Friday, February 15, 2013

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

After carrying out an assassination in Russia, CIA agent Jack McClane (Jai Courtney) is arrested, and imprisoned with Yuri Komarov (Sebastian Koch). Yuri possesses the knowledge of a file that could ruin Chargarin (Sergei Kolesnikov), a prestigious and corrupt Russian official.

But during the trial for Jack and Yuri, Chargarin’s henchmen attempt an assassination by blowing up the courthouse housing Jack and Yuri. Led by his trusted number one man Alik (Radivoje Burkvic), Chargain’s henchmen fail to execute Jack and Yuri after a last second save from Jack’s father, John McClane (Bruce Willis).

John is taking a vacation to Russia to save his only son, while his daughter, Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) waits in America. Does John have one more run in him? Or is old age and advanced weaponry too much for the aging veteran? 

It's not as bad as the critics are making it out to be, but A Good Day To Die Hard isn't something to brag about either. It's the weakest film in the entire franchise, and it's not even close.

Die Hard is known for having some memorable villains, but the antagonists in this film are beyond dull. Alik does a dance, while eating a carrot, and kicking away Jack and John's guns. Yeah.

A Good Day To Die Hard hard is loaded with flashy and over the top explosions, car chases, and action sequences. Die Hard 5 wanted to be the quintessential Hollywood action movie, but the end result was an underwhelming popcorn flick.

Most of the good action sequences are shown in the trailers, and overall, Die Hard 5 is pretty dull. You'll only see Mary Elizabeth Winstead at the very beginning and the very end. But Jack was the focal point of this film, so her limited screen time makes sense. And speaking of Jack, Jai Courtney wouldn't be a good choice to inherit the franchise, as the next McClane. Oh, and Willis tacks on a "yippee ki-yay motherfucker" at the end for the sake of nostalgia. But it was so random and forced, and hearing John's signature catchphrase again didn't do anything for me.

Final Rating: 4/10

EXTRA TIDBIT: Been thinking it over, and Die Hard 5 deserves a lower score. A five was too generous. 

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