A Good Day To Die Hard Review

14 Feb

Alrighty then here we are in 2013 with another Die Hard film… Damn, don’t these films ever die? No offence but some film franchises really do need to know when to stop unless they really have a genuinely good story to tell. Now the thing about the Die Hard series is that I was never a fan of the series because I never saw any of the films in full until last night when I watched all 4 Die Hard films back-to-back to get up to date. I can definitely see the appeal of the series and I respect the series for making it as far but the fact remains that A Good Day To Die Hard is just like most action films of recent years, an enjoyable spectacle but nothing more.

A Good Day to Die Hard

So the premise of this film goes like this:

“John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working to prevent a nuclear-weapons heist, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.”

From the trailers for this film I thought the story looked a little far-fetched, but in the film’s story just gets worse from there. The way things pan out is a mixture of interesting and predictable and some of the dialogue is a bit weak too. Now there is a story in this film but it isn’t all that relevant, there are basic elements of conspiracy, double-crossing and family bonding but it’s at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter. John and Jack’s relationship builds over the course of the film and that’s alright but terrorists and how their big bad plan fits into the film is just layered characters and plans and other stuff I didn’t care about. After a while I stopped paying attention and just let the events unfold.

When it comes to characters only a few of them you actually pay attention to over the course of the film. Firstly let’s start with Bruce Willis as John McClane, Willis was pretty good as McClane with some of that old charm and adventurous nature from previous films, however I found McClane to be little dumb and not as inventive as he used to be. Also while he still does John McClane things like running and gunning, acting a like a smug punk to his enemies and his no-nonsense approach to things, but for all of those things I still see Bruce Willis just being Bruce Willis. Then there’s Jai Courtney as John “Jack” McClane, Jr., His character was really annoying at first because his constant hate and resentment towards his father and while I kind of understand why he feels that way that he does, he just comes across as annoying teenager with daddy issues .I was also glad to see the return of Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Lucy McClane, not only because Winstead is totally hotness but also because she added some much-needed consistency for this film series which its been lack for a while now in my opinion. Even though her role was pretty small I was glad to see her return.

And now onto the characters you don’t care about as much or not at all. Sebastian Koch as Yuri Komarov was alright and he played his role well and I liked his character until a certain point when things changed in the story, then he became irrelevant to me. And then there’s Yuliya Snigir who played Irina, daughter of Komarov. She was total hotness and like Koch she played her role well, but after a certain point when the plot thickens you just stop caring about the bad guys. Radivoje Bukvić as Alik made for a slightly entertaining, if somewhat boring bad guy with no real talent for being intimidating or cool, he was just there.

One thing that Die Hard 5 succeeded in is the presentation, the series has always thrived off of action, destruction and explosions, and this film delivers that in a very loud and bombastic fashion. There are some proper crazy car chases, fire fights and explosions aplenty. Like Die Hard 4 this film is aided by the power of CGI and special effects, but in my opinion this film handles it better and doesn’t rely on it so heavily. Also this film doesn’t have such choreographed action sequences like the last film in the series which I appreciated more. As good as some of the action was, I can easily say that I’ve seen better and it wasn’t the most unique or memorable stuff I’ve seen from other films in the genre.

In conclusion Die Hard 5 is good time if you like action films but is nothing more than that. The action set pieces are awesome to look at and Bruce Willis is still fun to watch as he still retains some of his McClane mannerisms. However the rest of the film is pretty predictable, a tad forgettable and a bit dull. If you don’t mind action films where the story isn’t totally relevant to watch you’re watching then you’ll have fun with this film otherwise you’re not missing much in this latest instalment of the Die Hard film series.

Rating: 6.5/10 (A fun time, but nothing overly memorable)

So what did you think of the latest Die Hard film? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and let me know, until the next review later on people! 😀


Posted by on February 14, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews


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4 responses to “A Good Day To Die Hard Review

  1. CMrok93

    February 14, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Good review. It’s an okay action movie, but when you place it in terms of a Die Hard movie: aww hell no!

    • Hypersonic55

      February 19, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      I hear that! Since i watched all the other Die Hard films back-to-back i got a pretty good sense of what kind of films there were and this one was just really messy and lacking in the charm and style that made the old ones so popular. In the end its got its good action sequences but its more funny than anything else because of how ridiculous it is.

  2. conordcfc

    March 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Nice little review right there, I just about enjoyed the film, and it’d be great if you could read my review when you get the time!

    • Hypersonic55

      March 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      Thanks yo, the thing about this film is that is ridiculous and yet funny at the same time. and sure man I’ll give your review a look asap yo!


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