Oh, look how far we’ve come from the 1988 original! John McClane (Bruce Willis) is still battling terrorists, but this time he’s a kinder, gentler McClane hoping to reconcile with his bitter son. (Didn’t he just play Daddy Dearest in the last film?) It just so happens his son is a CIA operative on assignment in the former Soviet Union. Go figure. Moscow goes bang! Like a decent roller coaster, the film serves up obligatory thrills (great car chase, not so great script, downright dumb in many parts). Hopefully, the franchise won’t die this hard.
(STILL) RECOMMENDED. Come on. It’s John McClane. It’s A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD. What were you expecting? A Merchant Ivory production? Still, it’s a far cry from the spirit of the original, & methinks that’s why fans avoided it. While the change of setting & formula was nice, this didn’t feel like a John McClane adventure. Skip Woods script was too bland, though director John Moore does an affable job pushing the tale along from one practical set piece to another. Audiences deserved more (instead of Moore) but had to settle for less.
The last Die Hard film with Justin Long was an exciting and fun ride. As good as that film was, this film is simply putrid. Thankfully this film was less than two hours long and that is the only good thing I can say about it. This film is dominated by action scenes and car chases where only the director has a clue as to what is occurring on the screen. As a viewer, most of the time I could not figure out was happening. John McClain goes to Russia to look for his son. There … more
I am very fond of the first two “Die Hard” films. They marked a change in the 80’s action hero, because it featured a very ordinary cop named John McClane who was a cowboy, tough as nails gutsy, and resourceful when it comes to getting out of a jam. They made the catch phrase “look who’s at the right place at the wrong time” mean something. The third film “Die Hard with a Vengeance” was a little on the mixed bag, it became an odd mix of a buddy film … more
Bruce Willis reprises his ioconic role as police detective John McClane in 'A Good Day To Die Hard' directed by John Moore ('Max Payne') and written by Skip Woods ('A Team') and Jason Keller. McClane this time around, finds himself in Moscow. Seems his estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney) has been arrested for murder. McClane isn't at all surprise. He believes Jack is a total screw-up. … more