My whole catching up with 2013 flicks is actually going pretty good. I’m quite proud of myself on that level. Maybe not so much that I’m neglecting other parts of my blog. Either way, last night I was tired and eating late and I needed a shortish no-brainer flick. Seeing as there’s been an incredible amount of negative reviews for A Good Day to Die Hard, I figured I’d give it a shot. Plus, my boyfriend had seen it a few days ago and he said that it wasn’t bad. We may not always agree on a lot of movies, but Die Hard is one franchise we have a pretty similar love for, so I was hopeful. Lets check it out!
Director: John Moore
Cast: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Yuliya Snigir, Radivoje Bukvic, Sergei Kolesnikov
John McClane (Bruce Willis) gets news that his son, Jack (Jai Courtney) is in prison in Russia and will possibly be sentenced to death. When he arrives, he catches both Jack and a Russian prisoner Komarov (Sebastian Koch) escaping and he learns that his son is actually a CIA operative working undercover to stop a Russian politician Chagarin (Sergei Kolesnikov). Komarov is the only one with a file that could prove all of Chagarin’s problems and they must protect him and get him safely to extract that file. Jack and John now need to team up in order to fight the opposing Russian forces.
If you asked me if any of the Die Hard sequels matched up to the first one, I’d answer without a doubt, no. However, the issue is NEVER John McClane. Bruce Willis can act our John McClane and make him enjoyable all the time with smart ass comments and the whole lot of one-liners and just outrageous action. The same goes for this one. If you asked me whether John McClane brought on a good show, I think he did. Just for him, I’d add this movie to my collection. I watched it on Netflix so I don’t own it.
However, what is the downfall at times of the other sequels sprinkles through this one also. What I hated about the fourth was the never dying tough chick, well, we have one of those here. The second and third failed with not a very convincing bad guy and this one had this one also. Was there a lot of stupid dialogue? Yup, there was a good bit of that as well. Was there also some very bad effects? Yes also. And there was many parts I wanted to punch Jai Courtney’s Jack in the face because he was so annoying. All that sounds pretty bad, no? Well, actually, I enjoyed this one. Its not my favorite Die Hard because nothing compares to the first one with the perfect blend of everything but its not horrible. I can sit through this and I had a good laugh with a lot of the stuff going on and the ending scene was pretty predictable but also alright in my book.
In my defense, I never put too many expectations and set high bars for Die Hard especially after 3 other movies before it that was just fun to watch. My goal for this that it will entertain and John McClane puts on a good show. It had some over the top action, a few explosions, shoot ups and they even added in a highway chase. As hard to believe some of it was, I didn’t mind it. There was some eye rolling and in that highway chase, I felt like I was playing the early versions of Need For Speed when some dinky car could overturn my power machine but I got over that.
I admit I’m biased but its Die Hard. Maybe I don’t have the heart to hate it, maybe I’m just being really lenient with it. It could also be because I was so tired and a little bit of John McClane always makes my day but I was entertained and I had fun. Thats what matters to me. I mean, right before the final act, I actually starting liking Jai Courtney just a little bit more.
If you saw the other sequels, I’d say why not check this out? But if you are starting this series now (which should be very few people), then you have lots of better choices. I’m leaving this one up to you. Sometimes, there are just movies that I enjoy and I have no reason why. Its a personal preference, maybe even just having the right mindset or just that it makes me feel good. Thats all this one was to me. I know there’s plenty of bad with this and I acknowledge it but it didn’t bother me 🙂 So I’ll just go straight ahead and admit that I liked it and I don’t really mind watching it again if I were to do a Die Hard marathon one of these days.
Did you see A Good Day to Die Hard? What did you think of it? Are there any of you that enjoyed/liked it?