used again by the same ..." Read review
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EAN 9780552157384
Type Fiction
Genre Thriller
Title A Good Day to Die
Author Simon Kernick
Release Date 28 Aug 2008
ISBN 0552157384

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