Film Review: A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

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Father & son, Bruce Willis with Jai Courtney in A Good Day to Die Hard (2012)

Let's be real, Die Hard hasn't been good since Bruce Willis had hair. But, no matter how bad the movies keep getting, you just have to go watch the films to see what insanity the franchise has been reduced to. This time, it's the destruction of Moscow at the mercy of two McClanes. But, I had to give this film a chance - I've always been a big believer in sequels. Will I be publicly shamed for admitting that I love Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995) almost as much as I love the original Die Hard (1988)? While I normally reserve Die Hard for my family's super special annual Christmas viewing, Die Hard With A Vengeance is my go-to Die Hard film to watch on any other day of the year. Because of my unusual amount of devotion to the third film rather than the first, I was hoping that the franchise would redeem itself after the hot mess that was Live Free Or Die Hard (2007). I wasn't expecting this latest instalment to really bring back the McClane name in any way, which it didn't...but I also wasn't expecting the film to be a fun time, which it kind of was! 

A typical McClane holiday

I think the key to enjoying any films in the Die Hard reboot is really to not take them seriously. John McClane is older now and let's be honest, it wouldn't be easy to see him in his traditional white wife beater (which always manages to turn brown?), toting a machine gun, playing the big hero, without rolling our eyes a bit. This instalment especially, should be taken with a grain of salt. While this film is completely ridiculous with the destruction of pretty much the whole of Moscow, in a film series like this, you're damned if you try and shake things up and you're damned if you don't. The scenarios have grown from a contained takeover of Nakatomi Plaza to a full-blown destruction of a major city and at the risk of repeating itself, I think this was a smart move for the Die Hard franchise. However, after a pretty ludicrous, but nonetheless entertaining car chase on a crowded Moscow highway, a few shootouts and some (slightly) touching father/son moments, a highly mediocre film is only really redeemed by its former prestige.  We all know that nothing can touch the original Die Hard so everyone can just relax and enjoy A Good Day to Die Hard for what it is. 

MY RATING: 5 cats out of 10

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