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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Bruce Willis
Jai Courtney
Cole Hauser
Amaury Nolesco.
Directors
John Moore.
Screenwriters
Skip Woods.
Running Time
97 minutes

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A Good Day To Die Hard
From Russia with whatevs…


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Plot
John McClane (Willis) goes to Moscow when his son is arrested for murder, only to discover that Jack (Courtney) is a CIA agent on an undercover mission. The McClanes go on the run in Russia, pursued by ruthless enemies.


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A Good Day To Die Hard
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The odds against Anything 5 being outstanding are fairly steep, and while he’s overcome worse in the past, John McClane doesn’t beat them. A Good Day To Die Hard also suffers from being the second footnote to a cycle which the first three Die Hards satisfactorily wrapped up into a trilogy.

Director John Moore, whose CV is littered with remakes (The Omen) and game adaptations (Max Payne), has 
a slight edge on Die Hard 4.0’s Len Wiseman, and CGI augmentation of the explosions and stunts is less clunky this time round, but a trip outside the US does the franchise few favours.

Post-Cold War jokes like “It’s not 1986 any more” fall flat while the McClanes embody US foreign policy by going abroad to “kill all the scumbags”, though it turns out they don’t know who the real scumbags are. It’s not as if Russia were underexposed in action movies – the chases through a wintery, traffic-clogged Moscow have a Pierce Brosnan Bond feel and the helicopter-bothered climax makes less effective use of a recreation of the city of Chernobyl than the minimally-budgeted Chernobyl Diaries did.

Besides the flagging enthusiasm of star Bruce Willis as he suffers the same shit for the fifth time, this is handicapped by a misunderstanding of what made the first three work. The traditional Die Hard supporting characters of imperiled family member and action sidekick are combined to partner up McClane with his secret agent son, and Jai Courtney (the hitman from Jack Reacher) dutifully matches Willis in grumbly demeanour, while plot twists and shoot-outs are punctuated with whiny father-son bonding it’s impossible to care about.

The key relationship in Die Hard (reprised in 3 and bungled in 4) was between lo-tech McClane and a witty, ingenious, well-resourced nemesis – but the baddies here are rote scowling Russians with little screen presence, with a few key moments of violence noticeably trimmed to secure a 12A certificate.


Verdict
A few reasonable action sequences are mired in family soap, making this A Good Day To Call It Quits.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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Two big problems with this movie ...

... one: Bruce Willis doesn't want to be there. It's like he;s trying to get fired. two: John Moore's direction has no style. His camera is boring (especially in dialogue scenes which have all the flair of an Eastenders omnibus) and he seems to lack wide-angle coverage in his action scenes. So, when nothing's happening you don't care because the actors aren't allowed to take risks and when something is happening you're not sure where things and people are in relation to each other. I think there... More

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Posted by Nicky C at 15:10, 22 January 2014 | Report This Post


A Good Day To Stay Home

The charismatic, wise-cracking John McClane that makes the other movies special is nowhere to be seen in this mess of a film, with a make-it-up-as-we-go-along script, lifeless acting and no heart. There are some chuckles when McClane says throughout the film that he's "on f*cking vacation", however the fact that there are only two actual set pieces, one being the necessary third-act finale, and an amazingly stupid car chase, makes this a forgettable outing. ... More

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Posted by Lol man at 16:15, 15 September 2013 | Report This Post


the director is stupid

I’M from Ukraine(the country in the eastern Europe). This is the place where the Chernobyl and The r. Pripyat are situated. So I have a question: how the hell did McClane and his son (a SPY o_O ) ride from MOSCOW to the Pripyat on a stolen car without documents if they HAD TO pass the Russian-Ukraine border with all customs procedures? Did they use a F*cking teleport for that? By the way - who is not stupid use the google map and calculate the distance between Moscow and Pripyat. it is ... More

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Posted by Gans at 20:02, 14 September 2013 | Report This Post


Lamentable.....

