Saturday, February 16, 2013

A Good Day to Die Hard

Despite the non-stop action…and perhaps because of it…John Moore’s A Good Day to Die Hard is the weakest link in the Die Hard series. 

Unfortunately, what story there is centers around the boringly drawn out “dad-was-never-there-for-me” issues of Jai Courtney’s Jack McClane and the false accusation that somehow…maybe I blinked and missed was responsible for messing up Junior's rescue mission of a high-powered Russian for the CIA.

Bruce Willis’ John McClane has none of the fun lines of the former films, only the lame, “I’m supposed to be on vacation,” which he continuously utters as if he knows it’s an embarrassment.

The chases are exciting and there is one decent twist, but credibility is stretched beyond acceptability when the McClanes end up at Chernobyl, blowing up crates of U235 uranium while having open cuts and seeming to be invulnerable to contamination.  Or, perhaps this was just a setup for a sequel in a hospital, Die Hard in a Bed Pan or turning them into nuclear superheroes for Die Hard Bombs.  Perhaps, that should have been the title for this one.
I give A Good Day to Die Hard a 2+ out of 5 for being only half as good as it should have been.


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