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A Good Day to Die Hard 2013

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Bruce Willis is back in action -- mind-blowing, heart-stopping, rip-roaring action -- as John McClane, the heroic New York cop with a knack for being in the wrong place at the right time.

Starring:
Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney
Runtime:
1 hour, 41 minutes

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This is a difficult film to review.

Die Hard 5 is not going to please you if you are hoping for a film like the first Die Hard: underdog good cop in a situation over his head struggling to make things turn out right while the government/cops etc. try to to handle the situation.

The GOOD:

This film is an excellent action movie with a couple of ridiculous scenes--like the transition from bridge to road below, or from chopper to roof, etc. You'll understand. The action is incredible and beautifully shot. The car chase alone is a new experience, the way the bystanders and cars get tossed about. It's unlike any chase scene I can remember. The only disturbing part is how many innocents John must have killed! lol. His son has a few cool CIA gadgets. There are a few nice plot twists. On it's own, the film is a fun ride, fun to watch, thrills unfolding in a novel way.

But . . . it is not Die Hard. It is a weak reflection of the series we adore. Here's why:

1) The beginning is slow, with John literally standing around while his son does his thing. I don't EVER want to see my beloved John McClane loafing around like a lost puppy! What a lame moment. He keeps calling his son's name and truly resembles a lost old man.

2) John actually whines throughout the movie. What is that about?

During the chase he is talking to himself and most of the lines are lame.

Throughout the movie he complains that he is "on vacation." When did this turn into an intended vacation? It was NEVER a vacation! He went there to help his son!

He says "Jesus Christ!" more than a crazed Baptist minister on Sunday. I was actually guessing when he would say it again and laughing.

3) John's son sucks. Why am I watching his son?
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My wife and I enjoyed the first four Die Hard movies, so we didn't have to think much about seeing number 5 - "A Good Day to Die Hard." It's been twenty-five years since the first "Die Hard," but Bruce Willis is still up to playing John McClane in another nonstop action film. In my opinion, A Good Day to Die Hard is as entertaining as any of the first four in the series, if for no other reason than a chase scene that rivals the classic chase scenes in films like The French Connection, Bullitt, Terminator 3, and The Matrix: Reloaded. It's a humdinger, with more vehicles being destroyed than I could count.

Even approaching sixty years old, Willis is still marvelous at playing the role of NYPD detective John McClane. This time, we meet his son John Jr., played by Jai Courtney. When Junior, a CIA agent, is arrested in Russia, John Sr. flies to Moscow to help him. As John Sr. approaches the courthouse where Junior is testifying as a witness in a criminal trial, all hell breaks loose, and soon both of the McClanes and a Russian, Yuri Komarov, are on the run, first to escape the bad guys, then on an unlikely and perilous trip to Chernobyl to foil the bad guys' plot. Yuliya Snigir adds some eye candy to the film, but it's basically a fast-paced good-guys-versus-the-bad-guys story with no romantic interludes to slow down the action. The climactic scene involving a Russian Mi-24 attack helicopter is as spectacular as any scene in the Die Hard series.

The bottom line: After five episodes, the Die Hard franchise is still in great shape. No, it may not be great drama or high cinematic art, but it's entertaining enough to fill up the movie theaters for a few weeks. Hopefully, the producers are already planning number six, and if so, will it be a reprise of John Sr. and John Jr. working together?
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Yes, John McClane is back. That's good, except this particular outing is not exactly the best of the quintet. In fact, at best it probably ranks somewhere around the fourth or fifth of the bunch. The franchise is getting lazy. REALLY lazy, but more on that in a minute.

On the flip side, you probably didn't come to this one to think, anyway.

This time McClane is in Russia: his estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney) has turned up in Moscow, charged with murder, and he's copping a plea deal by testifying against a highly popular political prisoner whose trial could bring down a (need I say it?) corrupt high-ranking Russian official.

But as always, there are complications. As the commercials tell you, his son is a CIA spy, deep undercover, and the only thing about him that's real is his deep-seated anger at his father. Regardless, John flies out to Moscow (filled in for nicely by shots of Budapest, Hungary).

Given the immensity of the case against the dissident, that John and Jack will even see each other would be problematical; that they would meet would seem impossible. But of course the impossible comes true, and the pair go around Russia shooting up everything.

That any of this makes sense is utterly beside the point. For instance, there is practically no interference by the Russian police; at no time during any of the many over-the-top sequences do any of the cops seem to be anywhere in the picture...during helicopter shootouts and battles on rooftops, there is no sign of the local constabulary. But then again, Russia's known to be a pretty free-and-easy laid-back country, isn't it? So this would make sense.
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