A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) Review
Not as bad as some say, but still the worst of the Die Hard series and to be honest doesn’t really feel like a Die Hard film. The film has a vast contrast between its good parts and bad parts, we have really good visuals and a few great action scenes, but on the other hand you have a very weak story and some of the most pathetic characters and dialogue you have ever heard. How you can make a Die Hard film without a good villain is beyond my understanding (I’ll talk about the dancer later). The acting and characters where basically non-existent for the bad guys and as for the good we have a Bruce Willis with what looks like no script and Jai Courtney pulling some of the funniest faces I have ever seen in an action film. As for the relationship between them I could have done without it. Do I want a 6? Yes but for the love of god get a good script and Villain.
Iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, for the first time, finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack – unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover that their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes.
Tim’s Film Reviews Not Recommended
Story: 25% Acting: 20% Characters: 15% Dialogue: 30%
Action/Thrill: 55% Style/Sound: 30% Visuals: 40%
This paragraph is normally focused on story, acting, dialogue and characters, and so it will be a very sad paragraph this time. I am struggling not to compare this film to the rest of series, I think my score is as any other action film but as a Die Hard it is really bad. The plot is so ridiculously outdated that it makes you think it was made during the 80’s when you know Russia was a big issue. They could have used McClane and the CIA with his son in a really clever and fun story but they completely cocked this up. On the character side of things, why the hell would you get this dancing weirdo as the main villain you see? I mean come on you really think that is acceptable when you compared it to any of the Die Hard film really, but especially the first as I am a massive fan of Hans Gruber played by the amazing Alan Rickman. I felt that the lines from Bruce where completely made up on the spot by him, mainly because if someone got paid to write that I am going to be sad for a while.
Mention the twist: A friend says I had to mention the twist end. I didn’t care that there was a twist ending! Because I didn’t care about the characters who it affected. I do not care about spoiling this. The prisoner is actually in charge and takes over to get uranium from vault. I don’t even remember their names, who cares?!
The visuals where very good, got some great good scenes with great stunts. I am glad that in a Die Hard film they at the very least kept that solid. We have helicopters everywhere, lots of cars at the beginning and would have liked some better gun fights as a Die Hard film. One of many things that make me think this is nothing like a Die Hard film, good action though. I would quite like to edit this film without the father son crap that doesn’t matter at all in this film and just turn into anything. Not sure it has style but it’s kind of got action type style. Sound is pretty good, got no really gripes.
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The best reviews I found would be these “A movie like A Good Day to Die Hard ought to either hire someone who can write catchy dialogue and at least superficially plausible characters or just let the real artists, the stuntmen, run the whole picture. No Humans Allowed” Richard Corliss. “And having spent all these words ragging on the film, I will continue to semi-recommend it anyway. Why? Well, I happen to like big dumb action, and as long as that’s all you’re expecting, that is a thing that you shall receive” Luke Y. Thompson. “The poster-child for the big, dumb action movie, but Bruce Willis as John McClane makes everything better” Michael Smith.
My favourite scene would have to be the first Car/Van/Truck chase as I found it be really fun and felt very Die Hard, what with the bad guys not expecting John McClane and managing to stop the bad guy in an epic fight of cars which I found great. Sadly this was the highlight and was pretty much near the beginning so yeah…