It’s been a cold, harsh winter for Hollywood’s biggest action stars.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s comeback vehicle “The Last Stand” opened to middling reviews and anemic box office. Sylvester Stallone’s “Bullet to the Head” fared even worse.
Now in rides Bruce Willis. Unlike Sly and Arnold, he’s not coming out with some new character and premise. No, he’s back with his most successful action movie franchise. So, can John McClane turn things around?
This fifth installment in the “Die Hard” series finds former cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) traveling to Russia to try and get his son Jack (Jai Courtney) out of prison.
Unknown to John, Jack is a CIA operative working undercover to free political prisoner Yuri Komarov (Sebastian Koch). Komarov has a file that could bring down his former ally Chagarin (Sergei Kolesnikov), a high-ranking Russian official who poses a threat to American interests.
John arrives in Russia just as Jack and Komarov are in court. The courthouse is attacked, Jack and Komarov escape and a confused John goes along for the ride. Soon the estranged father and son are on their way to Chernobyl where they will bond amid explosions and gunfire.
Directed by John Moore, “A Good Day to Die Hard” has a few decent action sequences going for it — the opening chase scene and the explosive finale — but that’s about it. When the action stops and the characters have to sit around and converse, the dialogue is dire. After five go-rounds, McClane has lost the underdog appeal that made him charming — now he’s an old, tired and seemingly indestructible. His son is a whiny jerk.
And remember what a great villain Alan Rickman played in the original? The villains here don’t have an ounce of charisma. They’re hardly on screen long enough to do anything but act like cardboard bad guys.
On the plus side, the film is mercifully short at just over 90 minutes. On the other hand, the brisk pace makes for a pretty disjointed story.
So ladies, if your boyfriend was seriously thinking about taking you to the new “Die Hard” movie for Valentine’s Day, just show him this and thank me later.
Of course, if your boyfriend was seriously thinking about taking you to a “Die Hard” movie on Valentine’s Day, you might want to seriously rethink your relationship.