Movie review: A Good Day To Die Hard

Bruce Willis, left, and Jai Courtney in a scene from the movie A Good Day To Die Hard.
Bruce Willis, left, and Jai Courtney in a scene from the movie A Good Day To Die Hard. Frank Masi - Contributed by Picselect

WHY is it action film franchises always head over to Russia?

Jason Bourne almost met his end there, Rocky Balboa made the trip and James Bond has been on many occasions.

Is it really the land of super villains or just a worn-out action film cliché?

The odds of a fifth film in a franchise are never good.

Sure John McClane has come up against and triumphed over greater obstacles in the past but this, he is no match for.

This time action hero heads over to Moscow when his son is arrested murder only to discover that he is actually an undercover CIA agent in the midst of a highly sensitive mission.

Throw in some Russian bad guys whose motivations are never made entirely clear and the McClane men find themselves on the run pursued by ruthless enemies.

Essentially McClane finds himself up against the same obstacles and perils for the fifth time and sure Bruce Willis proves he still has the action hero role in him despite his years but the film seems to miss the point of what made the first three work.

The trip outside the US does the franchise no favors and the Post-Cold War jokes fall flat and feel trite and outdated.

Everything feels a little stale and just slapped together from the plot twists to the shoot-outs, nothing has any real spark.

The peppering of whiny father-son bonding is just bland, predictable and presented in such a clichéd way it really is impossible to care.

Come on, we just want to see some cool chases, explosions and shoot-outs.

While there are a couple of decent action sequences they are not nearly impressive enough and weighed down too heavily with cheesy family drama.

Sure it was fun while it lasted but rather than a Good Day To Die Hard, it would be a better day to give it up and call it quits.


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A Good Day To Die Hard

  • Stars: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch
  • Director: John Moore
  • Rated: M
  • Verdict: One out of two stars

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