- Actors: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
- Directors: John Moore
- Writers: Roderick Thorp, Skip Woods
- Format: NTSC
- Language: English, French
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
- Dubbed: Spanish
- Region: Region A/1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- Release Date: June 4 2013
- Run Time: 98 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 112 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00A7ZH8SA
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,979 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
A Good Day to Die Hard [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy]
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John McClane goes global. For the first time, the New York City cop finds himself on an international stage as a fish out of water in Moscow. The film introduces McClane's estranged son Jack, an apple that hasn't fallen far from the tree, and who may even be more of a hard-ass than his father. John and Jack must put aside their personal and professional differences, and work together to keep each other alive and stop the Moscow underworld from controlling nuclear weapons.
The world has changed a lot in the 25 years between Die Hard and this fifth franchise rehash, but Bruce Willis is still the indestructible force of nature who is followed by gunfire and explosions everywhere he goes. In fact, he seems to have gotten more powerful and his body grown more resilient in spite of the crags in his face and the gray stubble over his ears. This time around, New York Police Department veteran John McClane has trekked to Russia for what he claims is a vacation, a running gag that lets Willis keep on quipping with the impeccable insouciance of a pedigreed action hero. What he's really up to is tracking his wayward son Jack (Jai Courtney), who John believes is on trial for murdering a mob kingpin. In the first of the movie's many dazzling set pieces, father and son meet cute just as Jack has broken out of a heavily fortified courtroom with a mysterious Russian businessman named Komarov (Sebastian Koch), who is in possession of some sort of information that's valuable on the world stage. Don't worry, the details aren't important as there's no room for plausibility in any direction. It's no spoiler to reveal that Jack is a covert CIA agent in pursuit of Komarov's file, and that instead of helping his estranged child, the senior McClane has actually bungled Junior's operation. This sets off a lengthy chase on the streets of Moscow (actually Budapest) that has father zooming after son with a tank full of caricatured Russian bad guys in the middle. Hundreds of vehicles sacrifice themselves for the hyperkinetic demolition derby between the three factions as they race through traffic-jammed streets, flattening everything made of metal and glass along the way. Though far less elegantly staged, the sequence recalls the opening chase in Skyfall, and the story rolls on in a similarly dumbed-down series of spy-movie showdowns that are all cranked up to 11. A Good Day to Die Hard is the most cartoonish sequel, given its superfluous plotting and nonstop spree of gratuitous destruction. There are a few plot twists--ultimately it's all about money, of course--but mostly it's an exercise in extravagant violence and automatic-weapons fire, with emotionless moments of rapprochement between John and Jack dropped in around the gunfights. Both of them survive beatings, car crashes, and ludicrous falls from tall buildings without injury as Komarov is lost, then found, then lost again. Dad helps his son mop up the mess by doing what they both like to do best: kill scumbags. The dizzying editing and breakneck pace builds to a crescendo at Chernobyl, where a magical anti-radiation gas explodes many things, a truck is driven out of a flying helicopter, buildings and people are shot to pieces, and a paroxysm of fetishistic, slow-motion digital mayhem turns the decrepit nuclear facility to rubble. Bruce Willis is firmly in charge throughout, delivering the mother of F-bomb catch phrases with a succession of increasingly eye-popping fireballs hot on his heels. Yippee-ki-yay, indeed. --Ted Fry
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So, a lot of things didn't add up, in this film. For example, I repeatedly wondered where the cops were, in the story. Lots of damage was happening, in downtown Moscow, for instance, but no sign of police, for miles.
Characters did a lot of stupid and reckless stuff - and got away with it. It got so bad, that I even found it hard to cheer for the supposed good guys.
Much of the movie was unbelievable.
I got the impression the producer thought that a lot of crazy-violence would be a substitute, for reality and a good plot. Yet, predictably, it didn't work!
Furthermore, there was lots of hard-to-read captions quickly-flashed throughout the story. So, I got tired of having to reach, for the remote, backtrack and pause, so I could read the surprisingly-small print.
Glad I did not spend $12 or so bucks, on this, at a theatre!
This movie is not worth watching.
Wear ear plugs and take rest breaks, because watching the whole movie at one time is hard to take. It took me two nights to see the whole thing, but only one to be disappointed with the story even though I have all the other Die Hard movies. Willis is getting too old to look convincing.
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