A by the numbers addition to the Die Hard series. The original is still regarded as a classic. This film will be remembered as a forgettable sidebar. Why don’t they bring back John McTiernan for the next one – or is he still in the nick? ... More

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Posted by BRAINDRAIN at 16:40, 23 August 2013 | Report This Post


Lamentable.....

A by the numbers addition to the Die Hard series. The original is still regarded as a classic. This film will be remembered as a forgettable sidebar. Why don’t they bring back John McTiernan for the next one – or is he still in the nick? ... More

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Posted by BRAINDRAIN at 16:40, 23 August 2013 | Report This Post


DOA

Homer Simpson seems to have taken over the Die Hard franchise. Trouble is – even though he’s loud and stupid and carries all the finesse of Buster Blood Vessel at free lunch buffet – he doesn’t make me laugh as much as the real Homer Simpson does, so I found it very difficult to warm to him. And the film itself wasn’t much better either. Sleep inducing crap about two Russian technocrats falling out with each other over the fall out in Chernobyl that involves (a) fin... More

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Posted by ROTGUT at 17:15, 19 August 2013 | Report This Post


Perhaps a new rule of film/scripts.......

Never ever use a son/father relationship to try and support an established ageing action character role. Film reminded me of The Mummy Three which had similar father/son premise, and equally crap results. Wanted to love this film...... ... More

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Posted by spilsburt at 00:28, 10 August 2013 | Report This Post


good-day-to-die-hard/

Perhaps if John Moore the Irish director had been handed a better script he may have made a superior film but I doubt it. It was always an odd choice to give him the reigns of the franchise because his films to date from Max Payne to Behind Enemy Lines, to the Omen remake have managed to make action dull. Even the central action sequence in downtown Moscow should be draw dropping instead amidst all the carnage it climaxes with a thud. Skip Woods the writer has also delivered some turkey screenp... More

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Posted by Conboy at 16:06, 08 June 2013 | Report This Post


Kinda film action film but it doesn`t really fit into the Die Hard franchise. It`s too over the top (even for a Die Hard flick this one pushes it) and the ending is just plain ridiculous. Bruce Willis can still do it but, speaking with the wise words of Danny Glover, he`s getting too old for this sh*t. Good thing though that in Jai Courtney they found a good replacement. 6,0/10 ... More

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Posted by TheGodfather at 21:57, 17 May 2013 | Report This Post


RE: What I wanna know...

L: MonsterCat L: Whistler Jai Courtney's comments at the London premiere are hilarous: "It offers everything that we've come to expect from this sort of franchise." "People won't be disappointed, that's for sure." "The care chase is gonna have people on the edge of their seats." et's be honest here, at least he's more enthusiastic about it than Bruce. hat's true, but I think his enthusiasm comes more from being excited by the fact that he scored a role... More

Posted by Whistler at 19:23, 03 March 2013 | Report This Post


RE: What I wanna know...

L: Whistler Jai Courtney's comments at the London premiere are hilarous: "It offers everything that we've come to expect from this sort of franchise." "People won't be disappointed, that's for sure." "The care chase is gonna have people on the edge of their seats." et's be honest here, at least he's more enthusiastic about it than Bruce. ... More

Posted by MonsterCat at 18:58, 03 March 2013 | Report This Post


RE: YOU LOT ARE SAD FACT!!!

L: sbm76 Die Hard 5 was never going to be a classic (neither were 2,3&4). But when we are stuck in the middle of award season where most of the films (not all) are made by pretensious tossers and suicidely boring (lincoln anyone) its good to see a far fetched action flick to have a bit of fun. I found it to be far better than parts 2&4 with good humour as always. As for bruce not looking interested its just the character showing that this has happened to many times before and he is bor... More

Posted by Whistler at 18:48, 03 March 2013 | Report This Post


RE: What I wanna know...

Jai Courtney's comments at the London premiere are hilarous: "It offers everything that we've come to expect from this sort of franchise." "People won't be disappointed, that's for sure." "The care chase is gonna have people on the edge of their seats." ... More

Posted by Whistler at 18:47, 03 March 2013 | Report This Post


RE: What I wanna know...

