A Good Day to Die Hard

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I'm not the biggest movie guy around, but I do know what I like. I like action flicks as much as the next guy, I like guns when they're not really hurting anybody, and I like the Die Hard franchise well enough. So, I shouldn't be too difficult to please, right? I mean, this movie's pretty much got a disclaimer that says "Mindless action flick. Please turn all brains off." Our expectations should immediately be lowered. And they were, to a certain extent, and that makes what I'm about to say that much more difficult. I want my 300 pesos and 1 hour and 40 minutes of my life back.

This might get spoilery so turn back now if you haven't seen it. Actually, you know what, lemme save you the time and money, read on instead.

Bruce Willis  

If you're a Willis fan, you are going to watch A Good Day to Die Hard despite all the negative shit you've been hearing about it simply because of  Willis. Me? I'm fond of Willis. I loved him in certain movies, RED being my favorite. The girlfriend absolutely adores him; she's got his Moonlighting DVDs. If you are such a person, then you'll be glad to know that Bruce was as good here as he has ever been despite being given a bleak script to work with. Sure, he's a little older, and you can easily tell when it's a stunt double, but there is no way you can John MacClane this movie more even if you tried. Well, maybe except for the humor and charm.

The son

Jai Courtney's face was certainly familiar but for the life of me, I could not remember where I saw him prior to A Good Day to Die Hard. Never saw Jack Reacher. I guess this was supposed to be his big break, huh? Too bad, since he and Bruce had no chemistry at all, even towards the end of the movie when they were supposed to already be chummy with each other.

Dude's got a good look to him, though. Maybe he'd venture out to do action movies on his own, but A Good Day to Die Hard did him no favors. He seemed pretty one-dimensional and the clumsy script had him spouting out generic prodigal son crap.

Hardware

I like that the guns they used looked really cool. And I always thought John MacClane was a shotgun guy.

Presentation  

This is an action flick and one shouldn't expect much above bad guys getting killed, explosions going off and lots of gunfire. While that's true, a lot of action movies are able to give you an adrenaline rush while making sure different elements of the movie give you a pleasant experience. A Good Day to Die Hard fails at that. Every action sequence is at a level that is monotonously intense from start to finish. There is barely any rise to build up to a "holy shit" moment. Okay, maybe, I think there was one of those amidst all the frenzy, but not one that I can recall specifically. Everything was too over the top that nothing stood out, eventually being completely forgettable. And because of this pace, no tension was built. At no point in the movie did you feel that the characters were in danger of anything.

Despite everything getting blasted to almighty hell, A Good Day to Die Hard was plain and boring.

Even John MacClane's "yipee kay yay, motherfucker" felt rushed and lost and anti-climactic. It's that one moment every Die Hard fan watches out for, and when it finally happens, you're left going "Was that it? Oh."

Suspension of disbelief is something we all have to do when consuming fictional material. Sometimes, the enjoyment one gets out of a fictional work is directly proportional to the ability to do so. A Good Day to Die Hard makes it very hard to suspend anything. A lot of the utterly ridiculous things done in the movie are explained away with "because we're better than you think." Radiation does not work like that. Oh, and the police only show up when it's convenient.

The Villain 

Every action movie is only as good as its main villain. If you think really hard, you'll realize that the most interesting aspects and scenes of the best action movies are thanks to the baddies. You've got guys like Heath Ledger's Joker, Alan Rickman's Hans Gruber in Die Hard, Javier Bardem's Raoul Silva in Skyfall, John Travolta and Nick Cage's Castor Troy in Face Off, Christopher Waltz's Col. Hans Landa in Inglorious Basterds... you get the idea. The movie's villain (SPOILERS AHEAD) before and even after you find out who it really is neither interesting nor threatening. And that does a bad movie make.

Plot 

Are you a fan of the old stereotype that Russians are evil (LIKE, ALL OF THEM) and Americans are the only good guys? Great! Then this movie is for you! I'm having a hard time trying to point out how stupid the whole plot was without just spoiling everything, so suffice it to say that (MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD) the main villain is the guy who they were working with all along and that it turns out that everyone who has shot at them, except for that one person, was apparently working for that guy the whole time, and that if John MacClane never showed up, the entire movie never would have happened.

This scene exactly. The movie happens because of these 5 minutes.

Overall  

I'm giving this a 1.5 out of 5. It is bland, forgettable, boring, ridiculous and incoherent. We'll all need to try and forget this movie ever happened.

   

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