I love action movies, especially the Die Hard movies. This was not quite as great as the others, but I did get a kick out of it. ... More

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Posted by Lisamoviegeek at 18:32, 03 March 2013 | Report This Post


RE: What I wanna know...

Fuck me... I really wanted to like this film. For what its worth, John McClane was spot on and i thought it was surprising to hear the bad language back. It had some awesome actiony moments but most of the film was fucking terrible. Such a shame to end on this shitty note. On a side note, Sheffield Odeon, screen 6, what is this? A cinema for ants?! Edit: ok not spot on, on reflection, but quip wise yes. ... More

Posted by kumar at 00:43, 03 March 2013 | Report This Post


die hards dieing a slow death

This is not good. I came away hoping for much more. Willis is ok but he's far away from the John McClane of the first 3 which was also the case in die hard 4 as for the rest I don't care about the casting. No point really in making another one but I'm sure they will and why of why is this a 12a! This is the worst one of the die hards to date. ... More

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Posted by chrisharvey1551 at 00:13, 03 March 2013 | Report This Post


RE: YOU LOT ARE SAD FACT!!!

who the fuck are you, Rafa Benitez? ... More

Posted by Normal Control at 00:13, 03 March 2013 | Report This Post


YOU LOT ARE SAD FACT!!!

Die Hard 5 was never going to be a classic (neither were 2,3&4). But when we are stuck in the middle of award season where most of the films (not all) are made by pretensious tossers and suicidely boring (lincoln anyone) its good to see a far fetched action flick to have a bit of fun. I found it to be far better than parts 2&4 with good humour as always. As for bruce not looking interested its just the character showing that this has happened to many times before and he is bored of it al... More

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Posted by sbm76 at 11:48, 01 March 2013 | Report This Post


Sukkerz

Did ANYONE go into this expecting it to be good? And if you were expecting it to be shit, why give the Hollywood/Moroniplex fuckers more of your time and money? ... More

Posted by Normal Control at 20:33, 27 February 2013 | Report This Post


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very disapointed with "a good day to die hard" like many other franchises (lethal weapon, beverly hills cop to name two) it's become very different from the original. in the movie john mcclane crashes two vehicles & gets run over but doesn't have a scratch on him. it's like they thought we have a small plot idea so let's get mcclane to do this, then this & then that, with no real thought of a good story. and what's with all the emotional crap, it's a die hard movie for god's sake not the bloody... More

Posted by moviebuff73 at 22:17, 25 February 2013 | Report This Post


Shit Hard ... More

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Posted by Troubleshooter at 23:15, 24 February 2013 | Report This Post


RE: A Good Day To Die Hard

I'm gettin' too old for this shit. ... More

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Posted by spamandham at 02:40, 24 February 2013 | Report This Post


RE: I liked the starting credits

L: ElephantBoy L: Dr Lenera I thought it was distinctly average, and easily the worst of the series ot as bad as some are saying. The whole thing has obviously been chopped down cript was mediocre and Willis on distintly weak form. But it's quite fun if you take it on its own, with some great, if often silly, action, though the opening chase is so good the rest of the film suffers. Don't understand complaints about shakycam and incoherent editing:I hate all that and constantly ra... More

Posted by Dr Lenera at 18:51, 22 February 2013 | Report This Post


RE: I liked the starting credits

Still waiting for them to release my favourite one on 3D blu: er and Die Hard ... More

Posted by bennyboy1971 at 15:31, 22 February 2013 | Report This Post


RE: I liked the starting credits

L: Dr Lenera I thought it was distinctly average, and easily the worst of the series ot as bad as some are saying. The whole thing has obviously been chopped down cript was mediocre and Willis on distintly weak form. But it's quite fun if you take it on its own, with some great, if often silly, action, though the opening chase is so good the rest of the film suffers. Don't understand complaints about shakycam and incoherent editing:I hate all that and constantly rail against it but did... More

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